Science fiction stories are perhaps where most of modern day inventions and conveniences were first created, and many people have enjoyed reading about such things as home automation. Just about anything that could be done without need of human input, or effort, is well on its way to being available to every household. Let’s take a look at some practical applications of these monitoring and control systems.
When a person carrying a double arm full of items, it can be difficult to flip a light switch to see where they are going in a darkened room. Automated sensors can be placed where motion detection takes care of this situation for them. Security lights, and home entertainment systems can be monitored and controlled by technology designed to make life safer and easier.
Utility bills are a monthly pain, and many families have experimented with numerous means of lowering their electric bill. Home Automation (HA) has taken fiction into reality and provided climate controlled environments which can be programmed for each hour of the day, and night. When room temperatures are above a set degree, the programming can adjust the heat or air conditioning to an on or off state which saves money on electricity expense.
The Internet makes it possible to find just about anything a person could want, and with HA it also provides a means of being able to monitor your entire house, regardless of where on earth you happen to be. Special software installed on your computer, and connected to control units, can provide a person with the ability to operate any, and all, devices in their house, any time of day or night.
Individual Control Devices mean that each unit is controlled by its own internal programming, and a person has to set these up before depending on the desired results. They may, or may not, be accessible from web based software. These units are typically used to control individual items such as a lamp sitting on the table beside a favorite reading chair.
Distributed Control Systems are a blend of individual control and HA devices, and can include setting individual fixtures from a central panel inside the home. Some parts of this configuration might be addressable from the Internet, depending on how the system is installed, and what devices are connected to the main control panel.
Centrally Controlled Systems can be used to preset any and all devices in the building. This can involve connecting each component to a special device which can be wireless, and communicates with a central control panel. These units can control everything from lawn sprinkler systems to first alert security monitoring, and provide total HA access to the entire house, and surrounding out buildings and security gates.
Those outlandish stories of childhood where houses were controlled by robots and ingenious inventions that would automatically cook and serve a meal, or water the dogs and cats, might not be so abstract as they were once considered to be. Home automation is a reality for those who wish to configure their living conditions to make effective use of money spent on electricity, and world wide access to household security.