WHAT ALL CAN YOU DO
LIGHTING: From scene or mood lighting integrated for your entertainment hubs to sensor-based LEDs that switch off when there is no one in a room, the options are endless. ABB Ltd sells presence sensors priced between ` 3,500 and ` 7,000, while timers and switching units are cheaper at ` 2,500. ABB i-bus EIB brightness sensors, that control lighting according to the ambient light in the room, cost ` 3,000. Schneider Electric has solutions that control lighting from a mobile device.
SECURITY: Many home owners opt for full CCTV surveillance system with solutions like IR Bullet and Speed Dome covering a wider area and record
ing even in low-light conditions. However, a more practical solution for Indian homes is a video door phone. These can be linked to remote door mechanisms like the Trane electronic main door mortise lock. Both Zicom and Eureka Forbes have video door solutions priced under ` 20,000. These two companies also offer fingerprint or biometric locks (`12,000+).
CLIMATE CONTROL: Another automation option is to access the air-conditioning or heating in the home from a mobile device and set it according to your need even if you are not there. Use this to switch off an AC or to switch on the heater before you enter the house.
OTHERS: Companies like Smart Automation offer solutions that let you open or close curtains with the click of a
button from anywhere in the house. You can also have a remote in the car to open the front gate or garage door. All home entertainment equipment can also be synced to be controlled by a single mobile application or remote. Automated systems can also be used to control owens, deep freezers and refrigerators in the kitchen. However, these are not so popular here.