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Do Smart Homes Affect the Environment?

Smart Homes are becoming more and more popular in the UK and the world. The reasons are obvious – you can achieve various tasks much easier, such as turning on the heating or cooling before you arrive home, fill in your bath without going to the bathroom yourself and many other tasks. Also, home automation companies are becoming very aware of security issues that might arise and are tackling them very well, including KNX, which even has a site dedicated entirely for security – KNX Secure.

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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.

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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 Trends 2018

Home Automation Trends for 2018

The Home Automation market is expected to reach over 79 billion dollars (£58.5b) by 2022. That’s because more and more homes are starting to adopt home automation technology as prices decrease and the technology improves.

2018 is yet another year where the technology is expected to not only improve but become more easily accessible for everyone. From helping to ensure that your home is stocked up with essentials to being able to keep an eye on your pets, here are the likely home automation trends for 2018.

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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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