I like the geofencing capability of some home automation products and Apps – some suppliers lag in this area but will have to catch up sooner or later. Almost always, the geofencing capability works as described and reliably – that is a challenge for many pieces of electronics or Apps.
The granularity of geofencing is ok, I would say not great for local automation but usually sufficient to arm/disarm home automation features you have setup when you are leaving or entering the geofencing bubble.
What if you need more location accuracy? I am yet to see it appear in home automation yet but watch out for ‘What 3 Words’.
‘What 3 Words’ is pretty remarkable, not just from an automation possibility, but to identify your location in case you get lost on foot/car/canoe, or your car breaks down, or your Uber driver can’t find the street address.
Have a look at ‘What Three Words’, the App you can identify your location to within 3m wherever you are on the planet!
I am yet to see it appear in the home automation market but would expect it to come to fruition in the next 2 years. I can think of of several situations where the granularity would benefit home automation systems.
Go on, even if you have no inclination in home automation, go and read about ‘What 3 Words’ – it may save your life one day.
Stay Safe. Be Smart!