The Smart Home also known as the Connected Home, uses modern automation systems to provide a practical way of controlling electronic devices in the home. Smart Home technology can include, but is not limited to, the scheduling and automatic operation of heating, lighting, electrical and security systems.
This advanced technology allows these vital home functions to be controlled remotely from anywhere in the world using an internet connected device.
As Smart Homes or home automation becomes more popular and mainstream, and more household items become connected to each other, it is essential that these devices are easy to control. So rather than have one app for each device, it is far more feasible to have one app that controls all Smart Home devices. To this end there are lots of different platforms that do this, however among the most popular are IFTTT and Works with Nest.