5 key considerations when building a smart home system

By: Develco Products A/S

14, June, 2019


Connected Living - IoT - Smart Home -


Today, we experience a continuously increasing demand for integrating intelligent solutions into private homes, and IoT devices are becoming a common part of everyday life across the globe. For solution providers seeking to meet the needs of modern life by building smart home systems, these 5 considerations will help ensure the success of the systems.

How are the data kept safe? 
A vital consideration for solution providers is how to ensure that the data transferred in the system are kept secure. Private data of the users are collected through the system, and they need to remain private. This means making sure the data are inaccessible to outsiders is paramount. To guarantee the users a high level of security, the devices integrated into a system need to live up to strict standards of security when communicating with each other, e.g. via multi-layered security using installation codes, certificates, and encryption keys to authenticate the connection.

How is a high level of reliability ensured?
One of the most important considerations when building a smart home system is how to ensure a high level of reliability. In relation to the connected devices integrated into the system, it is essential that tampering and false alarms are prevented. In this regard, the maturity of devices is essential. Thoroughly tested and validated devices is the guarantee for a highly reliable connection in the system. Moreover, tamper switches ensure that the devices are not tampered with without instant warning. In case of a temporary power outage or cuts in the internet connection, battery backups ensure that locally stored data within the smart home system are not lost, meaning that the system will keep functioning.

Is the system cost-effective?
When building a smart home system, it is important to get a customized system and avoid spending money on features and functionalities that are not needed. A way to have a cost-effective system is to use a platform that offers configurations options. With a modular and configurable platform, it is possible to include only the chipsets and modules necessary for the specific system. Moreover, the solution will be tailored to the users’ needs.

How user-friendly is the system?
The success of any wireless system relies on the adoption among the users. A common barrier for the adoption is created in the first meeting between the users and a smart home system. To provide the users with a great first impression of the system, it is vital that the included devices are easy to install. Here, plug and play functionality will greatly ease the installation process for the users. In combination with long battery lives of the devices and the possibility of the solution provider to perform over-the-air updates, the required amount of maintenance is kept to a minimum, providing the users with a positive experience when using the system.

Is the system future-proof?
When building a smart home system, it is also important to consider how to make sure that it is future-proof. The world of IoT is evolving constantly, and technological advancements are brought to the market daily. This means that a rigid and inflexible system will easily be outdated. A way to prevent this from happening is to base a system on open standards instead of propriety protocols. By choosing open standards, the interoperability of the system is enhanced, preparing it for new devices to be connected in the future. With a flexible, open platform it is possible to integrate products across vendors to match the needs of the users continuously.

Since 2007, the Danish tech company Develco Products has developed and produced a wide range of white label devices for providers of IoT solutions. Smart home solution providers greatly appreciate the high level of flexibility, interoperability, and security offered by the devices.  

Explore the opportunities opened by the IoT devices at https://www.develcoproducts.com/.

Develco Products is exhibiting at IoT Tech Expo Europe in RAI, Amsterdam on 19-20 June. Find them at stand #641.