Smart Digital Switches – Project Exposition
After successfully developing IoT products with a global appeal like smart parking and industrial smart helmets, we were looking to expand our embedded solutions capability with a smaller and more commercial product.
Our team of business analysts and IoT innovators banded together to research extensively for that one product that would be present at almost every location that people access (home, office, social gatherings, etc.). That’s when we came up with the best possible IoT product idea, compact WiFi smart switches.
Almost all our home and office appliances need a power plug to function or recharge, and those plugs work on switches. So, we decided to IoTify the source rather than a wide range of products. We found out what the existing smart switches offered and the issues these smart products have, and we improved upon them.
We resolved the outdated smart light switch design with a new and improved IoT product with higher capabilities and functionality.
Industries benefiting from our top smart switches
What are the customer pain points?
There are two categories of customers, and both face different troubles. The first ones don’t have the smart dimmer switch installed in their homes or offices, while the second category is of people who have integrated outdated wifi light switches. Here are the pain points of both these categories of customers:
Benefits of integrating our best smart switches into your infrastructure
The smart switches that we built were the ultimate resolution for people looking to integrate or upgrade their smart homes and offices. There are several benefits to our IoT product, but the top one would be that this system has virtually no additional cost of integration.
Top features of smart switch IoT product
All the best WiFi switch features were developed by working upon the existing smart home light switch models in the market and researching the end-users’ wants. These are the most prominent features of our commercial smart switch solution. We are also upgrading as new trends are introduced in the IoT space.
Wi-Fi 2.4GHz b/g/n
Load Handling capacity per switch – 230VAC @10A
Module based designed
Google Alexa Integration
On/off plugged-in devices via a mobile app
Single tap for multiple device control
Away mode can set the smart fixtures on and off at random times to protect from thieves
Voice command with smart speakers can be integrated
Advanced device commands with additional IR blaster specific to control old Air conditioners
Encrypted data transfer for secure network
Appliance usage scheduling via the app
Local network functional (when the internet is down)
Challenges we faced with the smart switches project
Several companies provide smart switches as a product, so our plan of action had to be about offering what they lack. So, we studied all the issues that existing brands faced and found creative solutions for those issues. Here are the challenges that we faced while developing our IoT-based smart switches:
1. Switch’s off position issue
One big concern with smart switches is that you’ll never be able to control them via a smartphone app if the physical switch is in the off position.
The classic solution is to fit in a custom switchboard; while it will resolve this issue, it’ll be a costly affair. We wanted to create an IoT product that could be integrated to your existing switch panels without any major rework. So, we built a compact IoT product that can be attached to your existing switchboard.
2. What happens when the internet is down?
An IoT product exclusively depends on the internet to function, hence the name Internet of Things. But what will happen when the internet is down due to some reason?
We built a system that could work even when the internet is down. The solution is quite simple. Our smart switches will be connected to your home or office’s local WiFi network, and if your mobile is connected to the same local network, you can access the products even without the internet.
The impacts of our smart switches on various stakeholders
We chose to work on switches for our new IoT project because, in a digital world, it’s the key to running every other product, leading to high potential. Here are all the wonderful impacts that our product has brought on various stakeholders:
Tech Stack used to create the fabulous smart switches IoT product
What is the future scope of the smart switches product?
The future of IoT and particularly our IoT product, is very promising. You may think how much more could one innovate with an electrical switch, but we’re just getting started. We have planned several powerful additions to this product in the short term as well as long term.
Anyone can control their smart office and smart home light switches with a mobile app, but we all know that wearable devices are the future of IoT. So, we are working on making our products accessible with prominent wearable devices like smartwatches and smart bands. Another short-term goal is to make a software upgrade to provide users the information about all the plugged-in devices’ maintenance and upgrade calendar.
A big plan for our smart switch product is to integrate machine learning into the system, which will learn the user patterns and create a profile for them based on their daily interactions with lights, fans, and all other plugged-in appliances. This way, the system can automate several tasks according to the user’s preference.