The popularity of home automation has increased in the past decade due to the higher affordability and simplicity through smart phone connectivity. Technology has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade to not only make our lives easier but to make it smarter. One of the most requested and sought after technoogies is smart home automation. This is the art of turning your home into an efficient domestic technological paradise! Home automation integrates electrical devices with each other to a centralized computer that controls and monitors things like, AV systems, HVAC, lighting, security and draperies to name a few. These devices may be connected through a home network or be able to be accessed from outside the home via the Internet. With the integration and collaborative effort of these devices in a home environment, systems and appliances are able to communicate in unison to result in convenience, safety and efficiency.
As the number of controllable devices in the home rise, interconnection and communication between devices become a more useful and desired feature for both new and existing homeowners alike. Whether it is automatic control of lighting schemes throughout the day, locking doors remotely after your leave the house or enviromental control for energy efficiency. Smart homes are becoming the norm for any modern household. AVIO is here to assist with all of yoru smart home needs. Whether it is for a residential or commercial integration, we can help. We offer three different platforms for automation and control.
If you spend a lot of time watching television—whether it’s cable or satellite, movies or sports, comedy or drama—you’ll see a huge impact in the viewing experience once you throw home automation inthe mix. You’ve probably got a satellite tuner, cable television, AV receiver, digital media player, DVD Blu-ray player, and maybe a video game console. And you might have a separate remote control for every single component, and a really good memory to recall how it works.
By injecting automation system into a home theater installation, you will simplify everything, giving you the power to wrangle all of the audio and video sources with the press of a single remote button. Your controller “knows” how it’s all connected, allowing the system to manage all of the inputs and outputs. Do you want the lights to dim and curtains to close when the movie starts playing? Or pausing your movie when the doorbell chimes? Or you have even more complex needs, such as sending multiple video streams to several rooms in the house, allowing you to send a single satellite tuner or media player to every room. Your home automation system has the power and intelligence to handle just about anything you throw at it, thanks to the superior power and interoperability of home automation. If you can dream it, we can build it and you can enjoy it.
You probably also have several music sources for the audio each of you prefers. Maybe Dad prefers streaming talk radio, while Mom likes to choose from her private collection of classical music. Your teenage daughter may want to listen exclusively to the pop songs she has loaded onto her iPhone. Whether you’re in the mood for streaming audio or something from networked or portable media, home automation can accommodate you. And you can change your mind as often as you like. You can even move from room to room and have your music follow you there. And that's not even limited to inside spaces. You can add outdoor entertaining areas and extend the reach of your music selections to the patio and even the pool!
When people talk about a “universal remote”, they’re usually referring to a little handheld device that replaces three or four similar devices and enables them to control several audio/visual components at once. But most of us carry a “universal remote” of sorts with us everywhere we go. We call them “smartphones.” In addition to providing access to all of your texts, emails, bank accounts and entertainment options, your Apple iOS or Android smartphone can give you control of virtually everything in your house.
One of the appealing features of a home automation system is that you can control just about anything from anywhere using the app in your handheld device. You can adjust the thermostat, change TV channels, shut off lights or arm the security system from your smartphone or tablet. This is standard behavior with a control system right out of the box. But with automation system and a subscription with Anywhere Access, you can do all this and more—even when you’re not at home. That phone in your pocket becomes a remote that works from just about anywhere. As long as you have a data connection, you’re in control of your smart home.
Do you really need to turn on a television in Tacoma while you’re vacationing in Tahiti? Maybe not. But the ability to control anything in your house can be invaluable. We can configure your system to enable you to manage and monitor security systems, and even disable your alarm and unlock the front door if a family member needs to get inside. You’ll be able to change your home’s “mode” from afar to reduce energy consumption, or adjust the thermostat from the airport so your house is at a comfortable temperature when you arrive at home. You can run “mockupancy” sequences to fool burglars into thinking someone’s at home. Web-enabled smartphones have given you the world at your fingertips, 24/7. Now that world can include your house and everything in it. It’s a natural expectation, and it’s a reality today.
We take lighting for granted because it’s so ubiquitous. Most rooms have overhead lights as well as task lighting in specific areas. Almost all houses have exterior lights, some of which are activated by motion controls or light sensors. Just about every room in your house is likely to have multiple lighting options, with several options for dimming. So what’s the best way to manage it all?
The name of the game here is control. Yes, you can use the switches on the wall, but that’s just the beginning. You can also create specialized controls for each room to achieve a specific lighting mood or “scene.” Each lighting scene represents a collection of settings that are optimal for a particular activity. Your living room may require an “Entertaining” scene and a “Reading” scene. In your bedroom you might opt for “Wakeup” and “Sleep In.” Your control system can also pair TV, audio and comfort options with lighting scenes for total environment control. In addition to using scenes, you can also directly control lights via touch screen, TV remote, smartphone or tablet and PC. One often overlooked aspect of automation system variable dimmers is the ability to govern the power output of many fixtures. Most people can’t distinguish between 90 and 100 percent brightness. Setting the lights in your home to 90 percent can save up to 850 pounds of carbon dioxide per year the equivalent of not driving a car for an entire month. You’ll enjoy the energy savings on your utility bill as you appreciate the positive impact you’re making on the environment.
We take climate control for granted, expecting a home to be comfortable no matter what season it is or how bad the weather is outside. But heating and cooling your home can be expensive—especially if your HVAC system is cranking at full blast whether you’re home or not.
One of the best things about having a smart home is its ability to respond intelligently to changing conditions. And one of the best examples of this is climate control. Many “smart” thermostats give you the option of setting minimum and maximum temperatures for various times of the day. Often you can have different programs for weekdays and weekends. But what if you’re away on vacation? What if you’re at home on a weekday because of a holiday or illness? With Control4, your thermostat can automatically sense what “mode” your house is in and respond with the perfect temperature for whatever you’re doing, whether you’re home or away. If you have a particular room that gets a lot of sun at a certain time of the day, you can install shades that automatically lower to keep your home from getting too hot. During the winter, custom programming can raise the shades to catch the daytime light and close them for privacy in the evening. Your control system knows exactly when the sun rises and sets every day, so you won’t have to do anything to adjust the schedule as the days get shorter and longer.
Your home may be your castle, but it doesn’t have to be an impregnable fortress in order to be secure. It just needs to be smart. With home automation system your house can monitor itself and let you know—whether you’re home or away—if something is awry.
Smart door locks—with either push-button or touch-screen entry—are more than just a convenient way to get into your house without fiddling with keys. When used with an automation system, they can keep you informed about who is entering your home. We can program them to secure themselves automatically so you don’t leave a door unlocked without knowing it. They can also be programmed to alert you any time they are locked or unlocked, or to send you a message when specific entry codes (such as those used by grade-school children or service personnel) are entered. Combine automated door locks with a Control4 Exterior Door Station to see and hear exactly who is at the door, no matter where you are in the house. If you choose, you can even unlock the door without leaving your couch or your desk, letting friends in while keeping strangers safely outside.
First things first. If you already have a security system, we can configure smart controller to make your existing equipment work better. Extend your security system’s functionality by adding arm/disarm capabilities straight from your door locks, your mobile phone, your touch panels, and even your garage remote control. Build in even more functionality by adding supplemental motion sensor and IP cameras that can be controlled and monitored from anywhere in the world.< If an intruder triggers an alarm, obviously your alarm company will be notified. But why stop there? Because of your control system connectivity, you can opt to flash all your interior and exterior lights, blaring sirens at full volume through your whole-home audio system—making your home a particularly inhospitable place for anyone who doesn’t belong there.
Studies have shown that burglars are much less likely to attempt to enter houses that are occupied. We can set up “mockupancy” programs that turn interior lights on and off in patterns when you're not there, faking any would-be intruders into thinking your house is occupied. And if you’re concerned about access to specific areas in your home—such as a medicine cabinet or gun safe — we can install contact or vibration sensors to inform you when an area has been accessed. Other sensors can monitor things like interior temperatures and moisture to alert you to problems (like a furnace failure or leaking water) that could damage your home. No single product will completely protect you or your home from harm, but it all adds up. With security products and features from automation system, you can enjoy a greater measure of safety and peace of mind whether you’re at home or abroad.
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