Home Automation – An Introduction
Intelligent Living will be known as “Home Automation” to many people. This is the ability for a number of systems around the property to interact with each other making life easier. These can be lighting systems, heating systems, security systems, CCTV, access control, automatic gates and audio visual systems. What we mean by this can vary greatly, but lets look at home security to start with.
Our Honeywell Dimension & Texecom Premier Elite control panels can interconnect with many home automation systems allowing one simple button push at the bedside at night time, to not only switch all the ground floor lights off, but maybe close the outside gates, close any curtains not previously pulled over, switch bedroom lights to say 50% brightness, dimming to 0% over the next 15mins, switch the heating to a lower temperature and finally turn the alarm on.
Should the alarm activate, you could program the home automation system to flash all the external lights, close electronic gates and communicate to the house holder, allowing pictures from their CCTV system to be displayed on their mobile phone, anywhere in the world.
Lets look at a fire alarm activation. Our system could be programmed to open the electronic gates to allow the fire brigade in, switch on all hallway and passageway lighting to assist egress from the property and maybe even flash the external lights to draw attention to the property.
Intelligent Living systems are not just fitted to multi-million pound houses, there is a big market in aids for the disabled. Take someone who is confined to a wheel-chair. They want to close the curtains when it starts to go dark, but have to rely on a neigbour to come in. We can install a system that with one simple button push on a remote control, will close all the curtains in the house and put lights on in the rooms that need to be illuminated.
Many large domestic and some commercial properties have “mood lighting” installations fitted. These allow combinations of lights and colours to be varied to allow different moods to be set up in a room. So for reading you would have bright lighting, watching TV a reduced subdued light and for that romantic meal maybe a low, coloured light; any combination of intensity and colour is possible.
The All In One Remote Control
Remote controls for TV’s, Sky boxes, DVD players, Hi-Fi systems have always been a pain! There’s so many that you loose them, forget what each button does or even forget which remote controls which piece of equipment. Our systems can include one single remote control that can be programmed to operate not only all of the above audio visual equipment, but can also control the home automation system and hence the heating, security, cctv, lighting; everything! The beauty of using a system such as this means that because we programme the remote, what would normally take many button pushes to say switch the TV on, switch the Sky box on, select the correct AV input on the TV and set up the video to record from the Sky box all this can be achieved by one press of a single button on the remote control unit.
Got a property abroad? How good would it be to know what is happening whilst you are not there? We can install security and CCTV systems that will send you a text if anything goes wrong. Or you are planning to visit your holiday home. Its winter, so although its warmer than here, there still may be a chill in the air. The problem can be solved by a simple phone call to your property, communicate with the intelligent living system and switch the heating on from the airport, so its nice and warm when you arrive. (The air conditioning can be controlled in the same way).
When you are at your property abroad, you could also monitor your property in the UK in the same way, giving total peace of mind. We have a solution to virtually any question that you can ask about home automation/intelligent living.
We have teamed up with a number of Home Automation Companies throughout the UK and can work in partnership with them to offer you a fully integrated solution.
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