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Is Your Home Smart? 4 Ways Home Automation Can Help Your Family

When you think of home automation, what’s the first thing that pops into your head? It’s probably not a family home.

When home automation began, it was expensive and, to some, frivolous. Now, however, home automation has become accessible to all. That’s especially true for in the family home. Here are four reasons why you should automate your home and how doing so can help your family.

Save Money

One of the biggest advantages of home automation is the long-term energy savings. From temperature controls helping to lower your heating bill to automated shutoffs on appliances and lighting when you exit a room, the potential energy savings are multiple.

Smart controls are also able to monitor what energy you use and, in some cases, provide you with insights as to where you can potentially cut down. It can also predict when you prefer a certain temperature, or when you’re going to be using the water heater. If you already know these times, you can simply set them yourself and avoid frivolous energy consumption.

With all that money you save, you’ll be able to spend on things you can do with your family. Like that holiday you’ve been planning.

Stay Secure

Another advantage of home automation is the potential security it can provide. Besides automated locking systems, you can also install movement activated cameras. Once activated, push alerts can be sent to your mobile or computer for you to see what’s actually happening in your home. Don’t forget about sensors on doors, windows, and anywhere else you want to make sure is secure.

You’ll be able to leave your family at home with the knowledge that if anything happens, you will know about it. Moreover, if the children come home and have forgotten their keys, you’ll be able to let them in with the push of a button on your phone instead of having to drive home.

Stay Safe

Is there someone in your home who needs just an extra bit of attention or care? Home automation can help to reduce the burden on you by automating some of that. Safety devices put in place can send out alerts to family members or even emergency services. Automated lighting can help those who are visually impaired, as can automated voice response.

Don’t forget the inclusion of smoke, carbon, and water detectors in your home automation plan. As soon as any of these are activated, you’ll be immediately notified with a push notification, keeping you and your family safe.

Stay Connected

Smart homes can keep every room in the house connected. In the living room? Connect with the kitchen to find out what’s happening. Curious what’s going on in the dining room? Do the same thing. A combination of cameras, microphone, and other monitoring devices can potentially provide you with information on everything that is going on under your roof – and in the garden.

Moreover, with some things, you won’t even have to stay in the know. There’s always someone who forgets to turn the lights off, or the TV, or doesn’t lock the door after they leave the house. Smart locks and appliances stop the inevitable arguments by automatically turning them off when you leave the room.

Now all you need to do is decide what to watch on the TV – home automation hasn’t gotten that far yet.

Stay Happy

Home automation for the family home is a great way of taking all the stress out of home management. Keep track of your loved ones and know they’re safe and secure, all whilst making savings.

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Meet us at Light + Build 2018, Frankfurt

Are you visiting Light + Building, one of the world’s largest Lighting and design trade shows in the world?

From 18 – 23 March, companies from around the world share their products and innovations at Light + Building, giving us a taste of what is in store for the rest of the year. For home automation, this includes seeing where technology is going to take us this year, and what the newest trends are going to be.

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What Happens This Year at The World’s Leading Trade Show Light + Building

Light + Building is one of the world’s largest Lighting and design trade shows in the world. Home automation is an important part of that and is only becoming more important. Here’s what you can expect at Light + Building this year.

What is Light + Building?

Light + Building is an annual trade fair which takes place in Frankfurt, Germany. It is the largest trade show in the world to focus on Lighting and Building Services. That includes home automation.

Companies from around the world share their products and innovations at Light + Building, giving us a taste of what is in store for the rest of the year. For home automation, this includes seeing where technology is going to take us this year, and what the newest trends are going to be.

In 2016, Light + Building was host to over 2,600 different exhibitors, including big names like Phillips, who made an appearance. This year, that figure looks set to increase, especially in the area of home automation.

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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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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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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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Divus releases the new Touchzone on Table Console

DIVUS TOUCHZONE combines smart phone apps with building industry‘s safety features.

DIVUS TOUCHZONE is an innovative building touchpanel for wall installations. ON TABLE CONSOLE is a great combination with the 7“ multi-touch screen you can use on your desk, counter or at the reception area. It sports handy controls for room functions, music, door entry systems and much more.

The ON TABLE CONSOLE is an excellent companion in the office, living environment, meeting rooms or even the doctor‘s office. The relatively small 7“ device is compact enough to not take too much space, but large and comfortable enough for using all important functions with ease and delight.

Have you installed a KNX system and want to improve it‘s capabilities and control with no hassle? Then combination of the DIVUS TOUCHZONE, ON TABLE CONSOLE and DIVUS KNX SERVER is an excellent choice. You just need to plug in the network cable and configure the visualization server to get started.

DIVUS TOUCHZONE is using Android operating system which means you have access to millions of available applications. You can quickly check traffic, weather, cooking recipes or set alarms with ease. In the sleep mode the display can be configured to show you the latest family and holiday pictures.

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