Updated: Sep 23, 2021
While the Coronavirus Pandemic has gripped the entire planet, those under lockdown in a Smart Home can rest a little easier, aware of their reduced interaction with surfaces — a major COVID-19 transmission factor.
With work from home being the new norm, people are likely to spend more time indoors with their family, and while the risks of infection drastically reduce while indoors — deliveries and shopping trips for essentials still pose a frequent threat every now and then.
A Smart Home has taken on a new term during these unprecedented times as a Safer Home and while social distancing is the best way to avoid trouble, maintaining personal hygiene and clean surroundings are paramount as well. In the process, it has become necessary to clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces such as tables, chairs, doorknobs, switches, and remotes.
It is likely that the post-COVID-19 world may see a shift in consumer behavior with regards to Smart Home adoption given one of the key factors for the lack of adoption is usually the lack of interaction with said systems. This could change with an increasing number of users relying on their phones or voice to control their homes.
The legacy of COVID-19 will be that the precautions being taken now will continue for millions of people who are bringing new routines to improve their day-to-day routines within their homes while minimizing contact with hazards within their vicinity and will continue to do so long after.
There are a variety of ways Aura can help keep you and your family safe, and today we are going to cover some of the primary ones.
Aura can remotely open Garage Doors or Entrances for delivery personnel to place the items in without having to touch any doorknobs or handles. Even when bringing the items personally, one can do so without having to unnecessarily touch different surfaces.
It’s been evaluated that the virus can last up to three hours later in the air, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. Given these circumstances, it is necessary to disinfect all items being delivered or brought in. The same can be done via UV lamp boxes as an alternate.
Lights & Curtains
Aura can keep you from interacting with any light switches or shades by letting you control them via the Aura App or Voice. The feedback mechanism in place lets the user know as to how his surroundings are being utilized, allowing them to have better control over their home. So that they can focus on their work from home rather than managing their surroundings which is beneficial given the number of distractions in one’s home.
Remotes have always been the primary way to control entertainment systems at home — be it a simple TV or a full-blown Home Theater. Over the course of a given day, those very remotes are likely to see multiple surfaces and exchange hands. And with the lockdown in place, people are more likely to spend more time listening to music or streaming video.
Aura lets you control volume, pause content, and press play all from the comfort of your couch using the App or just your voice. In addition, Aura is intelligent enough to pause an ongoing stream to make sure that the user gets the space they need during important work calls.
With everyone staying indoors, families with kids or elderly could have a hard time keeping an eye on everyone while working from home. Every now and then, they need to be checked on, to make sure they’re doing fine. Aura lets you stream CCTV feeds from existing cameras to your phone, letting you track the whereabouts of your loved ones from the comfort of your home office.
Pandemic or not, your plants have to be watered for them to survive. Aura lets you do so without having to physically venture out into your garden to take care of them, by being capable of remotely interacting with your water supply and irrigation systems.
With Digitization on the rise, a Connected Home is not a luxury anymore and the post-pandemic period is likely to see increased adoption of digital initiatives not just within the house but by Service Providers on the outside.