Historically, mobile phones were only ever as good as the features that defined them. You could be forgiven for thinking that this has changed in the age of the smartphone, but the fact remains that the quality of these contemporary devices relies largely on the range and nature of its accessible apps.

There is one crucial difference with smartphone’s, however, as these devices have the depth and resource to improve the quality of our lives. Take the concept of smart technology, which is driven by intuitive innovations around the home that can be controlled remotely and in real time through your handset (or tablet). This sector is also continuing to expand, so soon it may be possible to manage every aspect of your home in this way.

Three Surprising Ways In Which Your Smartphone Can Control Your Home

With this in mind, here are three unique and surprising ways in which smartphones can be used to control the innovative technology in your home:

Control Smart Thermostats And Heating Hubs

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If you have not heard of Hive and Nest, you are missing out on two of the seminal smart technology hubs of modern times. These devices serve as home heating and energy hubs, which are intuitive and can be synched with your mobile devices. Wi-Fi equipped, these devices enable you to control the temperature of your home, even tracking your location remotely so long as you have a basic mobile Internet connection.

You can therefore regulate your heating without programming a boiler or central heating system, capitalizing on real-time technology while optimizing your energy (and financial) savings during the course of the year.

Activate Electric Gates

Active Electric Gates are becoming frequently installed to help provide both ease of access and security for residents. Controlling these can be challenging, however, as historically you would be required to open and close these manually (which could be either inconvenient or time consuming depending on the scenario).

For many modern homes however, this is no longer the case as more and more households turn to remote controlled options. Drive gateways, such as those bi-fold electric gates from Portcullis, are equipped with a compatible sensor which can provide remote control through a smartphone. This allows for convenient use and improved energy efficiency, as you operate your gates in real-time without having to leave your vehicle or home.

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Access Motion Activated Security Cameras

The rise of smart technology has also heralded the dawn of intuitive surveillance systems, which are motion sensors and can be accessed, controlled and managed through your smartphone. These cameras provide live feeds straight to your handset, while they can also deliver real-time notifications if individual motion sensors are activated.

Interestingly, there has also been a rise of app-based internal cameras that can be accessed through mobile devices. Take the existing range of pet camera apps, for example, which use an iPad to capture feeds and then share these directly to a synched smartphone.

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