WHAT IS IT? Just what does the description, “smart home” mean? “Smart Home” is the term commonly used to define a residence that has appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, computers, entertainment audio & video systems, security, and camera systems that are capable of communicating with one another and can be controlled remotely, or by a time schedule, from any room in the home, as well as remotely from any location in the world with cellular and internet connectivity by cell phone, tablet or computer. The smart home concept first came onto the scene around the mid 1980’s. At that.