What is Residential Automation and Networking?
Today’s modern home is more comfortable, convenient, secure and energy efficient than ever. It is wired for networking, with all of the latest lighting, temperature control, security and whole-house entertainment conveniences. It is an automated and connected home.
Automation improves your lifestyle
Residential automation is all about adding comfort, convenience, security, energy savings, and entertainment to your lifestyle. You can have automatic control of your home’s systems such as lighting, appliances, heating, air conditioning, entertainment components, security system, communications, irrigation system, pool and spa. Your design can be as simple as automatic control of outside security lights that come on at dusk and shut off at dawn. You don’t ever have to enter a dark house again. Or it can be as sophisticated as having all of the systems in your entire home automatically controlled according to time of day, day of week, or personal presence in a room. Remote and automatic lighting control, heating and air conditioning control, and drapery control are very popular tools for realizing significant energy savings as well as convenience.
Networking gets your home “connected”
Today’s electronic equipment and services are vastly different from those offered 10 years ago. Conventional wiring in a home has become overloaded and outdated. The solution is to “connect” your home in a network with modern structured wiring.
Think of the wiring in your home as a pipeline for information. Conventional wiring has the data capacity of a straw. By comparison, structured wiring, using Cat5 cables, has the capacity of a fire hose. Structured wiring transmits more information, faster. Conventional wiring consists of 1 or 2 twisted pairs of wires and is adequate for basic voice, fax or data communications. Structured wiring is more advanced, and can handle sophisticated video and data signals from computers, digital satellite, high-speed Internet, digital phones and digital TV’s. And provide you the security of being able to enjoy technologies of the future.
Not only do you need structured wiring for your connected home to control and share information from today’s electronics and services, but also to provide you with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your home network will accommodate and can integrate future technologies and equipment. This is called “future proofing.”
A networked home is a home that is connected from room to room and to the world outside. It gives you the control to integrate multiple systems such as communications, computers, AV entertainment, security, lighting, utilities and environmental controls. By networking your home with structured wiring, you can maximize your quality of life, experience the best that technology has to offer, and fully enjoy your home.
Automation – what’s it about?
Residential automation is all about adding comfort, convenience, security, and energy savings to your home. Why walk into a dark home when your exterior and interior lights can automatically come on when you press your remote garage door opener? Why come into a hot or cold home when you can enjoy the comfort of your home anticipating your arrival and adjusting the temperature just before you arrive? An automated system can even water your grass!
Home automation is about the convenience of saving you time and effort by having your home automatically complete routine functions and maintenance.
Home automation is about enjoying home theater time by having the lights dim, curtains close, TV and blu-player turn on, phone mute and popcorn popper start all with the touch of just one button.
Home automation is about the security you have knowing that you can look in on your home remotely from anywhere in the world. Your home can detect a fire, alert you to wake up, shut down the gas and ventilation system, turn on a lighting path for your escape, and automatically phone the fire department.
And home automation is about the energy savings you will enjoy by assigning your home the responsibility of regulating the operation of lighting, water heater, HVAC system, entertainment components, appliances and irrigation system so these devices are on only when needed.
The benefits of an automated home are only limited by your imagination.
Why do you want a connected home?
Today’s new electronics and services need to be managed. Connected homes integrate entertainment, communications and security systems together to provide you with more convenient and efficient control of your home environment.
By networking your home, you can fully maximize the capabilities of current home products and systems, and help them run more efficiently together. Enjoy high-speed internet access from any room in the house or teleconference from your kitchen while making breakfast for your family. Program the lights to create a “lived-in” look and check the security system via telephone while you’re away on vacation. Even answer the door through the phone or monitor the baby’s nursery through your PC or TV.
You want a connected home to add security, peace of mind, energy savings and convenience to day-do-day activities. Consider just some of the many applications of structured wiring:
- Interactive video games
- Intelligent lighting systems
- Security alert
- Remote dial-in
- Simultaneous web surfing
- Internet access
- Integrated phone systems
- Home office interactive audio
- Digital TV
- Heating/cooling control
- Remote metering
- Child monitoring
- Electronic shopping
- Networked PC’s
- Electronic banking
Home networking also increases the value of your home because it is equipped to operate today’s digital electronics and will keep pace with ever-changing technology.
Your home can be as smart, fun and safe as you want it to be. Networking and automation is about making your life easier and simpler, and creating more time for you to enjoy life.
There are literally hundreds of comfort, convenience, safety, entertainment, and energy saving possibilities that make residential networking a “must” for your home. A “must” that AVSDI can provide.