List of Home Automation Applications

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Audio / Video Entertainment: Home Theater

Replace all remote controls with one easy-to-use interface...

... simple, handheld remote control - always accessible, obvious how to use it

... keypad on the wall by the door - get things started as you walk in the room

... great looking graphical touch screen display at various sizes and prices

Reliable communication to all of the AV components, always

Reliable 2-way control of all components so the system always works

Accurate and up to date documentation of all wires in the system

One touch on the user interface ...

... turns on all the right components (e.g., VCR, DVD, cable, surround sound, display)

... drops down the screen or raises the lift

... closes the curtains

... dims the lights

... arms the security system

... adjusts the heat to the right temperature

Use your large screen TV as a computer screen to ...

... surf the web from your couch

... access the user interface to your home

... work from the comfort of your living room

Have the entertainment system turn off automatically after you've left the room for a while

 

 

Audio / Video Entertainment: Whole House Music

Distribute music to multiple rooms of your home to ...

... utilize a central library of music

... listen to the same music in every room

... listen to different music in each room

... wake up to music with the volume increasing gradually

... play what's playing in the adjacent room with the touch of a single button

Control the music from ...

... the keypads and displays associated with the audio switch

... with the same remote control that controls the TV and music

... with the touch of a single button on a keypad

... from the graphical display on the wall

... by time of day or time relative to sunrise or sunset

... from your PC at work or at home

... automatically when you walk into and out of a room

Have the music automatically turn on as you enter a room, turn off as you leave

Have the same music follow you from room to room

 

 

Audio / Video Entertainment: Whole House TV

Distribute video sources throughout your home to ...

... start a DVD in the living room and watch the end in your bedroom

... buy fewer source components

... play the same show on every TV in your home while doing chores

Have the TV automatically turn on as you enter a room, turn off as you leave

Have the same TV show follow you from room to room in a constrained set of rooms

 

Cameras to monitor your home

See who is at the front gate or front door

Monitor all outdoor areas

Deter burglars from your home

See your baby sleeping, even from work

See your nanny with your child

Let your parents see their grandchildren playing remotely

 

 

Curtains

Quickly and easily open and close curtains to ...

... reduce glare on the TV set

... close your home up for the night

... welcome the sunshine in the morning

... help you wake up in the morning

... close up the vacation home as you leave

... protect furnishings from the sun's damaging rays

... reduce the cost of heating and cooling

... reduce drafts and cold spots in the room

Open and close the curtains ...

... with the same remote control that controls the TV and music

... with the touch of a single button on a keypad

... from the graphical display on the wall

... by time of day or time relative to sunrise or sunset

... automatically when you walk into or out of a room

 

 

Displays and keypads

Install attractive displays in multiple rooms of your home and use them to ...

... view the floor plan of your home and know which rooms have their lights on

... view the floor plan of your home and know which rooms are occupied

... control and monitor devices in every room of your home

... view cameras located everywhere around your home

... receive Internet feeds of news and weather

Use less expensive, simple, attractive keypads to ...

... set the lighting scene for the room

... control the curtains, fans, fountains, fireplaces, and windows

... turn the music on and off, select a music source, and set the volume

... play the music that is playing in the adjacent room

... arm and disarm the security system

... set the temperature in the room to the ideal temperature

... set the temperature to conserve energy

 

 

Do it yourself

Integrators are worth their weight in gold for design and installation, but you may want to ...

... change individual lights in a lighting scene to set the ideal mood

... create your own timer events to wake up with lights, music, and the ideal temperature

... control when the outdoor lights turn on and off automatically

... determine whether the TV should turn on when the room goes to TV scene

... change the lighting level of every room of your home during a party

 

Doors

Display all of the open doors of your home on your wall mounted touch panel PC

Add a surveillance camera to each door so you can see who's there from a safe distance

Unlock your back door from work to let someone in

Unlock your doors without carrying keys

Close the garage door from work

 

 

Driveway Entry Gates

Increase privacy and security with a driveway entry gate

Latch the gate open for a party or when you know someone will be arriving

Automatically close the gate every day at 5pm or sunset

Automatically open the gate for the landscapers to cut the grass

Open and close the driveway gate from anywhere

Open the driveway gate even during a power failure

Open up a video image of the car or person at your gate on a display in your home

 

 

Easy to upgrade

Replace the DVD player with a newer model and update the control software in seconds

Get the next set of features by easily upgrading the software on your home controller

 

 

Fireplaces

Turn your fireplace on and off ...

... with the same remote control that controls the TV and music

... with the touch of a single button on a keypad

... from the graphical display on the wall

... by time of day or time relative to sunrise or sunset

... from your PC at work or at home

... automatically when you walk into and out of a room

 

 

Fountains

Quickly and easily turn your fountains on and off to ...

... save energy

... reduce noise

Turn fountains on and off ...

... with the same remote control that controls the TV and music

... with the touch of a single button on a keypad

... from the graphical display on the wall

... by time of day or time relative to sunrise or sunset

... from your PC at work or at home

... automatically when you walk into and out of a room

 

 

Heating and cooling

Make you life more comfortable and save energy

Create multiple heating and cooling zones to ...

... get the ideal temperature in each room

... save energy in rooms where it is not needed

... help make a greener world

Set the ideal temperature in a room from ...

... an attractive thermostat on the wall

... with the same remote control that controls the TV and music

... with the touch of a single button on a keypad

... from the graphical display on the wall

... by time of day or time relative to sunrise or sunset

... from your PC at work or at home

... automatically when you walk into and out of a room

Set back the temperature in all rooms with a single button when you leave your home

View from your PC which zones are in heating, cooling, and off

 

 

Intercom and paging

Use your telephones as an intercom and paging system

Page someone anywhere in your home

Page people to answer a phone call

Intercom specific rooms or multiple rooms with the touch of a finger

Include the front door bell and driveway entry gate into the paging system

Listen to your baby sleeping or your kids playing from any room in your home

 

 

Knowledge of what rooms are occupied

Knowledge of what rooms are occupied gives you more information

Find your toddler, kids, and/or spouse quickly

Know when your kids get home from school - even from work

Know if your kids are having a party while you're away

Know what rooms your workers are in on your PC at work

Know where intruders are and how to avoid them

 

 

Lawn & Garden

Control each sprinkler in your lawn and garden separately ...

... by time of day or time relative to sunrise or sunset

... from your PC at work or at home

 

 

Lights

Create elegant lighting scenes that set the mood of the room

Adjust the lighting scenes yourself without calling the integrator for help

Turn the outside lights on at dusk, off at 11pm

Wake up to gradually increasing lights

Blink the lights to announce when it's time to leave for work

Turn off all lights in your home with a single button

 

 

Walk to the bathroom at night without waking your spouse or stubbing your toes

Control the lights in any room...

... with the same remote control that controls the TV and music

... with the touch of a single button on a keypad

... from the graphical display on the wall

... by time of day or time relative to sunrise or sunset

... from your PC at work or at home

... automatically when you walk into and out of a room

 

Networking

Have a very high speed wired network among multiple rooms of your home

Have wireless access throughout your home

Extend the wireless network to your yard and pool

Access the Internet and share files and printers from all PCs

Access your home remotely (hotel or office) while securely blocking others

Create an "always on" network that is secure

Make you network resilient to power failures

 

 

Player piano

Control the player piano from any room in your home

Wake up to your favorite music being played on your piano

Control the piano...

... with the same remote control that controls the TV and music

... with the touch of a single button on a keypad

... from the graphical display on the wall

... by time of day or time relative to sunrise or sunset

... from your PC at work or at home

... automatically when you walk into and out of a room

 

 

Privacy/Notification

Be notified in the master bedroom when the kids leave their rooms and enter the hallway

Be notified when someone enters the pool area or the wine cellar

 

 

Security

Arm for home, arm for away, and disarm the security system with ...

... the keypad of the security system

... with the same remote control that controls the TV and music

... with the touch of a single button on a keypad

... from the graphical display on the wall

... by time of day or time relative to sunrise or sunset

... from your PC at work or at home

Create paths of light moving through your home to make it look lived in

Know what window or door has been breached

See who's at the gate or door before opening it, even from work

If an intruder breaks in, know where he is so you can avoid him

Know whether or not your garage door is closed, and close it - even from bed or work

Unlock your doors without carrying keys

 

 

Structured Wiring

Add structured wiring for ...

... data networking

... telephone

... audio and video

... security

... lighting

... HVAC

... relay controlled devices

... future applications

 

Telephone

Add a PBX to your home to enable the following features

Add intercom and paging to every phone in your home

Have the door bell "ring" throughout your house on all phones

Speak with the person at the door from any phone

Open the driveway gate and/or front door from any phone

Have multiple phone numbers and answer them from any phone

Use a different ring for each phone number

Block 900 reverse charge calls

Automatically dial a friend's number with a touch of a button

Redial the last number with a touch of a button

Conference in two friends on the same call

Let your friends listen to music while on hold

Save on long distance calls using VoIP

View the caller ID on all phones

Audibly announce the caller's name over the intercom

Each member of the family gets his/her own mail box and voice message light for voice mail

Easily leave voice messages to your kids or spouse instead of writing notes

Automatically send the same message to every parent on the soccer team

 

 

Wake up alarm

Wake up to one or more of the following ...

... 20 minutes before the alarm goes off heat the room to 70 F

... 10 minutes before turn on the hot water recirculator to prepare the shower

... when the alarm goes off, begin playing your favorite music very softly

... 1 minute later turn the lights on dimly

... 2 minutes later increase the volume of the music and the brightness of the lights

... 2 minutes later open the curtains

 

 

Water

Automatically turn the hot water recirculator ...

... on 10 minutes before your wake up alarm

... off when you go on vacation

Turn the hot water recirculator on and off ...

... with the touch of a single button on a keypad

... from the graphical display on the wall

... by time of day or time relative to sunrise or sunset

... from your PC at work or at home

... automatically when you walk into and out of a room

 

 

Windows and skylights

Quickly and easily open and close windows and skylights to ...

... bring in fresh air

... help you wake up in the morning

... close your home up for the night

... close up the vacation home as you leave

... reduce the cost of heating and cooling

Open and close curtains ...

... with the same remote control that controls the TV and music

... with the touch of a single button on a keypad

... from the graphical display on the wall

... by time of day or time relative to sunrise or sunset

... from your PC at work or at home

... automatically when you walk into and out of a room