Recent market surveys in this domain, give the evidence that it is constantly growing market, despite the crisis and the difficult economic environment: there are about 100,000 dwellings where every year a home automation system is installed.
Home automation acts mainly on SAFETY, COMFORT and ENERGY AND RESOURCES SAVING.
In terms of the Safety-security, automation may involve life-saving systems to detect gas, water, fire, leaks anti-theft and anti-intrusion devices.
As for comfort, moreover, forced air exchange mechanisms and air conditioning solutions can be designed, as well as automatic opening and closing of windows, doors, shutters, remote management of electrical appliances … and so on.
Power saving focuses on lighting management and heating bringing to a reduce consumption even more than 50%.
Can you imagine similar savings in industrial or commercial structures, with large surface areas, for example by installing sensors managing lightning according to the outdoor light conditions. There is also the possibility to monitor electrical consumption in a quantitative and qualitative way by immediate detection of faults and electrical equipment malfunction, thus allowing a quick intervention before the occurrence of much more serious problems.
IN terms of costs, home automation impacts, only of 3-4% of the overall budget of a building, a gap that will pay for itself within a few years through savings on waste.
A HELP FOR WHO IS ‘IN TROUBLE
Home automation has shown great potential in helping people with disabilities or various mobility problems, may be associated to old age, through the interaction with the technological (or not) elements in the house, allowing them to regain, at least in-house, a greater autonomy.
The “secret” for a really effective home automation is in the interface, or in the activation of the controls with interfaces using breath or voice synthesis, so that it can also be used by those who can not move.
Another application, can be the remote monitoring by medical personnel, of chronic patients or during convalescence periods, thus allowing additional possibilities for the care, at the patients’ homes.
E.g., what about a sensor that not detecting movements any more for instance in the bathroom, triggering an alarm? wouldn’t it be life-saving?
ELECTRIC APPLIANCES MANAGEMENT
Nowadays there are many electric appliance manufacturers putting on the market products, such as dishwashers, fridges, ovens, hobs, hoods that can be connected and directly managed from an iphone with a dedicated application. It can be useful for example if you want to start the cycle of a washing machine wherever you are, or manage to keep circulating the clothes in the washing machine to have always fresh laundry if you can not hanging it immediately. You can pre-heat the oven when you are about to return home or be notified when it is the best time to start cleaning.
Wi-fi cameras that integrate with all alarm systems to ensure a simple and secure control of areas, offering the ability to connect to audiovision of connected alarm systems. Thanks to a specific app, you can easily monitor environments remotely from your smartphone or tablet and interact with relatives, using the integrated microphone and speakers.