Connected objects and home automation are not new. These technologies have been around for over 30 years. But why has this phenomenon been under the spotlights only for the past few years?
This can be explained by the evolution of these technologies in recent years. These objects take up less space, their set up is easy and the cost has dropped significantly. Not to mention the change in our consumption pattern of smartphones and tablets, objects that have become ubiquitous in our everyday lives.
Home automation has become accessible to the great majority.
Houses, cars and gardens become connected. Pools and spas have also followed the trend to make life easier for consumers and provide a greater level of comfort and safety
What are the components of a connected pool?
The first player in a connected pool is the pool. Whether small, large, well-equipped or with minimum equipment, there is a suitable installation for it.
Another component is the object or installation that makes the pool smart. This equipment varies depending on the pool and the needs of the user. There is very simple and more complex equipment in all areas: water analysis, water treatment, lighting, heat pumps and many others.
Then, as its name suggests, a connection means is needed to have a connected pool. There are several types of telecommunications networks. The best known is the wireless Wi-Fi network. It is energy-hungry and expensive. The Bluetooth network is a short-range wireless network allowing the transmission of a small amount of data at a low cost and low consumption.
The rush for connected objects has triggered the emergence of new connectivity technologies at low prices and low energy consumption. These networks are designed to transmit a limited amount of data over long distances. In this category, two technologies stand out: Sigfox and LoRa.
3G, 4G cellular networks. They work thanks to a SIM card in the device. This technology makes it possible to collect and transmit large volumes of data. It consumes a lot of energy and is relatively expensive.
To complete the listing, the smartphone plays a key role to connect a pool. It is the intermediate interface between the pool and the user. It acts both as an informer since it communicates the device information to the user, and as an executor since it orders the execution of various actions to the installations.
Connected objects are here to stay. This is not a fad phenomenon, but the premise of the future.
Tip: get used to them as soon as possible to avoid feeling overwhelmed.