Home Automation

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Smart home automation

There is much confusion surrounding ‘Home Automation’, ‘Custom Installation’, ‘Audio Visual’ and ‘Smart Homes’, so here is a useful jargon-buster:

Home Automation

This covers all the systems in your home that can be controlled automatically. Just a few examples include: curtains that open and close to give the impression you’re at home; TV that remembers to record your favourite programmes; and heating that turns itself on so the home is warm when you get in.

Whether you are at home or away, anywhere in the world, you can operate the automated systems using a touch pad, hand-held controller, smartphone or iPod Touch.

Smart home controllers

Custom Installation

A custom installation is specifically designed to give you control over the various technologies or sub-systems you require.

Audio Visual

This covers all the sound and vision systems in your home, including your digital radios and MP3 players, HDTVs and video players, right up to a full home cinema system. A multi-room AV installation will allow easily accessible and controllable entertainment in every area of the house.

Smart Homes

A smart home gives you simple, practical control of your TV, music, movies, lights, temperature and security systems from anywhere in your home or around the world. If the system is not easy to operate, then it’s not a ‘smart’ home at all!

Lighting controller

What is Home Automation?

A fully integrated home automation network allows you to control all these systems remotely:

Lighting control interior

A Smart Home would typically include:

  • An internal network – cable, wireless
  • Intelligent control – controllers that allow you to manage the systems
  • Home automation – products and systems that link automatically to external services such as cable TV, Internet and telephone

New build

It is easier to fit a smart home custom installation while the property is being constructed. This is because the design can be changed to accommodate the required systems, and because the walls, outlets, and storage rooms are easily accessible for cabling.

Retro fit

With an existing structure, we would usually recommend a wireless system that requires little or no major structural changes.

CEDIA logoFor your added confidence, we are accredited by CEDIA (the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association) – the international trade organisation for the home electronic systems industry.