Everyone is heading to the future, or more specifically, everyone’s homes are heading in that direction. So many homes feature innovative ‘smart’ capabilities. Opening your garage door from the remote in your car is yesterday’s news. Today’s news include your smart phone, communicating with your home and adjusting it to your needs before your arrival.
Homes are controlled remotely. Front doors can be locked/unlocked, window blinds can open/shut, climate control can be programmed or changed from afar and so much more. All those new trick homes can perform are convenient, money saving and perhaps even environmentally friendly.
Home Automation Limitations
A big question is, are these magical coveted capabilities available in new homes alone? Thankfully, the answer is NO. New homes may be originally designed with many ‘smart’ applications, but older homes may possess many of these tricks and gadgets, they just need some extra help.
Home automation requires an ability to support remote monitoring, configuration and control of embedded intelligent devices through two-way real-time communication between the user and the device. This is the big parameter that isn’t available in older homes. Though it may seem impossible to add such an advanced capability to an old house, it is most certainly possible.
A Smart Switchboard is a pre-configured as well as pre-programmed low-voltage switchboard that can support remote monitoring and allow for a two-way user-device communication in real time.
A Smart switchboard is installed behind or instead of an existing switch. It communicates with your smart device, allowing control from a distant location. It can be wired to light fixtures, an HVAC system, and more. While limited, smart switchboards can help automate an older home without having to replace the actual devices in the home. What is automated is the operation switches for the devices. In other words, when remotely operating a device, you are not actually turning the device on, but the switch connected to it. This allows older homes with older systems and devices to act in an automated manner.