SET­TING U PA SMART HOME

HOME AU­TO­MA­TION IS EAS­IER AND CHEAPER NOW WITH FIRMS OF­FER­ING COM­PLETE SO­LU­TIONS

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - LIVINGTECH - BY NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN

Home au­to­ma­tion has for long been the ex­clu­sive do­main of the ul­tra-rich. But we are at a stage where any­one can af­ford to have au­to­mated homes, cus­tomised ac­cord­ing to their needs and bud­gets. The con­cept of au­to­mated homes has evolved from press­ing but­tons to open a door or to bring out an owen, now it is more about se­cur­ing your house and be­ing able to re­motely ob­serve and con­trol the space. As an ad­don, au­to­mated homes tend to be much more en­ergy ef­fi­cient that con­ven­tional homes.

In In­dia, with the boom in the realty sec­tor many new home buy­ers are opt­ing to add au­to­mated el­e­ments to their new prop­er­ties. While some real es­tate com­pa­nies give you op­tions even as you buy a new home, many buy­ers just take the help of third-par­ties with com­plete so­lu­tions.

C P Singh, Founder and Chief Men­tor of Smart Au­to­ma­tion that of­fers com­plete so­lu­tion for home buy­ers, says the first item on the wishlist here is se­cu­rity, fol­lowed by au­to­mated and en­ergy ef­fi­cient light­ing sys­tems. “The ini­tial in­vest­ment will turn into sav­ings in a few years. An en­ergy ef­fi­cient home can re­claim the amount spent on au­to­ma­tion within 2-3 years just from the re­duced power con­sump­tion,” he ex­plains.

Smart phones and tablets are also chang­ing the pic­ture, let­ting home own­ers take charge of their homes wher­ever they are. No won­der, a smart home now is also a con­nected home.

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