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A smart home is

a home equipped with lighting, heating, and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by phone or computer.
a home with a collection of internet-connected devices that a homeowner installs and operates in their home environment.[1]
[t]he networking of household devices and systems through information and communication technology. This way, processes within a home can be monitored and controlled automatically to optimize quality of life, costs, security, and environmental impact.[2]


"The fundamental concept of a smart home is one fitted or equipped with a range of interconnected sensors (light, temperature, motion, moisture, pressure, etc.), systems (heating, lighting, security, etc.), and devices (media devices, appliances, washing machines, fridges, home robotics, etc.), which can be automated, monitored and controlled, e.g., through a computer or smart phone, including from outside the home, or via the Internet. Smart homes can either be the result of integrated design, or the accumulation of interconnected components over time, perhaps in response to changing needs or availability of technology. The intent is to provide the occupants with sophisticated information about the state of their home, and to allow them to control the connected devices. In addition to consolidated and remote control of the home, a smart home may also be able to 'learn' the preferences of its inhabitants and adapt to them. In this case, the control interfaces may fade into the background. This shift is seen as critical to avoid overloading the household with the task of monitoring and programming the smart home."[3]