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Freezer Monitoring

Following the expensive loss of contents after a freezer failed, we were approached to create a bespoke solution to prevent further loss. Equipment failure is inevitable, but “time” can mitigate disaster. Providing advance warning gives valuable “time” to safeguard stock.

Requrements:Temperature Probe

  1. Monitor all freezers and fridges 24/7
  2. Provide instant alerts and notifications based on temperature
  3. Log temperatures for Food Standards compliance
  4. Provide temperatures of other processes Read the rest of this entry »

CCTV …only Smarter

PTZ CCTV

Times are changing rapidly in the CCTV & surveillance field. Cameras are evolving with intelligence devolved to the camera itself. Rather than having a passive monitoring and recording system, you now have the ability to make it work much harder for you.

 

What you can do with a camera is now pretty amazing. Your choice of camera is primarily governed by your reasons for installing the system in the first place. However due to the “intelligence within” flexibility is now enhanced. Image analytic’s embedded in the camera, processes the image at source and provides a faster response to changing situations.

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Cable, the Nerve Centre…..

In the modern home, communication cable and copper wiring are critical infrastructures supplying fast data and power around the home. Traditional “Twin & Earth” cable are like arteries supplying power, and Cat5, 6 & 7 cable form the Nerve Centre transmitting data signals for command & control.  So What and Why are we installing….. Read the rest of this entry »

Thermostats …..we all need them.

neostatGet the heating under control. Number 1 waste of energy is heating. Switch it on in Autumn and forget about it until it goes off again in the Spring. However, many homes rely on a single control point and an inflexible time clock to manage their heating. Enter the realm of Smart Stats, functional thermostats that do more than click when the temperature changes. If its simply heating you need to control, there are many options on the market that provide a degree of intelligence or function in a more intuitive manner. If you need more, integrated heating control is a core function of many Smart Home Automation Systems. Read the rest of this entry »

Multi-Room AV – Audio & TV

Viewing habits are changing due to the rise in web and server based media. Music stored on iPods, online video vaults and streaming services such as Netflix and mhub-tvs-1024x502Amazon are delivering content to our homes in addition to terrestrial and satellite services. Look at the typical home and you will see a stack of boxes located near to each
TV with a nest of cables usually in plain sight.

Moving forward….. Read the rest of this entry »

Saving Energy with Home Automation

One of the key aspects of handing control over to an bathroom2intelligent Home Automation system is the ability to reduce wastage.  If correctly set up it will achieve this with ease, savings of 15-20% on heating and up to 30% on lighting…We will focus on these two aspects and show you some nice extras that come as standard…

Lets start with lights.  Including an occupancy sensor in each room allows for lights to be switched off automatically when there Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Get Caught In The App Trap!

We will say it over and over, “App Overload” will deter people from fully adopting Home Automation.  There are some excellent stand alone app controlled products on the marked and are great for what they do, however linking them in to other Loxone Smart Home Layoutsystems e.g.triggering lights when the alarm goes off is a little more complicated. If your first product is a stepping stone to more….stop….

Starting small is a major benefit of many Automation Systems due to their modular make up, however it pays to do your long term homework Read the rest of this entry »

Living Without FiT…

The Feed In Tariff  (FiT) has been the main driver for many to install  Solar PV, however in January next year, the rate is going to be dramatically slashed. This rate cut will undoubtedly leave many wondering if its still worth it.

In the run up to the deadline there will be another rush, so if solar is on your wish list, do it now and benefit from the additional payments through the FiT scheme.

So what happens after the cut? It is still worthwhile on the basis you are investing in a generator with a fixed output price lower than current electricity supply prices. It works out cheap if you can make use of production and there are a number of ways to boost “self consumption“. Read the rest of this entry »

Automation Quirks

Run of the mill automation is pretty straight forward, but the real power lies in the depths of the processing. Finding installers and integrators who can unlock the advanced functionality is as easy as contacting the manufactures. So what little things have I done to simplify life….

Keys….security is top of most home owners must haves, but this can be compromised by keys. We have simplified access to a properties out buildings using electronic locks. Either electronic key fobs or a time release buttoniButton Smart Keys in the house open the door. The button option allows quick access without the need find keys thus reduce the temptation to leave door unlocked…

Cascade….The ability to perform one function that then triggers a sequence of events not only simplifies common tasks, but can ensure security features are engaged correctly. Taking keys from a smart button could be used to set your home to “Away” mode. Interior lights are turned off along with connected appliances, quick check to ensure doors and windows are closed (or an alert is sent to your phone), the security system is armed, and if needed exterior lights switch on to guide you safely out…. Read the rest of this entry »

Home Automation – The Basics

So what’s it all about? Since the dawn of time, Man has sought to simplify  and control.

Home Automation is being widely used in commercial buildings to drive down running costs and centralise control. The automotive industry has been way ahead of the field for many years with many features coming as standard such as automatic lights, fuel consumption data, climate control and many other comfort and security features.

So What Can It Do…that will benefit the average home? Read the rest of this entry »