Automation or a ‘smart home’ as it is commonly called is the process of taking the various aspects of your home (lighting, heating, security, audio, video, etc) and integrating them all seamlessly into one platform so that they can work together. There are so many use cases, for example using geofencing or sensors, so that when you arrive home the house has already heated up to a comfortable temperature, the lights on the driveway are on and maybe your favourite radio station is playing. It is also often used to save energy at home, with many platforms having energy monitors built in.


What platforms are there?

There are a few platforms, Control4, Crestron, Elan, Loxone and URC to name a few of the bigger ones. Each platform covers a wide range of automations, some are stronger in certain areas than others, it depends what pain points you wish to alleviate.

Do you have to do the whole of my home?

No not at all. There are many use cases, it depends on what problems you’re looking to solve. We can integrate security alarms with lighting to warn off possible intruders. We can install single room solutions, like in your lounge/home cinema, whereby the lighting dims, automated shading comes down, the TV/projector and streaming sources come on. All with the press of a button on a remote control or app on your phone.

A smart home sounds complicated, is it?

Whilst some of the programming, to make devices integrate with each other, can be complex. The user interface and automations should be easy and straightforward to use.

Will you have to install cabling all around my home?

Whilst most platforms have devices that can connect wirelessly, it is recommended where possible, to hardwire electronic devices. This enables them to be more reliable, it also keeps them from clogging up your wifi. A good, reliable home network is essential for smart homes.

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