The Digital Home

Busy lives lead to complex behaviour patterns. The most effective method for keeping things going is to automate as much as possible.

The futuristic dream of walking into a room and controlling the lights, music and so much more, with simple voice commands, is already here.

Heating and lighting control for every room

The temperature and lighting are the two greatest factors in influencing how we feel in any room. Automated environmental controls, for heating and lighting, are becoming an essential part of our lives, both at home and at work.

Pre-set scenes, with different combinations of lights and brightness’s, and different temperatures, can be easily activated, to completely transform the ambience of any room.

With home automation, you can activate these with one touch of a button. Or create a trigger to activate your lighting scene between specified times, or when you begin a new activity, such as watching a film, listen to music, etc.

By integrating your curtains or blinds you can maximise your use of daylight, or cut it out when it becomes a distraction.

Entertainment in every room

Automation is just part of the Digital Home. Entertainment systems broke out of the cabinets years ago. Now they’re not even restricted to their own boxes.

One of the more exciting aspects of our home automation systems, is the ability to integrate those entertainment systems and open up a whole new world. Integrated, multi-room audio visual systems, have long been out of reach for the majority of us. They now provide the ability to play any music, film or TV show in any room, for less than the cost of a basic music system or ten years ago. And all can be controlled by using a smartphone, tablet or just your voice.

Professional level security for peace of mind

Alarm systems aren’t the deterrent they once were. Thieves are far more brazen about when and where they break in, and a traditional bell system will do little to dissuade them. Modern security systems offer real connectivity features, giving you remote access to CCTV cameras, your lighting system, the door bell and even the door locks themselves. So you can keep an eye on your home while you are away, and ensure the appropriate action is taken when any activity is detected.

From a PC or your smartphone, you can instantly assess any threat, when any noise or motion is detected, using your CCTV feeds. You can then ensure that all doors and windows are locked shut, or even open a door, for a fiend or relative.

Automated lighting scenes can be set to come on at specific or random times of the day, to give the impression that your home is occupied.

Home automation means our homes are now safer and more secure than they’ve ever been.

Protecting your wallet, as well as the planet

For many, the greatest benefit that home automation brings is energy saving, reducing bills as well as protecting the environment. Lighting and heating controllers can learn from your behaviour and create automated schedules.

A home with automated heating and lighting controllers system can reduce energy bills by as much as 30%.

Centralised and independent control

As the number of gadgets in our homes grows, so does the devices to control them. Time spent searching for the correct remote, or the appropriate app, often makes it less convenient than manual controls.

A truly Smart Home should allow easy access through a central controller, a convenient independent controller, or a simple manual override. Every device should be pre-programmed to behave in a predictable manner, when any of the controllers are inaccessible, so your door won’t just open in a power cut, and you can still turn on the light, when your Internet connection is lost.

There when you need it, hidden when you don’t

For us, the essence of a Smart Home is first and foremost a home. When your home automation system is not performing any of its pre-programmed tasks, you shouldn’t even be aware it exists.

Careful consideration is given to the fabric of your home, so that you only ever see what you actually want to. Entertainment systems can be hidden in cupboards; TV’s can pop out of the bed frame, or disguised as a mirror on the wall; and flush-mounted speakers that look like family photos are just some of the options available, to minimise the visual effects of the 21st century.