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Home automation

Home automation is a solution to monitor and control basic home functions automatically and sometimes remotely. It includes control over appliances, heating and cooling systems, lighting, sprinklers etc. From a security standpoint, you can remotely monitor and access your surveillance cameras, alarm systems, smoke detectors, locks and other security devices in your house. Home automation may also allow you to access and control your devices from anywhere in the world with the help of any internet-connected device. This technological solution ensures all your home devices and systems are networked together, thus offering seamless control and security of your home.

Components

The primary components of a typical home automation system comprises a computer, smartphone or tablet, emergency power backup for the computer, software, interconnected cables or wireless links, speedy internet connection, and systems or devices to be controlled. Home devices and systems are linked over a medium such as electrical power cables, coaxial cable, radio frequency, infrared or spread spectrum technology.

Benefits – Safety with convenience

Home automation has various benefits such as security, control, convenience, energy savings and money savings. Home automation with safety and voice control features helps senior citizens and the physically challenged.

Some of the benefits of home automation are stated in detail:

  • Security: Security systems can be accessed and monitored from anywhere via live video feed, email and text notifications.
  • Safety: Sensors that can detect fire, water leak, motion, carbon monoxide and other occurrences help mitigate disasters because they can directly communicate with you.
  • Control: Applications on smartphones and tablets remotely control devices and systems within your home.
  • Savings: Devices such as sprinklers, water heater, Wi-Fi enabled lights and power monitoring outlets connected with the home automation system reduce energy and water use.
  • Convenience: Door locks activated when all the lights in the house are off, having your house lights turn on when you arrive or the door opening as you approach it are some examples of smart technology.

Internet of Things

Home automation combined with “The Internet of Things” transforms an automated home into a smart home. The Internet of Things utilises a blend of sensors and smart systems to connect objects to a network, allowing these objects to communicate with each other and complete tasks.

Advent of home automation

Home automation is not all about luxury, it’s now a necessity. Today's technology makes it affordable for homeowners to buy and install their own home automation systems. The regular consumer’s dream to live in a "smart home" has now become a reality.

Home automation - Applications
Akuvox all-Android intercom solution ensures smart living environmentAkuvox all-Android intercom solution ensures smart living environment
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Home automation - News
Mark Douglas joins Texecom as Sales Director
5 October, 2017: Texecom is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Douglas as Sales Director.   Mark joins Texecom from Pareto Law, where he was responsible for development and delivery of a range of...
Pelco and NAFFCO among companies returning for Intersec’s 2018 20th anniversary in Dubai
5 October, 2017: As preparations continue ahead of Intersec 2018, the 20th anniversary edition of world’s largest trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection will be a notable milestone for a number of exhibitors that have grown...
iluminar enters Ameristar’s Perimeter InSite partnership initiative improving lighting technology
4 October, 2017: iluminar Inc., the specialist manufacturer and supplier of infrared and white light illuminators, announced that it will join Ameristar Perimeter Security’s Perimeter InSite partnership initiative as the expert in perimeter...
Texecom hires Michael Stembridge as Technical Director
4 October, 2017: Texecom has announced the appointment of Michael Stembridge as Technical Director. Michael joins Texecom from sister Halma company Avire, a global manufacturer of safety, display and monitoring solutions...
Texecom launches new ‘Texecom Connect’ security and automation platform
29 September, 2017: Texecom’s new connectivity platform, Texecom Connect, allows security installers to deliver enhanced smart solutions for both commercial and residential customers without compromising on core security...
Intersec 2018 prepares for 20th anniversary edition in Dubai
29 September, 2017: Intersec, the world’s largest trade and networking event for security, safety and fire protection, is set to celebrate two decades of remarkable success when it opens its doors in January 2018 in Dubai. Intersec...
FERMAX LYNX door entry system for residential and commercial projects
29 September, 2017: IP technology has revolutionised the home and business security market. Digital systems have many advantages compared to conventional systems used in the security and building sectors. The innovative spirit...

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Dahua’s new alarm kits add safety to home living
21 September, 2017: Homes are supposed to be safe, but unfortunately this is not always the case - a fact we have been reminded of by occasional tragic news. People cannot help but wonder: Why do these tragedies happen?...
Secutech Vietnam 10th anniversary witnessed record-breaking increase in visitor numbers
19 September, 2017: The 10th edition of Secutech Vietnam will be remembered for its record-breaking increase in visitor numbers. The show welcomed 12,097 global visitors (2016: 7,473) – up 62% on last year, as exhibitors...
Huawei joins the Z-Wave Alliance’s Board of Directors
15 September, 2017: The Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of global companies deploying the Z-Wave smart home standard, announces the addition of leading ICT solutions provider, Huawei, to the Alliance Board of Directors. Huawei...
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Home automation : Manufacturers & Suppliers

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Now shipping: Arecont MegaVideo 4K with SNAPstream, NightView and WDR
Now shipping: Arecont MegaVideo 4K with SNAPstream, NightView and WDR

The 8.3MP/1080p MegaVideo® 4K dual mode network camera is the new generation of Arecont Vision’s MegaVideo cameras. This fully compliant implementation of H.264 (MPEG-4, Part 10) provides full 3840 x 2160 megapixel resolution at full video frame rates of 30 frames per second (fps) at 8MP and 60fps while in 1080p binning mode.

3 ultra high-definition IP lenses

The series combines a day/night mechanical IR cut filter with a choice of three ultra-high definition P-iris lenses for precise, optimal image quality. MegaVideo 4K performs exceptionally well in very low-light thanks to NightView™, making it capable of covering areas where very little light is present.

Features include SNAPstream™ (Smart Noise Adaptation and Processing) to reduce bandwidth without impacting image quality, scaling, binning mode, privacy masking, extended motion detection, flexible cropping, and Power over Ethernet (PoE - ...

In Focus
Arecont VisionASSA ABLOY EMEA
BCDVideoCLIQ - ASSA ABLOY
Dahua Technology LtdDelta Scientific Corporation
FLIR Commercial Vision System B.V.Hikvision
LTV Europe Sicherheitstechnik GmbHMOBOTIX AG
Nedap Security ManagementPelco by Schneider Electric
Promise TechnologyPyronix Limited
Seagate TechnologySeeTec GmbH
TESAVanderbilt Industries
Vicon Industries

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