Some popular networking technologies are:
a) Wired systems like BUS/SCS, C-BUS, etc.
b) Power-line systems
c) Computing networks
d) Wireless systems like Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Enocean, etc.
The BUS/SCS technology can manage various different functions at the same time via two wire extra low voltage cables. It enables a number of functions which can be integrated in various scenarios and is designed to modify the user’s environment as required.
The other technology is the Zigbee technology which is an international low consumption radio communication standard. Operating at a frequency of 2.4 GHz, it can be used via transmitters (wireless) and receivers to control lighting, roller blinds as well as technical alarms. It can also control scenarios and allows bi-directional communication between devices.
The Wireless home automation has three major benefits – convenience, smart use of energy and safety. There is all this is in turning on or or off the lights of the room via remote control on one touch, turn on the home sprinkler system with your cell phone or a computer while you are at work, or view your home through security cameras from your gadget.
Some of the latest features of home automation products
Nowadays, the home automation functions and applications can be customized at will. It is possible to control several functions through either a Micropush, touch plate or touch screens. In fact there is a steady increase in demand for such systems’ based intelligent controls typically for energy management solutions and smart controls. Some of the latest features of home automation products are;
Multimedia touch screens able to control the whole house- A control centre for home control functions, video door entry and video surveillance functions via a control screen linked to indoor and outdoor cameras, and broadcasting of multimedia contents (web, video, etc.). This enables integration of lighting, HVAC, AV, safety & security and energy management functions.
Smart scenario controls–Advanced home automation functionalities to create four living scenarios: lighting, blinds, heating, wi-fi systems. Controlling several functions with a single touch will soon become a second nature.
The smart scenario controllers either in the form of a micropush or touch plates/screens to control the lighting, temperature, sound, curtains of a room regulate the ambience of the space depending on the occupant’s mood. Likewise, the daytime sensors adjust the artificial lighting as per the daylight level. This is one of the future trends in the Indian residential segment.
The security features integrated with home automation include door entry system, be it for individual home or multistory apartment with options of colour and B/W image options.
In addition, home automation technologies like lighting and climate controls have evolved in the last few years to become smarter and more usable in part by allowing programming from smartphones and tablets. Integrating a smart phone with the home automation system has already become a regular feature of the home automation system.
Home automation contribution towards energy efficiency.
Ease and convenience has become the requirement of the busy lifestyle. As the requirements change, the potential for home automation will keep on changing. We see this as a lifestyle and tech savvy product which presents flexibility of using power and smart way for controlling of lights, temperature, entertainment, safety etc.
Home automation in other words means smart use of energy which brings with it socially responsible lifestyle. The automation allows only required use of energy avoiding wastage by controlling the brightness and dimming solutions. Some of the Legrand products have come out with blue LED indications which save energy while operating the products. They also offer the dimming solutions on compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) or LED’s, thereby further contributing towards energy efficiency.