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ant to future-proof your home for
the coming wave of technological
advancements? You can start by
sorting your wiring.
Florian Popp, of Gemtek, says that people
tend to include only 60 percent of their wiring
needs when building a new home. So, when it
comes time to add electronics and technology,
they find they don’t have enough wiring.
Considering our lifestyles are becoming more
and more technologically reliant, this can leave
you seriously behind. But what are these new
electronics and technologies that we need all this
for anyway? Florian fill us in:
Want to close the blinds to the harsh morning
sun? Press a button on a control. Forgot to close
the garage door? Press a button on a control. Want
to turn a heater on in the other room? You get the
idea. The C-Bus manages anything electrical in
the house – lights, gates, blinds, shutters, water
features – and acts as the basic platform to control
appliances and gadgets, such as heaters, garage
doors and security cameras. This nifty little system
can even be programmed to heat up your spa
before you get home from work.
Electrical automation is also very popular.
Automation is a feature that comes with a
variety of control systems, allowing you to set
your appliances to turn on and off, increase
or decrease... You can program any number of
electronic devices to perform tasks automatically
whenever you want. This means getting out of bed
in the morning to turn off your house alarm is a
thing of the past, as is turning it on. It’s like the
maid you can’t see.
The full range of iPhones and iPads is becoming
hugely popular now that the devices are
compatible with universal control systems, such
as the C-Bus. By connecting your iPad to a home
control system, you can use your little best friend
to play music in different parts of the house,
control heaters and air conditioners, turn lights on
and off, or any number of other things. And with
any of the ‘iRange’, you can control electronics
in your house from anywhere in the world. This is
especially handy if you get halfway through your
plane flight and realise you’ve left on the lights.
The iPads are very user-friendly and, despite the
cost, are definitely worth it.
With hi-tech solutions and electrical automation really starting
to take off, is your home prepared for all the advances?
TEXT Hayley Myors
8/6/10 3:43:45 PM
8/6/10 3:43:45 PM
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