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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
Johnson Controls’ DSC Iotega Provides Safer And Smarter Living For Homes And Small Businesses
November 20, 2017: Johnson Controls announces the immediate availability of the DSC iotega, its next generation wireless security and automation solution designed to provide safer and smarter living for homes and small businesses. ...
Comcast Works With Xfinity Program Adds Additional Kwikset Door Locks With Home Connect Technology
November 20, 2017: Comcast has announced that it has expanded its relationship with the Kwikset brand of Spectrum Brands, Inc. and has integrated three additional best-in-class smart locks into its Works with the Xfinity program. Now...
ADT Cybersecurity Creates Real-time Cyber Detection & Response Solution
November 17, 2017: ADT, a provider of security and automation solutions for homes and businesses in North America, announced the acquisition close of DATASHIELD, one of the country’s fastest growing cybersecurity...
Dahua Receives Seagate Partner Award And Celebrates Ten Years Of Partnership
November 16, 2017: On October 30th, Seagate Technology LLC and Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co., Ltd. held a ceremony to commemorate ten years’ partnership at Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center of China....
Hanwha Techwin Wisenet SSM VMS Integrates With TDSi EXgarde PRO Access Management PC Software
November 6, 2017: Video surveillance specialists Hanwha Techwin and access control experts TDSi, have successfully integrated Wisenet SSM video management software (VMS) with the EXgarde PRO Access Management PC software...
Honeywell Introduces Next-generation DIY Smart Home Security System
November 6, 2017: Honeywell, a Connected Home solutions provider, has announced that it is introducing the Honeywell Smart Home Security System, a self-installed, all-in-one security solution that is simple to set up and allows...
SALTO Systems Showcases Ælement Fusion And NYC XSperience Center At ISC East 2017
November 2, 2017: SALTO Systems, a manufacturer of electronic access control solutions, will showcase its latest innovations – including the sleek new Ælement Fusion reader and NYC XSperience Center – at the...
Sigma Designs' Ring Protect System Features Z-Wave SmartStart And Security 2 Technologies
October 31, 2017: Sigma Designs®, a provider of intelligent system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for connected smart TV platforms and smart home IoT, is pleased to share that Ring has announced Ring Protect, the first products to...
Kwikset Teams Up With Amazon To Offer Amazon Key Smart Lock Solutions
October 31, 2017: Kwikset®, a residential door hardware brand in the U.S. and part of the Hardware and Home Improvement (HHI) division of Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. has teamed up with Amazon to offer renters...
National Home Security Month Asks: How Will Smart Security Transform Your Home?
October 31, 2017: It’s no secret that homeowners are relying on smart technology more than ever before in an attempt to improve efficiency. Just last year alone, 80 million smart home devices were shipped worldwide. However,...
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