Now that you've joined the naak energy cloud platform you may not be aware that there's a world of difference between smart and intelligent energy management. In fact, your home or business may have a host of 'smart' devices that just don't have enough intelligence to manage your energy usage effectively!
Here's a look at why smart is distinct from intelligent.
Smart devices that aren't all that smart
When you consider the devices in your house it may be that more than just your phone is 'smart.' Your washing machine, HVAC unit, and fridge might also be smart. While the term ‘smart’ is largely applied to phones, it now means almost any device with a connection to the Internet that allows it to be managed from far away.
Of course, this is incredibly convenient. You're able to remotely control almost any of the devices plugged into the wall. Forgot to turn the heat off? Use your app to switch it off. Want your house at the perfect temperature when you return from work? Get your AC running in advance and set the temperature from your phone.
This is the ‘smart home’ - a house with a number of smart devices, often orchestrated by an energy management platform.
So typically, people think of a smart home as the ability to have control over the devices in your house, in person and remotely. But in this case, smart does not mean 'intelligent.'
Traditionally, ‘smart’ is defined as ‘able to solve problems easily.’ This description can't really be used to refer to an AC unit that can be turned off remotely. Although a group of smart devices in a home may nominally qualify as a ‘smart home,' when it comes to sheer brain power, it's pretty limited.