Browsing: Home Automation


The heart of the smart home lies with home automation technology. Often believed to be futuristic, the idea of having all the devices in your home connected to a central system is already possible.

Today, you are able to achieve inter-connectivity between your home appliances, entertainment devices and security hardware, all through the power of home automation wireless protocols and technology.

To understand how a smart home world works, you often have to dig deeper and learn about the intricacies that make up an entire system. Let us take you on a journey into the amazing technological wonders of this new and amazing technology. And who knows, in the process, much like Tony Stark, you might end up building your own Jarvis at home!

Learn more about what makes devices works and get to know the industry leading wireless connectivity protocols, systems for the automation of your home and more.


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Smart Thermostats – What you need to know

Your normal thermostat helps you to adjust the temperature in your home, letting you control the heating and the air conditiong. The difference between Smart Thermostats and regular thermostats is the fact that they can learn from your specific needs and behaviours.

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Motion Sensor Light Switch – What you need to know

A Motion Sensor Light Switch is often also referred to as “Occupancy Light Switch” as well as “Vacancy Light Switch”. But there is a difference between the two. An Occupancy Light Switch automatically turns on the lights as soon as motion is detected in the sensor range and automatically turns the lights off when the motion is no longer detected in the range.

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Insteon

Insteon tries to combine the best of both worlds which means it supports powerline communication as well as radio frequency communication. Considering it only as a protocol would be an understatement. It is rather a complete technology stack which also consists of separate protocols for the two different types of communication.

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Universal Powerline Bus

Universal Powerline Bus or short UPB is a communication protocol developed for the needs of home automation. As the name suggests it uses the existing powerlines of homes for sending data. It was developed in 1999 by PCS Powerline Systems and was inspired by the already ubiquitous X10 protocol.

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ZigBee

ZigBee is a home automation protocol which was originally invented for the use in Personal Area Networks (PAN). Like Z-Wave it uses low power radio frequency communication which results in long battery lives for ZigBee using devices. The protocal is based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard and is widely considered as an alternative to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

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X10

As the oldest protocol on the market, X10 has built up quite some reputation over the last 30 years. X10 was originally designed for powerline communication only but through time the need for wireless communication emerged.

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