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Housing : March 2009
Home Automation & Security Feature f essentials N uture Many in the industry believe home automation is the way of the future. Housing looks at some benefits. ot incorporating structured cabling in a home at the design stage these days is regarded by some as the same as not including plumbing or electrical wiring. Home automation, smart wiring, and home networking systems – all different terms used to describe the same principle – are basically founded on a system of structured cabling. Structured cabling is cabling which is spread throughout the home from one point, or hub, which connects different electronic systems such as TVs, computers, communications systems, security, lighting and much more. Ideally, the cabling to allow this is Below: Home automation will bring a home into the twenty-first century. installed during construction; however, there are wireless systems which are suitable for retrofitting and will bring a home into the twenty-first century. According to the experts though, it is no substitute for cable as it does not have the same bandwidth. The benefits of home automation are many – not least that it adds value to a home – and include simplicity, security, flexibility, style, entertaining, and energy savings, all from one central point. With a home automation system everything is wired back to a central point With a conventional electrical system, each light switch can only operate the light that it is physically connected to. Once it is wired, it is difficult and expensive to change it to do anything other than controlling that or those particular light/lights. But with a home automation system such as C-Bus Use an expert Despite a common belief that a home automation system is easy to install, it does require an expert to install it. Using an approved C-Bus installer will ensure maximum performance and functionality from the C-Bus system and can be designed to suit your clients’needs. C-Bus Approved Installers have been trained and accredited by Clipsal as specialists in the C-Bus home and building automation system, have the latest product knowledge and expertise, and will ensure that your system delivers the best performance. Clipsal is so confident in the work carried out by its C-Bus Approved Installers that it will double the manufacturer’s warranty on any project that has been inspected and endorsed as a C-Bus Approved Site. To find an approved installer visit www.clipsal.com/cai. Photo courtesy Clipsal HOUSING MARCH 2009 33