Smart home technology is a concept that covers several sub-topics related to installation, connectivity, telemetry, remote management and optimization of home devices.
Initially, only selected types of devices were related to this term. However, with IoT becoming increasingly more common, smart home technology can refer to almost any home device. These devices include, for example, smart light bulbs, smart energy meters, smart plugs, smart thermostats, smart fridges, smart heaters and smart window shutters.
So why is this all relevant? The key idea of a modern smart home is to integrate all devices so that they can be controlled by a single application. This modern solution often allows us to do this even with devices from different manufacturers. This is due to the standardized communication protocols, utilizing existing architecture (WiFi and/or global internet), Bluetooth, ZigBee.
Due to the operators of such platforms, one can even access their locally-connected devices through the global internet via their servers, by simply logging onto their account.