Levels of automation smart homes and buildings

What can be the least automated you can have in your home? The management and control of lighting and air conditioning schedule.

The term “intelligent building” has been used to describe buildings with systems operating simultaneously but not communicate with each other, as well as those integrated to achieve greater resource efficiency, comfort and safety systems.

In this case we speak of solutions that integrate electronic security (from controls access to fire alarms and theft) and video surveillance with all kinds of comfort systems that control the c internal conditions of the building, such as humidity and lighting.

In addition, temperature control systems with touch-screen smart thermostats that allow energy savings by occupation and lighting control systems and other digital systems with web access for small buildings.

“This does increase the productivity of the inhabitants of the building while the energy saving power and therefore economic”.

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The intermediate level of a home or an intelligent building means having control occupation of lighting, air conditioning and surveillance, where systems monitor the occupation of people in order to regulate light levels and temperature of the place.

For example, down to a minimum intensity lighting and air conditioning when fewer occupation, which saves energy when systems are active, without sacrificing the comfort of the occupants or guests.

Based on previous levels, with regulated schedules and occupation systems, it can reach a third level of automation in which systems communicate with each other.

“This achieves maximum levels of safety, economy and comfort for users”.

Thus, for example, a system access control can, at the entrance of the parking lot in a building or in the garage of a home, communicate with the automation system lighting for air conditioning and lighting of lights the office that person occupies or certain area of ​​the house.

And when the user exits the associated services are turned off.

In addition to protect the lives and assets can be implemented strategies to facilitate the evacuation of people (earthquakes, floods, fires) and smoke evacuation (most casualties in fires is by asphyxiation), when it has full integration.

For example, occupancy sensors to control lighting and, sometimes, air conditioning in certain areas, as well as digital thermostats replaced analogs. Now come the touch screen thermostats, and as their use spreads, is expected to lower its price.

Another advance is that the systems available in the cloud can be used by apps on mobile. “The cloud is becoming safer and provides accessibility time needed to control the different systems from anywhere, inside or outside the building.