“What do I need to do to add some smart technology and automation to my home?”
I was in this position in 2006. This blog describes the planning, installation, initial commissioning, growth and experience of a smart home automation retrofit into an Edwardian house in Suffolk, England.
For me a smart home is far more than a living space with some network ports, whole house audio and a cinema room, although these are undoubtedly elements to consider. Smart homes need some intelligence in order to help people live in a comfortable, efficient (green if you like) and safe environment. Features up and running at Neural Home are automated lighting, intercom, audio menus and IR remote control. I have experimented with web and email control, email alerts, messaging & CCTV. The infrastructure I have built will support fire & intruder alarm, Skype messaging, voice recognition, telephone control, heating control, CCTV, multi-room audio and home cinema, outside lights, rain water re-cycling, but these projects will be completed over time.
I chose to build my system around the Idratek Smart Home System but whatever system is chosen (Comfort. C-Bus, EIB, KNX, Siemens etc) much of the journey would be the same so I hope this is of use to people also on this adventure into 21st Century living and those contemplating joining it.
Thank you for dropping by, I believe in lifelong learning so please feel free to comment!
Jon, Neural Home