Home automation is simply connecting all the functional elements of your home to a network (Internet) and putting it to work for you.
Home automation technology lets you control, monitor and track your home from anywhere in the world. Get real-time control using your smartphone, computer or tablet device. Smart home devices can also be programmed to respond to external events, without requiring your input.
For instance, controlling your lights from your smartphone is active control, while programming your lights to automatically turn on, when an intruder breaks in, is passive control.
When paired up with sources for contextual information (weather, traffic, social media, sensors, usage-patterns, etc.), home automation technology can be used to achieve both forms of control (active and passive), and deliver an unparalleled comfort experience.