Smart Home Automation
The advent of the internet has revolutionized the way we live our lives today and has opened the door to new and exciting innovations such as Smart Homes.
Increasing number of devices are becoming 'smart' by having the ability to connect to a network and receive commands from other devices on the network over the internet or wired connection.
Home Automation or 'Domotics' involve the automatic centralized control of numerous electrical, electronic and mechanical devices which are connected to the internet.
When connected to the internet, these devices constitute the 'Internet of Things' and can be controlled remotely allowing occupants to manage their home's environment and security from a mobile device.
Smart Home Products
Automatic swing & sliding gates, Industrial doors, windows, Blinds & curtains
Indoor & Outdoor Lighting, Swimming pool lights
Communication & Entertainment
Audio & Video Intercoms, Phones, Smart speakers and cloud-based voice service, Switchboards, Smart
Power Supply & Distribution
Actuators, Energy Meters, Batteries, UPS
Conventional systems, Extinguishing systems, Electromagnetic stops, Atex directive systems; Analog addressed systems
Locks, surveillance systems, Motion Sensors, IP Cameras, Thermal cameras, Joysticks / keyboards, Monitor, Optics / lenses, Analog systems
Access points, Network adapters, Firewalls, Modems, Radio link, VPN, Servers and Racks, Router, Switch, Wired & Wireless LAN
Thermostats, Probes, Exhaust and fresh air fans, Misting, Fountains and Irrigation systems
Biometric readers, Tag readers, Radar, Receivers, Keyboards, Weave, Transmitters
Using a combination of Smart Technologies, it is possible to automate many aspects of our daily life from our living room to our bedroom and even our kitchen.
Thermostats for heating and cooling systems that are set to automatically adjust the temperature in the home throughout the day so that occupants do not need to be concerned with existing it themselves.
Lights can be linked to motion sensors or automatic timers so they can come on when people are in the house at night, and automatically switch off when they leave in the morning.
Sensors and Security locks that detect when doors and windows are opened, and alert the authorities in the event of a break in.
Washing machines and dishwashers that can clean clothes or dishes automaticly while people are away from home
Water heaters that can switch on and off automatically when they are needed, reducing the need for occupants to remember to do so manually.
Kitchen appliances such as refrigerators and ovens that automatically order supplies when necessary.
The possibilities are Limitless...
The operating standards we adopt for home automation technology to create your smart home include:
KNX is an open standard (see EN 50090, ISO/IEC 14543) for commercial and domestic building automation. KNX devices can manage lighting, blinds and shutters, HVAC, security systems, energy management, audio video, white goods, displays, remote control, etc. KNX evolved from three earlier standards; the European Home Systems Protocol (EHS), BatiBUS, and the European Installation Bus (EIB or Instabus). It can use twisted pair (in a tree, line or star topology), powerline, RF, or IP links . On this network, the devices form distributed applications and tight interaction is possible. This is implemented via interworking models with standardised datapoint types and objects, modelling logical device channels.
Z-Wave is a wireless communications protocol used primarily for residential and commercial building automation. It is a mesh network using low-energy radio waves to communicate from device to device, allowing for wireless control of smart home devices, such as smart lights, security systems, thermostats, sensors, smart door locks, and garage door openers.
Zigbee is an IEEE 802.15.4-based specification for a suite of high-level communication protocols used to create personal area networks with small, low-power digital radios, such as for home automation, medical device data collection, and other low-power low-bandwidth needs, designed for small scale projects which need wireless connection. Hence, Zigbee is a low-power, low data rate, and close proximity (i.e., personal area) wireless ad hoc network.
The level of automation and interconnectedness is starting to make its way into homes of everyday people.
However many people are unsure how to implement the smart home technology's in their homes and what the best strategies are for improving the security and overall convenience of their living space