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Smart Home as a Service - SHaaS Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

How Smart Homes Can Deliver Sustainability as a Service

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.


The term “smart” implies intell­igence with decisi­on-­making capabi­lities. A smart device and applic­ation can analyze incoming data and make a decision to control or activate a device without human interv­ention.

In the context of the home, “smart” refers to a network of sensors in the house that measures and monitors the enviro­nment. The network senses who is in the home, where they are in the home, and what the “normal” activity is in the home at that particular day and time.

Smart Home as a Service (SHaaS)

Smart Home as a Service (SHaaS) is a collection of services that analyzes input from the smart home’s sensors, learns how the family lives and how the home is used, and can make intell­igent decisions to make homes more comfor­table, safe, and energy­-ef­fic­ient.

Instead of a consumer having to decide which hardware and software options or which wireless technology to implement in their home, they can simply leave it up to the providers of services they already use (e.g., internet access, security, and entert­ain­ment).

By opting for SHaaS, consumers don’t have to be techno­log­ically savvy or care about the underlying wireless techno­logy. Having one provider respon­sible for instal­lation, setup, and management of the network makes it much faster to implement services, add new services, and ensure that controls and user interfaces are unified.

Four Basic Compon­enets of SHaaS

1. A network of sensors in the home provides a general indication of when and where movement occurs in the home and whether the home is secure, what the enviro­nmental conditions are, and whether there are any issues (a leak, for example).
2. The inform­ation derived from sensors is wirelessly collected by a local hub (gateway, set-top box, etc.) and securely transm­itted to an intell­igent cloud service that collects and analyzes the data, and sends alerts to family members when it detects changes.
3. A central management app enables the consumer to manage the network via a smartphone or any web-co­nnected device in a single user interface.
4. The service provider is able to easily handle customer support, billing, and subscriber manage­ment, as well as software and service upgrades and changes.

Smart Home as a Service


New techno­logy, composed of sensors and analytics, is empowering smart-home solutions that learn from the people who live there. These systems use this knowledge to make predic­tions about future behaviors and take actions that enhance comfort and conven­ience, save money, and reduce enviro­nmental impacts. Smart Home as a Service enables consumers to practice sustai­nab­ility and help ensure a cleaner future simply by exerting greater control over the way resources are used in their homes.