Automation technology used to be installed only in the major commercial centers, banks or various institutions. It wasn’t until a decade ago that the evolution of information technology (IT) allowed homeowners to increase the security level of their properties with automated systems.

The surge of smart technology has made automation even more relevant and available on a larger scale. Here are some of the most common forms of automated technology that uses IT functions to increase the control of the end user:

Home Automation

Having full control over your home has never been as easy as it is today. Automation systems allow you to control everything from the alarm, the lights, the TV and even your fridge through simple applications on your smartphone. This aspect of modern life is part of what scientists call “the Internet of Things” – a system that enables among others for every device or appliance to have its IP.

Traditional local area networks installed on your computer used to include a few laptops and possibly a printer. Nowadays, this complex structure can easily comprise your PC, your washing machine, your toaster and even your garage door. As long as that device has an IP, then you can control it remotely and program its settings without even getting up from the couch.

Cloud computing

The practice of storing data and information on your local hard drive is obsolete. With cloud computing, you can manage, and process high quantities of resources on a server hosted on the Internet. All your projects, your holiday photos, and your licensed programs can safely be uploaded to a sizeable storage area that has no physical characteristic.

One of the main benefits of using cloud computing is its automation feature. This technology enables you to access your files from anywhere on the planet as long as you have a stable Internet connection. If you travel the world for a business conference, but you forget the presentation on your home-based PC, you can still access it if you have previously stored it on a cloud server. Automated cloud computing technology makes it easier to process data and share information over vast distances.

Industrial Automation

More and more factories have replaced human workers with robots that perform the same tasks only at a higher pace and without the natural human inclination for mistakes. This current reality is a result of the great advent of industrial automation and information technology. Nowadays, a company that assembles cars only employs 20% of the number of engineers that it used to have over two decades ago. Through the power of remote control and fast data processing, several robotic devices can work flawlessly to complete their job in 1/5 of the time needed by a team of human workers to achieve the same result.

Robotic automation is based on the concept of “digital logic” – a complicated process that gets rid of human flaw and increases both productivity and efficiency. The main disadvantage of this technology is the possibility of a large scale economic crisis caused by the growth of human unemployment at the hands of the robots.