But, as more and more smart devices come onto the market, and the Internet of Things (where every device has a unique IP address and can therefore be monitored and accessed remotely) expands daily, what's stopping you from adding other home control gadgets into the mix and, say, switching on the kettle from the comfort of your bed to make your morning brew?
We know what's stopping a lot of people: the idea that home automation is expensive. Well, what if we let you into a secret? Home automation doesn't have to break the bank.
Automation brings about an almost endless range of access, security, cost saving and home entertainment possibilities. The ability to programme and schedule events for the devices on your network includes time-related controls – e.g. switching your lights on or off at certain times of day – as well as non-scheduled events – such as turning on inside and outside lights if your burglar alarm is activated. It gives you remote access to all of the devices connected to your system, so you'll never go away for the night again worrying whether or not you remembered to lock the front door.
A comprehensive home automation system that gives you the ability to remotely control the temperature of your home, manage door access from your tablet or smartphone and connect to integrated CCTV cameras – all on your wireless network - can be yours for less than the price of a state of the art, 75" Smart 4K TV. Not to mention the fact that intelligent energy use will save you money in the long term.
So whether you want to wow your mates with the latest gadgetry, or it’s more about adding convenience to your lifestyle (and making sure the cat is fed if you’re late home from work), home automation needn't be as expensive as you think.
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