Home Automation, also known as the Smart Home concept, is best described by the following definition: a centralized control system (wired or wireless) that enables the user to integrate and control multiple electronic applications in the home associated with everyday living.
Total Control Of All Electrical Components
If we unpack the above mentioned statement and apply it a little more specifically it would be this: a Home Automation system allows you to control (activate, deactivate, access, adjust) different electrical components in the house such as lighting, security system, centralized air conditioning, curtains & shutters, the irrigation system, pool & jacuzzi pumps as well as automated garage doors and gate motors.
In fact, anything that is controllable (either via IR or RS 232) or has a relay in its power-supply circuitry can be controlled or at least switched on and off. Control commands are executed either from wired in-wall keypad/touch-screens or via wireless handheld/tabletop remote devices (or a combination of both).
The three primary applications that are most often integrated into a centralized control system are Multi-room audio/visual, CCTV, and security and lighting.
Automated Security For Peace Of Mind
Automating the security & CCTV system is regarded by most as more than just a ‘nice-to-have’ as it enhances the safety and well being of that which we treasure most, namely our loved ones and our prized personal possessions. The increased peace of mind that comes from being able to monitor the IP cameras in real-time from anywhere in the world, switch lights on and off and close motorized doors and gates is not to be taken lightly.
Smart Lighting For Perfect Ambiance
A ‘smart’ lighting system lets you program (we actually do the programming for you) different lighting ‘moods’ or ‘scenes’, transforming the ambient feel of your house with the touch of a button. Perhaps it is a romantic evening dinner ‘feel’ you’re after or maybe you’re in a party mood. Lights can also be triggered by motion sensors and programmed to come on at varying intensity levels at nighttime. Even in your absence you’re in command as the entire lighting system can be accessed & controlled when you’re away from home. The options are virtually limitless and if executed properly a lighting system is fun and easy to use.
Quality, Expert Installations
A Home Automation system requires careful planning, and excellent communication between the different contractors is required during the building process to ensure seamless interaction of all the different applications – and to prevent unfortunate ‘surprises’ when the time comes for system-handover. Managing a Home Automation project is as important as the conceptualization of the same – something that Cinema Synergy holds in high regard. Site meetings are attended (or called if deemed necessary) on a regular basis, and nothing is left to chance.
The question often arises whether it is necessary to completely re-model a dwelling or build one from ground level up in order to automate it – what about a wireless solution? There are indeed some very exciting wireless products out there, some of which we have successfully incorporated in recent Home Automation projects. It is however in our opinion vitally important to have a wired network structure in place to ensure continuation and reliability. There is no doubt that wireless technology will become more accessible and reliable as the two major restricting factors, namely ‘bandwidth’ and ‘coverage’, improve.
Home Automation can be ‘the most fun you’ve ever had with your electronic equipment’. It is trouble-free, easy to use and, contrary to popular belief, doesn’t have to break the bank. So, give Cinema Synergy a call for an introductory consultation – surely we’re your ‘automatic’ choice?