CommScope_Smarthome_IotWell, it’s been over a year since I reviewed my Google Home in this blog. This past Christmas, my sister got us one of the newest models, so now we have one upstairs and one downstairs. What do I think of this technology now? Let’s revisit.

CLICK TO TWEET: CommScope's Melissa Strait wants to know how you are implementing IoT devices in your home.

In addition to gaining another Google Home, our family grew by one…and the oldest became quite a talker at just barely four. He can have Google “play” and “stop” music. He sometimes asks Google questions, but usually Google doesn’t understand him or provide an answer. To be fair, the questions he asks show an imaginative flair that cannot be categorized in algorithms.

So, what do I use Google Home for now? I still set timers for cooking, and found they also work great for kiddo time-outs. I still listen to music. I discovered many radio stations are available, so I’ve happily added two local stations to the mix. I researched if I could use the two Google Homes as baby monitors, but that function is not available (hint, hint, Google and competitors).

For a busy working mom, Google Home does provide an extra set of “hands” for some basic items, but it isn’t a revolution in the Internet of Things (IoT)...yet. Billions of IoT devices are being installed in homes and offices around the globe. All this growing data traffic will have a big impact on communication networks, and hopefully offer new capabilities to make home life better.

CommScope is ready to support IoT network evolution. Check out the best practices for IoT in our Smart Building Connectivity ebook. It contains tons of info on network technologies in buildings. You will see how much a connected and efficient data center and network could play a role in your “connected home.”

How are you implementing IoT devices in your home?

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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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1 comment for "Are you using a home IoT device yet?"
Bruce Thursday, August 02, 2018 6:38 PM

If the IoT means having more wireless devices ("a person streaming video wirelessly" (1)) and deploying more wireless systems ("work their way into 5G architectural requirements" (2)), then I don't want any part of it. Science is proving that radio frequency radiation (used in mobile phones, wireless routers, wireless phones,...) is harmful to humans. This following excerpt is eye opening, "Others have dismissed the strong evidence for harm from ELF- and RF-EMFs by arguing that we do not know the mechanism whereby such low energetic EMFs might cause cancer and other diseases. We have definitive evidence that use of a mobile phone results in changes in brain metabolism (Volkow et al., 2011). We know that low-intensity ELF- and RF-EMFs generate reactive oxygen species (ROS), alter calcium metabolism and change gene expression through epigenetic mechanisms, any of which may result in development of cancer and/or other diseases or physiological changes (see www.bioinitiative.org for many references). We do not know the mechanisms behind many known human carcinogens, dioxins and arsenic being two examples. Given the strength of the evidence for harm to humans it is imperative to reduce human exposure to EMFs. This is the essence of the “precautionary principle”." (3). A 5G network (high-data rate but short-range) will have a cell antenna every 100-500 feet, perhaps right in front of your house or right out your bedroom window! The industry is pushing to streamline the deployment of small cell (for 3G, 4G, and then 5G), and it is their desire to castrate every community in the country from their power to regulate where the small cell antennas go. So, though the industry chooses to ignore the evidence of harm to humans, animals, insects, and the environment in general, I choose to alleviate wireless devices from the atmosphere I live and work in. So I will use WIRED devices, but not WIRELESS devices. Excerpts taken from: https://www.commscope.com/Blog/CommScope-Definitions-What-Is-the-Internet-of-Things/ (1), (2). https://www.saferemr.com/2018/07/international-perspective-on-health.html (3)

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