Living in a home where all the devices can be controlled by a single control panel or a small remote control is not an idea from the movies. It is very much a reality. You would remember that televisions and computers were once believed to be the products of fiction. Today, you can fully automate your house and control your devices with the help of a single control panel.
Many people have installed home automation systems in their houses. The technology has proved to be a blessing for those who lead busy lives and has made their lives more comfortable and secure. You can use your home automation system to control each and every electronic appliance in your house.
Previously, home automation systems were not wireless. They were controlled by a hard-wired control panel. Thanks to advancement in the field of computer technology, wireless home automation systems are now available in the market to enhance the quality of life of people.
Automation manufacturers have now integrated wireless technology in their home automation solutions. Some of us have already used hard-wired automation systems. Now, just consider the benefits of wireless technology integrated into a home automation system.
A home automation system comprise three parts: a computer-like microprocessor, a structure wiring, and a connection center. A professional usually does the structured wiring and connects it to the connection center, within which the microprocessor is located. The microprocessor, which you control, in turn controls the entire automation system. The microprocessor has only one function–communicate with the devices in your house. It translates your commands in a language that your home devices can understand.
A wireless home automation system uses a touch screen wireless control panel, which you can carry with you. Consider the following scenario. You are watching a movie, and you suddenly remembered that you have left the kitchen lights on. You don’t have to get up and go to the kitchen, thereby interrupting your movie-watching experience. Simply touch an icon on your touch screen wireless control panel, and the lights in your kitchen will go off.
Certain home automation systems can be programed to respond to your voice. It records your voice first, and thereafter, obeys all your spoken commands. Besides the touch screen wireless control panel, you will be able to control your devices through your voice alone. Simply use a command and your computer will record and store it. When you give the same command again, your computer will match your voice with the stored recording, and will instantly turn off or turn on the respective lights or electronic device or watering system.
You can now connect your home automation system to the Internet. Irrespective of where you are, you can access the devices in your house via the Internet. For example, if you are caught in traffic, you can turn on your PDA, go online, and through the Internet, you can turn on your air conditioning to cool the temperature of your house, the music system to play your favorite music, and the coffee maker to make a cup of hot coffee for you. Once you reach home, you will find your home set to the perfect temperature while your favorite music greets your ears and a cup of freshly brewed coffee waits for you.