Home Automation

Home automation is building automation for a home, also referred to as smart home or smart house. A home automation system controls lighting, air conditioning, home entertainment systems, home appliances, and home security systems such as access control and alarm systems. When connected with the Internet, home devices are an important constituent of the Internet of Things (IoT). 

A home automation system typically connects controlled devices to a central controller or server. The user interface for control of the system uses wall-mounted terminals, tablets, desktop computers, mobile phone applications, or web interface.

Home automation technology is now found in a wide range of household devices, including wireless speaker systems, thermostats, home security & monitoring systems, domestic robots, smoke and carbon dioxide detectors, lighting, home energy use monitoring, door locks, refrigerators, laundry machines and water detectors. If designed, installed, tested, and commissioned properly, home automation is fantastic. It can make almost all aspects of your home simpler, more comfortable, and more enjoyable. When done properly, home automation It can dramatically enhance your home living experience.

Home automation, though, is much less exceptional when it goes wrong. And, unfortunately, due to things like poorly designed, installed, tested, and commissioned systems, poorly integrated systems, inadequate functionality, and installation delays, home automation problems drive a lot of people up the wall. Below are some of the problems associated with home automations and how we can solve them.

Applications and technologies

  • Heating, Ventilation, Airconditioning & Refrigeration (HVAC&R) – it is possible to have remote control of all home energy monitors over the internet incorporating a simple and user-friendly interface.
  • Lighting Control System – a SMART Network that incorporates communication between various lighting system inputs and outputs, using one or more central computing devices.
  • Occupancy Aware Control System – it is possible to sense the occupancy of the home using smart meters and environmental sensors like carbon dioxide (CO2) sensors, which can be integrated into the building automation system to trigger automatic responses for energy efficiency and building comfort applications.
  • Appliance Control and Integration – with the smart grid and a smart meter, taking advantage, for instance, of high solar panel output in the middle of the day to run washing machines.
  • Home Robots and Security – a household security system integrated with a home automation system can provide additional services such as remote surveillance of security cameras over the Internet, or access control and central locking of all perimeter doors and windows.
  • Leak detection, smoke, and CO detectors.
  • Indoor positioning systems (IPS).
  • Home automation for the elderly and disabled.
  • Pet and Baby Care – for example tracking the pets and babies' movements and controlling pet access rights.
  • Air Quality Control – used by people at home to monitor the air quality and pollution level in the city and create a map of the pollution.
  • Smart Kitchen and Connected Cooking – using voice control devices like Amazon Alexa or Google Home to kitchen appliances.

Common home automation problems

If designed, installed, tested, and commissioned properly, home automation is fantastic. It can make almost all aspects of your home simpler, more comfortable, and more enjoyable. When done properly, home automation It can dramatically enhance your home living experience.

Home automation, though, is much less exceptional when it goes wrong. And, unfortunately, due to things like poorly designed, installed, tested, and commissioned systems, poorly integrated systems, inadequate functionality, and installation delays, home automation problems drive a lot of people up the wall. Below are some of the problems associated with home automations and how we can solve them.

  • Sub systems not integrating – air conditioning system not responding? CCTV Cameras not connecting to the monitoring system or not recording? Home Entertainment System keeps dropping out? The issue could be that your sub systems are not integrated as they should. This is a problem that can affect all systems, from a simple plugin device to a centrally controlled air conditioning system. It frequently occurs when home owners or non-specialist trades install smart devices themselves. The fault is more than likely caused by smart devices not communicating properly. A problem like this requires professional expertise as it can have a range of causes. It could be that your smart devices are incompatible with one another. Or it could be a simple software glitch.
  • Insufficient features and functionality – one of the most common home automation problems is systems which have been installed without sufficient features and functionality. It usually occurs due to the installation not considering the required features and functionalities, following which wrong components are installed, or smart devices that do not have the correct capabilities are installed. To alleviate this risk, it is imperative that the required features and functionalities of the home automation system are clarified before the design process begins. It is imperative that you shop around for experienced home automation specialists to ensure that the system is properly designed, installed, tested, and commissioned.
  • Too many home automation control apps – it has never been easier or more affordable to purchase and install smart devices and home automation systems. This is a good thing… the downside, however, is that systems are regularly being installed incrementally without a central control point. And that can lead to home automation problems. Without an understanding of how smart devices communicate, home owners regularly install units which can only be controlled by the original equipment manufacturer’s application. This means that after installing several devices, the home owner's smartphone can be swamped with multiple apps, all controlling different devices. A better way is to install a dedicated, all-in-one control point. You can achieve this by asking your home automation specialists about developing a master plan prior to purchasing your first system or discussing alterations to your existing system.
  • Lengthy delays during the construction of your project – one of the most frustrating home automation problems is the occurrence of lengthy delays during the initial construction of your new smart home project. The construction process for installing smart devices and home automation technology has many elements. And all these elements need to be integrated. It is imperative to work closely you are your home automation specialist to ensure that the scope, deliverables, lead times and delivery schedule to completion and handover are understood and that they are fitted into the master plan.
  • Home Automation Suppliers lacking smart knowledge – many home automation systems suppliers do not always fully understand how home automation systems integrate into a larger centrally controlled system. And this can cause home automation problems. For example, an automated blinds supplier may believe that the only way to operate the blinds is with a dedicated remote control. This means that the home owner would not be able to use their central control system to control their blinds and that they would have to have another remote control to deal with. Fortunately, it is possible to fully integrate the blinds into a centrally controlled system. From which all the blinds can be controlled with a simple, central user interface, instead of a dedicated remote.

Disclaimer

Information provided in the text above is general in nature and does not consider your specific home automation needs and requirements. The information is not professional advice and should not be treated as such. You must not rely on the information in the text above as an alternative to professional advice. If you have specific questions relating to this subject, we strongly recommend that you seek independent professional home automation advice for all the relevant information and requirements.