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home automation white paper

Interphone, a leading security systems and building technology integrator, has commissioned an industry white paper for architects and interior designers. It is designed to help design professionals better understand the key issues and opportunities around this fast-paced sector.

What you need to know to shape the smart living of the future

As home automation is moving steadily on its way towards becoming the norm, rather than the exception, for many new properties, UK buyers and renters are going to be increasingly looking for significant elements of this emerging technology as standard.

Home automation offers architects and interior designers tools for creating living spaces and experiences offering new levels of security, convenience and flexibility. However, there are many considerations that will need to be factored in to take full advantage of the technological advances now and in the future.

There are a host of reasons for the rise of home automation: The growing availability of ‘smart’ household appliances; better-quality cable and communications infrastructure; greater operational simplicity, via smartphone and tablet connectivity; and great affordably. In fact, it is now seen as an integral element of the growing Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Living agendas, so building industry professionals can expect requests for detailed information on different options from clients – both individual buyers and the residential developers of multiple dwelling units.

 

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how to make the right choices for smart building integration

Interphone, a leading security systems and building technology integrator, has commissioned an industry white paper for property developers, managing agents and building managers. It is designed to raise awareness of latest developments and generate debate about how best to approach home automation and smart building integration now and in the future.

How to make the right choices for smart building integration

Internet of Things (IoT) thinking, where devices are connected over the internet and communicate with one another, is already becoming mainstream. Global IT research company Gartner has estimated that nearly 5 billion connected ‘things’ – including building security systems, domestic white goods and office equipment – were in use by the end of 2015, up 30 per cent from 2014, and that the total is expected to reach 25 billion by 2020.

From the concept of the ‘smart home’ (or ‘home automation’), already the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine features – via the emerging ‘smart office’ to the utopia of the ‘smart city’ – ‘things’ present in buildings are increasingly being designed and manufactured to work together with each other and with their users.

The gains on offer from such complex smart building arrays include increased efficiency, cost savings, comfort, convenience and security. But the essential requirements for securing the optimum benefits from this connected technology are careful advance planning, accurate specification and meticulous installation. This will ensure the effective integration from the outset of individual components equipped with the necessary inter-connectivity.

 

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home automation and smart living – building for the future

Ingeny, the home automation division of Interphone, has commissioned an industry whitepaper for housebuilders and developers, which provides useful insight into this emerging technology. A range of considerations and issues are discussed in order to provide a better understanding of the current status of home automation and generate debate amongst those within the construction sector that it is likely to effect in the future.

Home Automation (HA) is moving steadily on its way towards becoming the norm, rather than the exception, for new properties. Its progress may not be as fast as some technophiles have been predicting – but it remains a much more plausible scenario than that of the ‘household robot’ which regularly surfaces in the media.

High speed wi-fi is now standard, most people have smartphones and ranges of internet-connectable products are entering the market. By 2020, most people in the UK will have smart energy meters and thermostats, with appliances such as fridges connected to them to ensure more efficient energy use.

Connection and communication are the underlying principles of HA and, once in place, offer expanding possibilities. With inevitable progress in technology, systems will become progressively easier to use and more affordable for the less affluent. Not least important. HA has the potential to save householders money – a major asset given the likelihood of future energy price rises.

The main attraction lies in the ability to deliver sophisticated and efficient overall management of the home itself, the electrical equipment that operates inside it, and daily household needs ranging from internal and external security to home entertainment. For all of these, it offers the time-and cost-saving benefit of centralised and personalised control – internally or, via the internet, remotely. It can also support applications destined to meet specific needs, such as those of the elderly and disabled – including people living in sheltered housing. It can give them a better quality of life and make them less dependent on carers or likely to go into institutional care.

Typical examples of benefits over and above the standard control features include personal activity and health monitoring, sending automatic SOS calls in emergencies, and giving safety-critical important reminders, for example, to turn off an oven or centrally lock all doors.

 

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