Wind Power
31st January 2017
What Is Home Automation?  
Home automation or smart home is the use of one or more computers to control basic home functions and features automatically and sometimes remotely. It involves the control and automation of lighting, heating (such as smart thermostats), ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) and security. Some home appliances such as washer/dryers, ovens or refrigerators/freezers can also be controlled.  
Audio Visual
With integrated systems, you can have your music play in any room you want, perfect for providing a party soundtrack; or you can utilise motion detectors to have your music follow you wherever you go. An intercom system allows quick and simple communication between any of the rooms, as well as with the entrance to greet visitors. 
  • From TVs to Cinema-Style projectors, these systems can get a range of high-definition products to create the viewing experience you desire.
  • With sealed and waterproof units, you can sit back and soak in the tub while watching your favourite shows.
  • With a full range of satellite subscription services, you can get all the channels you want with none of the hassles.
  • When fully integrated with audio solutions, you can say goodbye to juggling between remotes: entire systems can be controlled through one easy-to-use touchpad.

Control Panel For Home Automation

Energy / Lighting
By installing a home automation system, you can control when the lights turn on and dim them. With the system programmed with an energy saving mode, which you can turn on or off when you like, or have a setting to turn on at certain times of the day (you probably do not need those lights on full power when the sun is shining, for instance). You can also turn them all off at night, or from your phone or work computer. You can also install motion sensors, connected to your home automation system, and have lights only come on when people are present (great for pantries and wardrobes). Also – how about the blinds? By installing motorised and automated blinds, to open when the sun is shining in the winter, letting in needed light, as well as heating the room. In addition to this, when no one is home, have them automatically close in the summer – this enhances your home's security as well as reduces the heating, ventilation and air condition (HVAC) requirements.  If you synchronise them with your TV or Media needs, creating pre-programmed ‘scenes’, such as Movie Scenes or Party Mode.
Heating, Ventilation, Air Condition (HVAC)
Let’s face it, the power bill soars in the summer. While installing an energy efficient HVAC is likely the best first step, automating the room controls and sensors is a great next step. Program an energy saving mode, that dims the lights, turns the AC up a few notches, and closes the blinds – and when you leave the house, hit a button on the way out to activate the mode. You can also install room temperature monitors and software to allow you to see what is using electricity, and when and where. 
Safety and Security
Sleep comfortably, knowing whether you're at home or away, with a whole home security system that encompasses many aspects: By installing ZigBee controlled locks, they can be locked and unlocked from a touch pad, your iPad, or your phone or laptop. You can also program them to automatically lock at a set time of day, or when you turn your lights off at night. Connect your garage doors to the home automation system, and never worry whether you closed them on the way to work or out of town – just check with your phone, and close them from anywhere. And when you open them again, have the lights brighten up, and the temperature set to your ideal setting. By installing an intercom system, as part of the home automation project, you can remotely monitor the playroom or nursery from anywhere in the house and even turn on some music to sooth a restless child. You can also monitor the room or your home from remote locations via IP camera system. Home monitoring systems can be integrated into the automation system. Have lights come on when motion sensors detect movement, and alert your phone when someone enters the house (a teenager during school hours, perhaps?). You can also check the cameras to see what is happening and take appropriate steps. 
Zigbee is the only global, standards-based wireless solution that can conveniently and affordably control the widest range of devices to improve comfort, security and convenience for the consumer. It is the technology of choice for world-leading service providers, installers and retailers who bring the benefits of the Internet of Things into the Smart Home. ZigBee is the language for a wide variety of smart home devices so companies can deliver an integrated ecosystem of home monitoring, energy management, heating and cooling, security and convenience devices. read more