Smart homes prov­ing pop­u­lar

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

Clever tech­nol­ogy in the home is no longer just the do­main of the rich. Now that sum­mer is here some folk will be look­ing to be­gin build­ing a new home while oth­ers will be se­ri­ously con­tem­plat­ing im­prov­ing their ex­ist­ing res­i­dence and get­ting the mix right could save a great deal of money in the long run.

Imag­ine own­ing a home that could do the think­ing for you.

One that could turn on the lights when you ar­rive home, draw the blinds or drapes whe it gets too bright and set the per­fect tem­per­a­ture year round.

It could also amuse and en­ter­tain you in any room, keep you safe with state-ofthe-art se­cu­rity and save you money through en­ergy ef­fi­ciency.

To­day, po­ten­tial home­builders can de­sign sys­tems for smart homes just as they choose the num­ber of rooms and lay­out.

This can be achieved through struc­tured ca­bling sys­tems which means that multi-room au­dio and video al­lows res­i­dents to watch movies and videos in any room with a speaker or a screen.

Switch­ing off the home theatre or turn­ing it on can be per­formed at the tlouch of a but­ton.

Light­ing can also be used in dy­namic ways and for a va­ri­ety of pur­poses - cre­at­ing am­bi­ence, fo­cus­ing on par­tic­u­lar items or light­ing a path.

In­te­grated se­cu­rity sys­tems also al­low home­own­ers to check cam­era feeds on any TV in the house, be it to mon­i­tor the back or front door or both.

At the sign of an in­truder, the owner can ac­ti­vate the panic mode that turns on the lights, locks off parts of the home or phones neigh­bours or se­cu­rity.

A cli­mate con­trol sys­tem can be set to the sea­sons and ad­just the in­door tem­per­a­ture au­to­mat­i­cally.

It can per­form pre­set com­mands such as low­er­ing blinds and clos­ing shut­ters to help re­duce en­ergy use.

Ca­bling dur­ing con­struc­tion is the pre­ferred op­tion, how­ever, ex­ist­ing homes can use wire­less sys­tems or have ca­bles added by cer­ti­fied in­stall­ers.

So, be­fore you con­firm any final plans con­sider the ben­e­fits of a home with a struc­tured ca­bling sys­tem.

Ones that are in­te­grated and con­trolled by one panel in­stead of a plethora of in­di­vid­ual con­trols.

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