What exactly is Home Automation?

A “smart home” is loaded with technologies that can interact and communicate with each other. Some call it the “Internet of Things” (IoT) but not all systems and devices in a home are inter-connected via the Internet; at least not yet.

Home Automation is a system of devices in the home or office, with a set of rules, that allow the home to make decisions and react to conditions based on the rules. Devices such as lights, thermostats, shades, music system and appliances communicate with each other to create the environment that you desire. Here are some scenarios where an automation system can help improve your life:

Scenario A - Welcome Home

You may want your home to be a specific temperature and certain areas to be illuminated when you arrive home from work. The solution is an automated smart home that turns off the thermostats when you are not home to save energy. Then, based on outside weather conditions it turns on the thermostats to achieve that temperature you desire at varying times each day. Some days it may take an hour to reach the desired temperature, other days 3 hours. Then, minutes before you get home, your driveway lights, entry sconces and hallway lights come on so you do not arrive to a dark home.

Scenario B - Smart Conference Room

With an automation system by ATTYWON and its partners your conference room is always ready to host a meeting. The thermostat makes sure the temperature and humidity are always right. Light fixtures dim or shut down and the shades raise automatically to let in enough light, any time of day. When the room is unoccupied the lights dim to save energy. The humidity is always monitored and adjusted while the thermostat shuts the AC system down completely overnight; turning on automatically on the next work day in time to achieve the right temperature by the time the office opens. With the press of a single button the screen lowers from the ceiling and projector powers on, the shades lower and the lights dim. In seconds, the smart conference room is set for the perfect presentation environment.

Scenario C - Be Our Guest

You like to entertain... Food, refreshments, preparations to worry about. With the press of a single button you can cross lighting, window shades and background music. Simply press “Entertain” on your smartphone or wall keypad and watch your home prepare in seconds; setting the lights to the right levels and opening the shades to show off the beautiful view outside, the music system turns on and plays your favorite playlist in all the rooms simultaneously; finally your landscape lights come on and your sprinkler system shuts down (just in case). When the first guest rings the doorbell you unlock the front door from your iPad without leaving the kitchen.

Scenario D - It's Monday...

The long weekend is over and it’s time to wake the kids up for school. Set a timer that will slowly raise the shades and brighten the room lights over a 10 minute period while playing nice music in their rooms (with volume slowly getting louder). The kids wake up gently and more naturally instead of abruptly. The stair and kitchen lights come on and downstairs is already at the perfect morning temperature when its breakfast time.

Scenario E - Prevented Disaster

While you are sleeping, a pipe burst in the boiler room and the basement is flooding. Your smart home can send an alert to your smartphone followed by flashing the lights in the bedrooms and even announcing the trouble over your speaker system. Perhaps even shut off the main water valve automatically to prevent flooding. A similar alert system can be created in case of fire or carbon monoxide detection. In other emergency situations such as a medical emergency or possible burglary you can activate a “panic” scene with a single button-press that will turn all lights inside the house on, open all shades and flash all exterior lights.