Home automation: is there still a case for SMS with the internet of things?

IoT SMS gateway

The world of home automation is getting a tech upgrade with the Internet of Things. If you are a developer in the space, you need to decide whether to include SMS in your solution. A major advantage of SMS is that it will find you anywhere in the world - even with your mobile data switched off. Often you might be happy to track things via a mobile app, but there are times when you would want to deliver notifications promptly and reliably.


Security is at the forefront of people's minds when they think about their ideal home. With the Internet of Things, you now get smart locks and clever motion sensors that can enhance home security. Intruder detection could result in SMS alerts and an alarm is triggered before the intruder has even had a chance to touch the door. Perhaps your house could even have a voice-activated panic button that will notify key persons that a home invasion is underway.


Sensors can also detect gas leaks, smoke, fires or monitor general air quality. SMS messages will ensure you know about any problems almost instantly, enabling you to take corrective action and safeguard your loved ones and property.

Aquarium monitoring via the Internet of Things

Home aquariums, specifically marine or reef environments, are beautiful but expensive. Built-up over months and years with much love and attention from the owner, they are not easily replaced. There are many variables to keeping this environment safe for marine life: water temperature, pH, salinity, and a host of other chemicals checked at regular intervals. With the Internet of Things, clever sensors can monitor these variables and send SMS notification in the event of an emergency situation.

Adding SMS to your project

The Clickatell SMS Gateway is the world's largest online bulk SMS gateway, capable of delivering messages securely, reliably and instantly to more than 6 billion people worldwide. Get started with adding SMS to your project by signing up for a free Clickatell account. You get access to Clickatell Platform where you can integrate with our SMS APIs and test out functionality with free unlimited testing in our sandbox environment.

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