Do you need a system that
- Will make you feel safer no matter if you are inside or away from your house?
- Will help you reduce your energy bills?
- Will add convenience and comfort in your everyday life?
- Will help you help your loved ones age in place safely?
A Smart Home System can do all the above,
Equip your lamps with dimmable plugs to control them individually, in groups or together with an app. The combinations of how you switch your lighting on or off are entirely up to you.
- Turn off all your lights with a single switch.
- Turn on all lights from a switch near the bed in case of suspicious noise at night..
- Never come into a dark home again by turning on the light from outside using a remote control.
- Record your lighting behavior and play back when you are on vacation to simulate presence.
- Define separate light scenarios for several demands and situations.
Heating and Climate Control
With a programmed schedule, you set a cooler room temperature when you are not at home. The rest do the radio control unit and the radiator thermostat. When you come home, it is comfortably warm and you have saved money at the same time.
- Automatically open the windows in summer time at midnight to get fresh air into the home.
- Automatically open the roof windows at noon in wintertime to get fresh air into the home.
- Close all windows when a thunderstorm is approaching.
- Switch the heater into energy-saving mode when out of the home.
- Turn up the heating when on the way home.
- Make sure your vacation home is well heated when arriving for the weekend.
- Turn up the heating via smartphone while sitting on the couch.
- Make sure you don’t forget to turn off the heating when you open the window or leave home.
Safety and Security
Let your smart devices work in various ways, For example, the motion sensor in a room used for lighting control, can trigger an alarm if there is motion while armed.
- Protect your floor from water spill and shut off the water valve in case of leakage.
- Get an alert in case of fire (or false alarm) well before the Fire Fighters swamp your home – in 80 % of all alarms it is an easy-to-fix reason.
- Monitor the temperatures in the basement to make sure no water pipe is freezing.
- Arm/Disarm your alarm system right from your smartphone.
- Use motion detectors and other sensors to trigger an alarm.
- Get a burglar alarm first before the siren starts to inform neighbors.
There are hundreds of simple ways to start saving energy and money using a Smart Home System.
From lighting, climate, irrigation and shading controls to intelligent outlets and power strips, there are hundreds of simple, interoperable smart products that let you monitor, control and manage your home energy usage.
For example, intelligent dimming (whether you're home or not) already saves your lighting energy by 25-40%. Truly regulating your home's thermostat will save you money right away.
- See energy consumption trends and replace energy-hungry devices.
- Switch unused devices to stand-by mode.
- Check energy/water/gas consumption from everywhere.
A Smart Home System will give you that "how did I live without it" feeling.
- Have you ever had to run back home to close the back door because you forgot?
- Or maybe you were late to an appointment because you had to run around the house turning off lights, computers, air conditioner and all the other things that are part of your "leaving the house" routine?
Well, a Smart Home System can be your new best friend by giving you a new convenience you'll never want to do without.
Setting up scenes on your smart phone will let you, with one touch of a button, automatically lock all the doors, turn off the lights, fans, air conditioners, televisions, computers and just about anything else you may want to switch off before you go. You can also do the reverse by letting your house know that you're coming home and it will warm up for you, light up the rooms and have your favorite music playing.
Aging in place
A Smart Home System is a powerful tool for helping you help your loved ones age in place safely.
Whether you or someone close to you is looking after an elderly family member or friend, a Smart System can certainly help.
By putting just a few smart products in place you and your loved ones can stay connected even when you aren't there.
It can help allow loved ones to stay in their home longer and still be looked after remotely. The System can monitor activity (and wellness) with sensors on doors, medicine chests, washrooms and more.
Combine sensors and setup scenes in order to automatically light up hallways and stairwells to reduce the possibility of a fall. You'll also be able to get text or email notifications if an activity pattern is abnormal. You can even remotely open the door for health aides and other visitors, or set timers to be sure that doors are locked and everyone's safe.
Today's increased needs
In the last decade, the number of elderly population has increased significantly which affects us all in many aspects, especially in healthcare.
A common worry of the elderly as physical and mental abilities start to decline with age is that they will no longer be able to be self-sufficient. Moreover, the responsibility of the "mid-generation" to take care of aging parents has led to the need of better systems and processes for helping seniors. Solutions enabling seniors to live independently into their golden years are becoming a social necessity.
Emerging technology can facilitate self-care and extend the self-reliance of the ageing population. The care of elderly could be enhanced through monitoring system, sensor technologies and communication systems.
Smart home technology can be especially useful for elderly or disabled persons who wish to live independently. Smart home technology has led the idea of ageing in place possible in which elderly person can maintain living independently in their homes and still be in control. Elderly persons can now take the advantages of smart home technology such as monitoring system, emergency system, dangerous kitchen appliance detection, gas detection and etc to maintain healthy and safety living while living independently.
Co-oping with everyday life
The advantages from the use of a smart home system for monitoring and alerting purposes are numerous.
Intelligent Monitoring of Daily Patterns
Utilizing inexpensive sensors, Z-Wave can accumulate and share data pertaining to daily wellness activity, ranging from simple ambulation patterns (did the elder walk around today?) to how many times a medicine chest has been opened, or how many times the bathroom has been accessed. This allows the remote family member to be alerted to any abnormalities in living patterns for loved ones aging in place.
Interior Geofencing And Location
By intelligent placement of sensors, certain areas can be set up in the home and alerts for occupancy or non-occupancy situations, thus being alerted to any dangers or signs of abnormal activity. For example, sensors can send notifications that a stairwell has been accessed going down but not up (indicating a possible fall), or know that no room outside of the bedroom has been accessed (indicating non-activity). You can choose the interval, the monitored times and who is to be notified. Use this to get an alert if a loved one does not appear active when expected.
All this is very useful for people who could maybe do with a little assistance, perhaps because of age or infirmity. The system can automatically manage certain aspects of their home and with an internet connection you can keep a passive check on their environment for comfort or get alerts if something is not right. It is not a substitute for calling in to see them but when that’s not possible this provides some peace of mind.
For persons with restricted mobility being able to control lights and various other appliances from a Smartphone or Tablet PC may provide greater convenience and control of their environment. Motion or door sensors can also be used for lighting control in conjunction with remote operation by Smartphone or Tablet PC. Using the Controller Wi-Fi port with a Smartphone or Tablet eliminates the dependency (and data charges) on mobile broadband when used within the home.
The use of such a system can
- Help you realize your family member's activity patterns daily activity get an alert if it's out of the ordinary.
- Increase your awareness, making sure your loved one is getting up and moving around.
- Alert you if your loved one is wandering or leaving the house at odd hours.
- Simplify daily routines with automated temperature, light and security settings.
Remote Control of Interior Environments
With Smart control, light, temperature and other systems throughout the residence can be controlled remotely. Motorized shades ensure that elderly parents aren't sitting in the dark because shades are too heavy or high to reach. Temperature is 24/7 monitored ensuring there is appropriate heat or air conditioning and through water sensors know and that grandma or grandpa hasn't accidentally left the water in the bathtub running.
Remote Access Control
In many cases, the elderly are visited on an ongoing basis by outside parties that contribute to their well being, including home health aides, visiting nurses and family and friends that stop by for assistance and socialization. With a Smart system controllable lock, doors can schedule times to be unlocked / opened for these parties and know when they have arrived. They can also remotely allow unexpected visitors, or emergency health aid.
These are only a few examples of what a Smart system can do to empower independent aging in place. The devices and systems that make up this connected aging environment are discreet, accessible, and easily integrated into the home. Together, they create a complete picture of observable patterns and actionable data that provides a level of security and decision-making ability that was previously unattainable outside of a senior care facility.
Support solutions and ideas
Consider the following statements and if you answer YES to any of them, it is time to action.
- Your family members want to stay home as they age, but want the security of knowing someone is watching out for them.
- You worry that something has happened when your aging family member doesn't stay in touch.
- A family member has had a recent illness that requires some extra care, but can't afford expensive assisted living.
- You want a safety net for active and healthy aging family members.
When designing the system as per the needs and /or your worries, use the rules below in order to decide what is required. Always remember that it is not necessary to install everything in one go. Start from the most vital/urgent ones and enhance the system with new devices for extra monitoring and alerting capabilities.
- Know when someone gets up from bed, or if they failed to get up by a pre-determined time
- Be aware if someone is waking up often during the night and going to the bathroom
- Has someone gone into the bathroom, and not come out for a long period... a potential slip & fall?
- Are they moving around, or just staying in one place
- Make sure that lights are on when needed and as they move.
- Have they opened the refrigerator to eat or medicine cabinet to take medicine?
- Remotely monitor temperature sensor to ensure the heat or AC is set correctly
- Water sensors to notify if a bathtub or toilet is overflowing.
- Fire and Smoke sensors.
- Doors are closed and locked during night.
- Inactivity alert for the infirm, elderly
- Strobe light only alert for deaf persons using dual mode siren
- Passive (via email) or active (local siren) security alerts
Just let us know of your needs and we'll prepare a system tailored to you. Use it and realise tha advantages. Then, you can extend it to cover extra facilities by adding extra devices.