The Internet of Things (IoT)—which I think of as how smart devices talk to each other—is all the buzz. My Google Home device talks to my Pandora stations well enough, but if I ask it to play ‘music’ instead of ‘radio,’ it just can’t connect the dots. If it’s too noisy in the room, my soft voice can get lost in the confusion. My husband’s booming voice is easily recognized. Even with those struggles, a busy mom like myself loves the convenience it offers.

In our house, Google Home is basically a hands-free stereo system. I can adjust the volume and change stations per my “Okay Google” request. I check the weather and set timers while cooking. Though I don’t use it for much else, it represents a revolution in smart technology. And it has enabled many a dance party with my family.

2016 capped off a year when IoT technology became more integrated in our daily lives. IoT is life’s personal assistant, and home-centered use is an exciting area of home development.

A recent article published on CIO listed the Top 5 Internet of Things Trends of 2016. Along with connected cars and homes, IoT is effecting everything from the workplace, retail, energy management, city planning and more. It starts with one product, one house and one person at a time.

Once we reach the IoT tipping point, when billions of such devices are installed in homes and offices around the globe, all that data traffic will have a big impact on communications networks. Being ready to support all that extra traffic is part of network evolutions going on now. CommScope offers our best practices for IoT in the Connected and Efficient Buildings e-book. The e-book also includes lots of useful information about other network technologies for inside buildings. Download your free copy now.

In the meantime, I’ll continue talking using my Google Home for fun and convenience. Are you using a home IoT device yet?

About the Author

Melissa Strait

Melissa Strait is an executive assistant for the Office of CTO at CommScope. She has 10 years of experience in writing about arts, culture and the Twin Cities community and is excited to foray into broadband network solutions and wireless technology. Under her maiden name Slachetka, she held the title of freelance journalist, book reviewer, and newspaper editor until she decided to take the title of “Mrs.” by marrying a graphic designer and starting a family.

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2 comments for "Google Home and IoT for Beginners"
Sidney Blank Wednesday, May 31, 2017 12:22 PM

I'm using several. A security camera, thermostat, smoke alarm, lock and sprinkler system and an electrical socket for a lamp. I have some IFTTT applets set up so that the lamp turns on when I open the door for example but I don't have a voice control yet to tie them together. I've been looking at Google Home and Alexa but haven't made up my mind yet.

Melissa Strait Thursday, June 01, 2017 3:24 PM

Hi Sidney, Sounds like you are well on your way! Voice control will tie together your smart home perfectly.

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