“Security For The IoT Is Tough And Risky. A Security Breach Can Put Human Lives At Risk”

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A smart home hub can be connected either locally or to the cloud that uses such protocols as Zigbee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Karan Kumar, co-founder and chief technology officer, Hogar Controls, discusses with Deepshikha Shukla advantages of Z-Wave technology and the security features required for home automation.


Karan Kumar, co-founder and chief technology officer, Hogar Controls
Karan Kumar, co-founder and chief technology officer, Hogar Controls

Q. Which technologies are used for home automation control?

A. The most widely-used wireless technologies for home automation are Z-Wave, Zigbee, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and so on. These technologies are used globally in various gadgets used for home automation. All technologies have pros and cons in terms of product compatibility, radio frequency (RF) range, availability and pricing.

Home security systems, video doorbells, smart lighting, plugs, water heaters, air-conditioners, ovens, curtains, sensors, audio video equipment, cameras, control systems and so on are the different types of gadgets that harness these technologies for home automation.

Q. What ensures security of these devices?

A. One of the main ways to ensure security of home control devices is data and network encryption. Data should be stored and accessed only via passwords or similar encryption methods.

Regular firmware updates and strong firewall systems are other ways to protect these appliances from cyber-crime. Strong authentication procedures go a long way in protecting these devices and, ultimately, a home.

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