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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
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18 August, 2017: RTI, a control and automation manufacturer for residential and commercial settings, announced that Clint Forberg has returned to the company as its Central United States Regional Business Manager. In his...
Bitdefender report: 175,000 Internet of Things connected security cameras vulnerable to cyber attacks
7 August, 2017: Some 175,000 Internet of Things (IoT) connected security cameras are vulnerable to hacks that would allow cybercriminals to enter a user's network, spy on the owner, or become part of a malicious botnet, according...
WAMA appoints AVAS Integrated Systems as distributor in the USA
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Kwikset launches new Z-Wave Smart Lock Conversion Kit for keyless entry and home automation
18 July, 2017: Kwikset brand of Spectrum Brands Inc., the provider of residential security, announces Kwikset Convert, the company’s new Z-Wave Smart Lock Conversion Kit. The kit will turn mechanical locks – even...
How to enhance IoT applications with network video surveillance
Remember the old adage “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts?” Nowhere is that truism more evident than when you add network video to the current generation of Internet of Things (IoT)...
IFSEC 2017 Day 1: Trade show highlights changing security needs in Europe
21 June, 2017: Has there ever been a better time for a security trade show in Europe? Shifting threats such as terrorism and a volatile political climate serve as reminders every day of the importance of security in our lives, and even...
Schlage survey results indicate need for technologically advanced lock products
30 June, 2017: Schlage®, a brand of Allegion that creates technologically advanced lock products to help multi- and single-family owners secure properties, has released nationwide survey results indicating three in four...
KDDI uses Sigma Designs' Z-Wave Technology for Japan’s first Smart Home service
30 June, 2017: Sigma Designs, a provider of intelligent system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for connected smart TV platforms and smart home IoT, announces that Japan’s largest telco corporation, KDDI, uses Z-Wave as the...
Hikvision remains number one CCTV and video surveillance equipment provider - IHS Markit 2017 report
23 June, 2017: Building on the company’s incredible year-on-year growth, and underlining the global level of support for its range of security surveillance products, Hikvision, a supplier of video surveillance products and...
Honeywell's new building technology and home security solutions on display at IFSEC and FIREX 2017
20 June, 2017: This year at IFSEC & FIREX, Honeywell will unveil a series of new products across its building technology and home security solutions portfolios that enable greater safety, security, comfort and efficiency for...
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