Home Automation Is no Longer the Stuff of Science Fiction
Anyone who may have seen an episode or two of “A Town called Eureka” or some similar sci-fi series is likely to have dreamed of living in a house where every possible need, from adjusting the lighting and turning on the TV and selecting a favourite news or sports channel, to preparing a meal and running a bath at just the right temperature, can be met simply by asking a disembodied computer construct that as been programmed to please. While applications such as Siri, Alexa, and Cortana can provide one with a useful personal assistant, they fall far short of providing the functionality described above. That said, home automation is no longer just a concept for the science fiction author. It is now an established reality, and one that is growing both in scope and popularity.
One of the aspects that have served to make this both a practical and affordable option is that the underlying technology is sufficiently scalable to allow those whose finances may be limited to get started in a small way. An initial installation, for instance, could be confined to automated control of selected lighting, allowing it to be adjusted with the use of a smart phone, a tablet PC or laptop or even a dedicated touchpad. At a later stage, when finances permit, it will be a simple matter to automate additional functions, such as the management of home entertainment systems.
While similar control can be achieved with the use of cables, the strength of these systems lies in the fact that no cabling is required, as all functions are managed wirelessly. That means that it is possible to control events in a given room from any point in the house and, with the aid of a smartphone, even from another location – surely home automation at its best.
With the aid of suitable switches and servos, it is now possible to automate almost any household function. One may, for instance, switch heaters and air conditioners on or off and adjust their settings, open and close the curtains, and lock or unlock doors with a tap or a mouse click, and while complex function functions such as these may not, as yet, be possible with the use of voice commands, some significant progress has already been made in this endeavour.
In the interim, in common with users of this technology worldwide, most South Africans remain content with the freedom offered by wireless control of the more frequently used facilities. Perhaps more so than in some other countries, the need for CCTV cameras and alarms are seen locally as particularly important. As a result, the ability to include security management in a home automation system and combine this with the means to control audio and video devices, lighting, and internal climate has become an important selling point.
As with any technology, some manufacturers prove more successful in their implementation than others. Among those in this specialised field in South Africa, Elite Technologies is a company with extensive experience that partners with a number of the world’s leaders in audiovisual and automated products. Have a chat about the Elan g system and learn more about the many benefits of this world-class home automation option.