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Posts Tagged "home automation"

6Jan

10 Ways Home Automation Can Simplify Your Life

by shehryar

Smart home capabilities include more than just automated lighting and temperature control.

Home automation is no longer perceived as a futuristic concept. Rather, it is a form of accessible present-day technology that can create a home experience with a seamless control over Audio/Video, appliances, lighting, climate, devices and all aspects of the home.

How does home automation work?

The way home automation works are the devices of your home are networked together. Homeowners and business owners are then able to control these devices and appliances through control4 technology, primarily from their smartphone, remotes, wall switches or installed wall tablets. Now, with recent technological advances in home automation, your home environment can become interconnected with the change taking place at the touch of your fingers or upon voice command.

The concept of smart homes, while still luxurious, is no longer unattainable. It is here and now, and entirely accessible to you; a few wire installations and your home is an entirely different experience.

Who could benefit from home automation? Any family or homeowner looking to simplify their home, maximize their experience and minimize clutter, especially with unappealing wires.

Here are 10 ways home automation can provide you with a better, simplified life:

  1. Start your morning coffee from bed: With the press of a button on your phone, quickstart your coffee machine in your kitchen to get your morning cup of coffee brewed and ready for you.
  2. Minimize your collection of TV remotes down to just one: One remote to turn the TV on, one remote for the DVD player, one for volume, one for channels – it’s all too much! Using one remote (yes really just one!) control all aspects of your media, including other home appliances like lighting or surround sound volume.
  3. Your favorite movies, all in one place: Kaleidescape is the ultimate home movie experience by creating an easy-to-use instant movie playback of all your favorite movies. Think of Netflix, with WAY more options, better customization, and extraordinary 4K HDR media quality.
  4. Play music from anywhere in the house: Having a party and your phone speakers aren’t cutting it? Using control4 technology, set up your music to play in any room, throughout the whole house, or even outdoors.
  5. Hidden wire installation for a clean space: Unsightly wires can ruin a home’s decor. With expert wire installation, you’ll never have to worry about “which wire goes where?” or tripping over them. Containing them into one concise, seamless space of the home is not only smart, it maximizes your space in the house.
  6. Security video access: Access security footage of your home, both indoors and outdoors, and be notified of all types of security alerts and facial recognition.
  7. Alerts and notifications for when you forget something: Forgot to shut off the lights? Forget to close the garage door? Set up automatic alerts and confirmation codes so that your home can automatically remember what you forget to do.
  8. Automatic lighting changes for the morning, day, evening and night: How many of us wake up to harsh lighting and an aggressive iPhone alarm clock? With home automation, gently wake up to the sounds of meditative music and dim lighting at the time you need to wake up to start your day.
  9. Easily control your home climate: Like sleeping in cooler weather, but want to keep the AC down during the day? Home automation can be customized to your unique temperature wants and needs.
  10. Everything (literally everything) can be at the click of a button:  Your home, controlled at your fingertips.
27Sep

What is Home Automation Security Control?

by shehryar

Home security systems have drastically upgraded in recent years. If you’re considering installing a security system into your house, you may want to explore the options for home automation security control. Automated security systems allow the homeowners full access, monitoring and control over their home’s security settings. Whether you view your home’s security system through an in-home control panel or through your home, automated security systems can provide safety and protection for your home, your family and prevent criminal activity.

Remote Access Control

Many automated home security systems now allow remote access via the home’s wireless network. This means homeowners can control their home security system using control4 technology from inside the house or virtually anywhere in the world. There are also apps that come with installed home security systems to allow for easy access, monitoring and change from a mobile device or laptop.

Home Security System Alerts

Automated home security systems include a wide variety of features ranging from basic to complex. A common beginning feature of an automated security system includes battery-operated sensors on doors and windows that detect whether an entryway is open or closed. The sensors communicate wirelessly with a central control hub which can be programmed to be active or inactive. For example, if you are home and doing yard work, in and out of the house, you may want to shut the notifications off. If, however, are on vacation for a longer period of time, you may want to customize different settings. More advanced systems can be integrated with whole-house automation including lighting, window curtains or blinds, entertainment systems, and audio. These features can also be customized depending on which family member enters the house. Through front door security camera technology, you can view from your phone who is entering the front door. Or, your smart home can detect who is entering the home and use their customized configured settings based on the keypad code they enter at the front door.

Motion Detection + Video Monitoring

Other features of a home automation security system include motion detection and video monitoring. Notifications and alerts are also a common feature that lets the homeowner know when family members arrive home safely or who is at their front door. Settings for motion detectors outside and inside the home can be customized to turn on lights within specific rooms or along outside pathways. This home security feature preserves energy, provides a safe arrival home for the homeowners and night, and may serve as a potential deterrent for criminals or burglary.

Security cameras are another popular aspect of automated home security systems. Realtime security video footage allows homeowners to view the everyday happenings around their homes, whether they are in the house or away. With this feature, you can monitor who is entering or leaving the house, or which family member may have left an entryway, like a garage door, open. Most importantly, since modern home security cameras use digital monitoring instead of closed-circuit cameras, the video streams back up onto cloud servers so that homeowners can view their home activities whenever necessary, at any time.

Automated Home Security Control Devices

Here are common systems used for optimal automated home security systems:

Smart Doorbells

Smart Locks + Keypads

Video Security Digital Cameras

Automated Lights

For more questions on automating your home security system, contact us.