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Home Automation or Smart Homes: What’s the Right Option for You

Home Automation and Smart Homes are usually just two words used to refer to the same thing. Don’t worry, you’re not alone if you do this. In fact, even many who claim to be professionals in the industry tend to believe they are the same thing. At their core, however, there is a fundamental difference between the two. That fundamental difference is what this article is all about.

However, before we get into the nitty-gritty of Home Automation or Smart Homes, we’re going to go through a short history of these products, to try and help you to have a better understanding of the differences. That way, next time you’re browsing for new components, you’ll know the difference between true experts and those who just have a name tag.

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Home of Technologies launches ‘Hotbox’ – The One Box That Controls All Your Heating and Cooling.

After years of careful development and planning, Home of Technologies has launched a new product to the UK market – Hotbox. It controls all the heating and cooling in a property with just one central box.

What are the benefits?

  • INTEGRATION – HOTBOX natively integrates with KNX and other BMS systems.
  • CONTROL – Control all heating and cooling in one place – from underfloor to standard.
  • SELF COMMISSIONING – No lengthy or complicated commissioning process.
  • EASE OF USE – Any electrician can install the system. Easy configuring for integrators.
  • USER FRIENDLINESS – Standalone system app control. Can be configured and maintained with ease.

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Future of Home Automation in the UK

Future of Home Automation in the UK

What is the future of home automation? Homes that change shape as you walk through them, where your living room can immediately change from that of a suburban lounge and into a tropical rainforest? A home where you wake up in the morning already dressed?

Ok, so these things are a little bit too far in the future, but right now there is a lot of exciting changes taking place in the home automation industry. Changes which are starting to address some of the problems which users have faced in the past.

A recent report issued by AMA Research has managed to identify a few of the things we can expect to see coming to Home Automation in the next few years. Here’s what we’ve taken from their recent report.

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How to Keep Your Smart Home Secure?

You’ve spared no expense in updating your home. Everything you have is state of the art and has been chosen to suit your specific requirements. Nothing could go wrong… at least, that’s what you think. The problem is that you’ve forgotten about smart home security.

No, not those cameras you’ve installed, but threats which come from within the digital realm. You think you’ve considered every angle, but you’ve forgotten about securing the connection protocol for your lightbulbs, or the toaster, or your thermostat. It’s too late, they’re already inside your internet of things.

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Will Virtual Assistants Transform Home Automation?

Apple has Siri, Google has something which might be even better, and Amazon has been doing it for a wile already. We’re talking about Virtual assistants and Home Automation systems, of course.

These devices have been making people’s lives easier for a long time, yet which brand should you go with? With modern home automation, there are three primary competitors when it comes to linking smartphone virtual assistants to home automation systems and components. These ‘new’ smartphone compatible systems have meant that home automation is increasingly available in more and more homes, and progressively more accessible.

Below, we look at the three main options out there, and what the positives and negatives are.

 

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How Building Automation Can Help Your Office Become More Efficient

Businesses are constantly looking for new ways to increase efficiency in the office. Automation might just be the answer, yet too often is it overlooked. This might be because office automation is usually considered as just turning the lights on or off, or changing the temperature. Yet as you’ll see below, it can so much more than that. Sure, using workers to complete tasks, like changing the temperature or securing the office in the evening, may seem like It doesn’t make much of a difference, yet small things add up.

Continue reading to see how office automation can help your business become more efficient.

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NETx BMS 2.0 Server’s Visualisation Editor Makes Centralised Control Easy and Powerful

The embedded web server makes the NETx BMS Server a flexible platform for web based visualizations. All software components that you need to create your visualization are already included in the NETx BMS Server. The web engine only uses HTML and JavaScript for the visualization. So each device with standard web browser can serve as a so called BMS Client. The web based visualization is not limited to PC systems but can also be used on smartphones, tablets, touch panels or other embedded devices.

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Why you should use WLAN multiroom systems for audio

When it comes to wireless systems (for anything) there are actually more options available to you than you may think. Advances in technology and support for older platforms means that WLAN systems aren’t the only option out there. That being said, we think they’re the best.

This is especially true when it comes to audio systems. The trick is to find yourself a happy median, where the technology will work with the devices you will play music from. Then deliver a suitable input into the speakers for your music to sound rich and provide you with the level of fidelity you want.

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5 Reasons for you to invest in a home automation system this year

You’ve heard of it from friends, you’ve seen it in movies and increasingly you’ve found yourself thinking about home automation systems, yet you’re still hanging on the edge of a decision. Home automation is increasingly becoming more accessible to everyone, so here are five reasons why you should make the switch this year.

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