Home Automation

Home automation involves the control and automation of lighting, heating, ventilation, appliances, and security. Modern systems generally consist of switches and sensors connected to a central hub from which the system is controlled with a terminal mounted on a wall, a mobile phone or a computer.

A home security system integrated with a home automation system can provide additional services such as remote surveillance of security cameras over the Internet, or central locking of all perimeter doors and windows.

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SwannOne Smart Home Control Kit – Hub, Key Fobs, Camera, Smart Plug, Motion Sensor & Window/Door Sensors.

Home Automation For The Elderly

Home automation is being implemented into more and more homes of older adults in order to maintain their independence and safety. 

Smart homes can provide both older adults with many different types of emergency assistance systems, security features, fall prevention, automated timers, and alerts.

These systems allow for the individual to feel secure in their homes knowing that help is only minutes away.

Smart home systems make it possible for family members to monitor their loved ones from anywhere with an internet connection.

Some of the monitoring or safety devices that can be installed in a home include lighting and motion sensors, environmental controls, video cameras, automated timers, emergency assistance systems, and alerts. Devices for the elderly of this nature fall under the category of TeleCare Systems. 

In order to maintain the security of the home many home automation systems integrate features such as remote key less entry systems which will allow pensioners to view who is at the door and then remotely open the door.

Home networks can also be programmed to automatically lock doors and shut blinds if required.

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Home automation systems may include automatic reminder systems for the elderly. Such systems are connected to the Internet and make announcements over an speaker. They can prompt about doctor’s appointments and taking medicine, as well as everyday activities such as turning off the cooker, closing the blinds, locking doors. Users can choose what activities to be reminded of.

Systems can remind users at home or away from home to take their medicine, and how much, by using an alarm wristwatch with text message and medical alert. Reminder systems can also remind about everyday tasks such as eating lunch or walking the dog.

Some organisations offer free telephone reassurance services which includes both safety check calls, as well as reminders. These services have been credited with saving the lives of many elderly people who choose to remain at home.

Smart homes can implement medication dispensing devices in order to ensure that necessary medications are taken at appropriate times .

Automated pill dispensers can dispense only the pills that are to be taken at that time and are locked. Versions are available for Alzheimer’s patients that have a lock on them. 

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Home Automation & Energy Efficiency.

Programmable thermostats can make a big impact. Consumers can reduce energy bills by over a 1/3rd by using the schedules and settings of programmable thermostats. Smart thermostats that connect to home WiFi networks come with easy-to-use apps and remote control.

There are a few other ways that digital technologies can improve home efficiency. For example, a system could use the GPS function of a smartphone to automatically put a home into away mode, when a person leaves a property.

You can collect and analyze energy usage data via smart thermostats & tailor your heating settings at home to correspond to your patterns of movement around the home during the day or night.

Even just giving consumers more detail on how much electricity different appliances and electronics use can prompt people to conserve. Automation gives you an opportunity to optimize the settings.

But by and large, people are first attracted to automated home control systems for convenience and home security.

Features such as the ability to see when the kids come home from school or dim the lights automatically tend to outweigh the energy-saving potential of home automation.

The main selling point is protection of your home & family. With this in mind “Age Home Security” can help with your home automation & security requirements.