RISE OF SMART HOMES

The mar­ket is full of gad­gets that are built to make your habi­tat smarter. Ex­perts de­code what’s trend­ing.

India Today - - COVER STORY - By RIDHI KALE

A home is clearly more than just a prime lo­ca­tion with pretty paint colours. Not too long ago, the very thought of in­cor­po­rat­ing in­tel­li­gent de­vices in our most pri­vate spa­ces seemed daunt­ing, or some­thing right out of The Jet­sons. But to­day, peo­ple are wel­com­ing these rev­o­lu­tion­ary giz­mos into their homes with open arms. So it’s safe to say that the ‘house of the fu­ture’ is ac­tu­ally the ‘house of to­day’. Two ex­perts, well-versed in all things tech de­code this phe­nom­e­non.

SWITCH TO THIS The use of en­ergy-ef­fi­cient prod­ucts like LEDs and home au­to­ma­tion has be­come quite pop­u­lar. A switch to­day looks bet­ter and does a lot more—from switch­ing and dim­ming, to mo­tion sens­ing switches. With the in­tro­duc­tion of light sen­si­tive switches, the idea of a switch has changed. AN IN­TEL­LI­GENT GAD­GET The G-Bus Home Au­to­ma­tion shows you how much en­ergy your elec­tronic ap­pli­ances are us­ing on your IOS and An­droid de­vices. You can also con­trol and mon­i­tor your elec­tron­ics with a Wi-Fi or 3/4G con­nec­tion from wher­ever you are. COST `20,000 (G-Bus Home Au­to­ma­tion)

FU­TURE READY In­ter­net of Things (IOT) is all set to dis­rupt the way we live and work. But at this point In­dia doesn’t have the ba­sic in­fra­struc­ture or the frame­work to get the ball rolling. Apart from be­ing tech­no­log­i­cally sound, the ap­pli­ances need to be vis­ually ap­peal­ing as well, to fit into a smart home. PLAN AHEAD When opt­ing for a home au­to­ma­tion sys­tem a lot of plan­ning and im­ple­men­ta­tion is re­quired. For high-per­for­mance and flex­i­ble de­vices and func­tions, struc­tured wiring in­fra­struc­ture is crit­i­cal. Con­sult a knowl­edge­able and ex­pe­ri­enced in­te­gra­tion pro­fes­sional to get things go­ing. COST A smart home costs any­where be­tween `5 lakh to `50 lakh de­pend­ing on the cus­tomi­sa­tion

In a smart home, apart from beimg tech­no­log­i­cally sound, the ap­pli­ances need to be vis­ually ap­peal­ing as well

i-Smart switch from GM Mo­du­lar

JAYANTH JAIN, 47 MAN­AG­ING DIREC­TOR, GM MO­DU­LAR, MUMBAI WWW.GMMODULAR.COM

Siemens Com­bi­na­tion Mi­crowave Oven

GUNJAN SRI­VAS­TAVA, 49 MAN­AG­ING DIREC­TOR AND CEO, MUMBAI, BSH HOUSE­HOLD AP­PLI­ANCES WWW.BSH-GROUP.COM

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