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What Is Home Automation, Really?

Technology Design Associates Home Automation System Design

Without lifting a finger, you’ll never leave lights on or shades open again. You drive away, and when you get a set distance from your home, your home goes to “away” mode. Your security alarm sets, lights turn off, and shades drop, even if you rushed out to the kids’ soccer practice and forgot. You don’t even have to press a button or say anything. Pretty 21st century, huh?

Really, it is. A new technology called “geofencing” takes care of it all for you. It lets your home control system know when you’ve gone a set distance from your home and take whatever action you want. Left the coffee on again? Not anymore; it’s off, too. It works in reverse too. When you’re arriving home the lights come on, your favorite music plays and welcomes you home.

Heading to the vacation cabin this weekend? Perfect, your lights will be on and hot tub warm and ready when you arrive. It’s perfect for a nice relaxing soak to erase the pressures of a long week. It’s limited only by your imagination. We can help you too, by sharing some of the ways we’ve helped others simplify their lives.
Here are some other cool ways to bring your home into the 21st century.

Really, it is. A new technology called “geofencing” takes care of it all for you. It lets your home control system know when you’ve gone a set distance from your home and take whatever action you want.Ron Wanless

Auto Fan Control

Use a humidity sensor to turn on the bathroom fan, rather than a switch or motion sensor. It’s pretty darned easy to forget to turn on the bathroom fan. Sure, we’ve been putting those on timers for years, so you don’t worry about leaving fans on, but what if your bathroom is doing its best Amazon rain forest impersonation because you forgot to turn it on when you got in the shower? That’s where a humidity sensor comes in, it simply turns on your fan when the humidity rises.

Smart Security Cameras Are Revolutionary

Security cameras have used motion sensing tech for decades. When a predefined are of the images changes, it sets a flag and starts recording. It can also trigger other events, but if you’ve ever actually used this in anything but a completely predictable environment, you’ve probably discovered that yes, a bird flying by can really create an uproar.

Now however, motion analytics analyzes the image and can tell the difference between a Volkswagen Beatle and the 6-legged variety. It knows if a person is walking on to your property, or it’s just a dog. All of those have different consequences. Your dog escaped again? It happens, but now your camera system can send you an email. Is that a bird flying by, or is someone making off with the yard art? No need to excuse yourself from the sales meeting for the former.

The possibilities really are endless. You can be alerted when a vehicle enters the driveway, but not leaves, for instance. Pizza’s here! Have lights turn on when a vehicle goes by, but not an animal. There are mind boggling opportunities here for both business and residential applications.

We can go over the myriad possibilities for you with this one.

Safety First

New automation tech doesn’t stop with convenience. It makes you and your family safer too.

“Good Night” mode now sets the alarm, locks the doors, closes the shades, shuts off the TVs, music, and turns off the lights, except for the stairs and hallways, which go to a dim “nightlight” mode. It can even close the garage doors, so that “Did I?” never again crosses your mind, making sleep a real possibility. It keeps the bad guys out, too.

A Few More Better Ideas

Live Piano – Do you have one of those pianos that plays for you, even if piano lessons were somewhat of a disaster when you were a kid? Nothing beats real, live music. After all, that’s what we’re trying to recreate.

We can probably play that piano music throughout your home for you, so you can enjoy it everywhere, instead of just within earshot. Yep, we’ll just send it to your house music system. What? You don’t have a house music system? Ok, we really must chat…

Lights Up – When you hit stop in your movie room, the lights automatically come up to 50%. When you turn it off, the lights raise to full on so you can find your way out and grab the empty drink and popcorn containers, then automatically turn off 5 minutes later.

Who’s There? – When the doorbell rings your touch screen automatically displays the front door or gate camera view. It can be on your app too. You’ll never again wonder if it really is the delivery person.

The possibilities are endless. We’d be happy to meet and discuss them and which might enhance your lifestyle best.