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Home Automation

Home automation refers to all of the techniques for controlling and programming devices and electrical systems in a home, a business or a building, either locally or remotely. The general idea is to automate tasks through computerised systems and optimise the functioning of electronic devices based on predefined programmes or measurements of the environment.

What does home automation consist of?

More specifically, a home automation system allows you to automatically manage various electronic devices and systems such as blinds, doors and gates, plugs, lighting, surveillance cameras and sprinklers. Home automation makes it easier to manage your electrical heating by adapting the temperature of the rooms in your home based on your habits, controls the start-up of certain devices (alarms, audio systems) and even allows you to switch on various electrical devices (household appliances such as a vacuum cleaner, coffee machine), as the plugs can be connected to the electrical installation. These systems can also be used in businesses to improve working conditions.

Setting up home automation solutions optimises these various tasks based on scenarios programmed by the user (turning up the heating before you wake up or get back home in the evening for example) or according to what's happening in the home, such as automatically lowering the blinds to stop a room overheating.

Home automation and the Internet of Things

Although home automation solutions mainly rely on electricity, the advent of apps and smartphones has breathed new life into the connected home market. It isn't just about managing electronic equipment and systems in the home any more, it's also about remotely controlling these devices in real time and getting them to communicate and react. This is sometimes referred to as home automation 2.0.

The various functions of the Internet of Things can be independent or interconnected, and the information, which is conveyed via an electrical installation, a wiring system or wirelessly via radio waves or Wi-Fi, circulates in both directions between connected objects and the control interface. Alongside the user-programmed protocol, the sensors (thermometer, light sensor, motion sensor, smoke alarm, etc.) also communicate information to the computer system, which alerts the user via a notification or gets the electrical systems to implement the appropriate solution (close doors, alter the lighting). That's why this technology is referred to as a "smart home", although home automation is also intended for public spaces and businesses. Discover all our products

The benefits of home automation

An electrical home automation setup is mainly designed to meet comfort requirements, both in businesses and in the home. It saves time, automates daily tasks, handles repetitive actions such as adjusting the heating, switching on the alarm, closing the blinds in the evening, etc. For people with a disability or diminished independence, home automation considerably improves their everyday comfort in terms of accessibility, movement around the home and domestic independence. Today's interfaces are easy to use, the electrical installation can be put in place with renovation work or by updating a building's electricity standards, and a wireless solution is often possible. Home automation provides independence and makes everyday life easier.

Although home automation and smart devices are often seen as a luxury, they can also be used to make considerable energy savings (electricity, water and heating). Only using the heating and lighting when necessary and by concentrating your use during the off-peak hours on your electricity contract allows you to cut energy consumption and make savings. Similarly, an automatic sprinkler system connected to the electrical installation can water your garden based on the weather forecast to more effectively manage your water consumption and save you a significant amount of money every year. All this only requires a simple electrical installation that has a minimal impact on your electricity bill in terms of consumption.

Home automation and security

Lastly, a home automation setup is a real advantage in terms of security. Whether you want to make it look like someone's at home while you're away by opening the blinds, or detect a fire, a water leak or an intrusion in your home or business via a connected camera, an alarm or a presence sensor, a smart home created through home automation ensures that your possessions and the people in your home are safe. This helps you to feel comfortable at home and ensures greater peace of mind, whether you're at home or away.

Like any computer system, home automation might seem complicated. However, there are only benefits for the user, whether a private individual or a business. Once it's installed in your home with the right computer systems and a few simple electrical modifications to comply with standards, all you have to do is use your management interface and enjoy the benefits of your home automation system.

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