Home Automation

Home Automation

It is human beings nature to being free and it is our habit to reduce the efforts in doing any task. In the chain of reducing efforts using technology one of the widely accepted technologies is Home automation system. Home automation system will let you control devices in your home from a mobile device in your home. Home automation more accurately describes homes in which nearly everything lights, appliances, electrical outlets, heating and cooling systems — are hooked up to a remotely controllable network. It is very effective in home security perspective; this also includes alarm system, and all of the doors, windows, locks, smoke detectors, surveillance cameras and any other sensors that are linked to it.

Present Status of Home automation

Presently automated central controls of building-wide systems are found only in larger commercial buildings and expensive homes. Typically involving only lighting, heating and cooling systems, building automation rarely provided more than basic control, monitoring and scheduling functions and are accessible only from specific control points within the building itself.

The first and most obvious beneficiaries of this approach are “smart” devices and appliances that can be connected to a local area network, via Ethernet or Wi-Fi. However, electrical systems and even individual points, like light switches and electrical outlets, were also integrated into home automation networks, and businesses have even explored the potential of IP-based inventory tracking.

Automation

Automation refers to the ability to program and schedule events for the devices on the network. The programming includes time-related commands, such as having your lights turn on or off at specific times each day. It can also include non-scheduled events, such as turning on all the lights in your home when your security system alarm is triggered. Program your home automation system to unlock the front door for them, and lock it up again when they’re done.

Remote Control

The main characteristic of home automation is remote monitoring and access. With the right home automation system, you can use any Internet-connected device to view and control the system itself and any attached devices.

You can check your security system’s status, whether the lights are on, whether the doors are locked, what the current temperature of your home is and much more. With cameras as part of your home automation system, you can even pull up real-time video feeds and literally see what’s going on in your home while you’re away.

Many times simple notifications can be used to perform many important tasks. You can program your system to send you a text message or email whenever your security system registers a potential problem, from severe weather alerts to motion detector warnings to fire alarms. You can also get notified for more uninteresting events, such as programming your “smart” front door lock to let you know when your child returns home.

Components of Home Automation

 Those things that can be connected to a network can be automated and controlled remotely. In the real world (outside of research labs and the homes of the rich and famous), home automation most commonly connects simple binary devices. This includes “on and off” devices such as lights, power outlets and electronic locks, but also devices such as security sensors which have only two states, open and closed.

Where home automation becomes truly “smart” is in the Internet-enabled devices that attach to this network and control it. Today’s home automation systems are more likely to distribute programming and monitoring control between a dedicated device in the home, like the control panel of a security system, and a user-friendly app interface that can be accessed via an Internet-enabled PC, smart phone or tablet.

In the near future, home automation may be standardized to let us truly take advantage of all the devices and additional possibilities. Presently Manufacturers are producing a wide variety of “smart” devices, many of which are full of innovative features but few of which offer the kind of integration needed to be part of a complete home automation system. Much of the problem has been that each manufacturer has a different idea of how these devices should be connected and controlled. So while you may have a “smart” TV, washing machine, refrigerator, thermostat, coffee maker or any of the other Internet-ready household devices on the market, the end result is usually a separate control scheme for each device.

Advantages of Automation System
  1. One of the advantages of home automation is the unmatched potential for energy savings, and therefore cost savings. Your thermostat is already “smart” in the sense that it uses a temperature threshold to govern the home’s heating and cooling system. In most cases, thermostats can also be programmed with different target temperatures in order to keep energy usage at a minimum during the hours when you’re least likely to benefit from the heating and cooling.

2. At the most basic level, home automation extends that scheduled programmability to lighting, so that you can suit     your energy usage to your usual daily schedule. With more flexible home automation systems, electrical outlets or       even individual devices can also be automatically powered down during hours of the day when they’re not needed.    As with isolated devices like thermostats and sprinkler systems, the scheduling can be further broken down to    distinguish between weekends and even seasons of the year, in some cases.

3) Set schedules are helpful, but many of us keep different hours from day to day. Energy costs can be even further    reduced by programming “macros” into the system and controlling it remotely whenever needed. In other words,  you could set up a “coming home” event that turns on lights and heating as you’re driving home after work, for  example, and activate it all with one tap on your Smartphone. An opposite “leaving home” event could save you from  wasting energy on forgotten lights and appliances once you’ve left for the day.

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