Automation is a pretty broad term, we hear it used quite often but rarely in the right context. Lighting control is the most common component that is given this description, and while these systems are smart, unless there is some kind of controller sitting in the background, it is far from being an automation system. However lets not discount lighting as an integral part of any system because it most certainly is, but a truly powerful system should incorporate so much more.
Integration is another word used perhaps a little less, and misunderstood maybe a little more, but this is the key. without this we just end up without many different components all with their own user control, with no one way to operate any of them. This is not unlike the humble TV remote, which soon multiplies, until we have one for the DVD, the Foxtel box, the receiver and whatever else we have purchased. Until watching our favorite medium becomes more of a task than a leisure activity.
Combining multiple components or independant systems is integration. To access all of these from your smart phone or iPad or Android is more than just convenient . Everything can be at your finger tips, your home control in the palm of your hand. What was once thought only for the rich and famous is now becoming more accessible, basically if you can imagine it, we can make it happen. The most important step towards having a fully automated home is planning, unfourtunately something that is often left in the backseat, should be driving. That is what we provide from the outset. design, plans and management, without this no one can predict the outcome. So before you jump at the first offer of Home Automation, just ask yourself;
1) What am I really getting?
2) Will it be simple to use?
3) Am I getting more than lighting control?