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.


Home Automation
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Data Security in the Smart Home

This article was written by Jordan Stone, the Chief Software Architect at Notion. Your refrigerator can you tell you when you’re running low on milk and automatically order more to be delivered the next day. It can count the calories you’ve consumed by tracking what goes in and out, and send that information to your fitness tracker.… Read More
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Z-Wave

Z-Wave was developed by a Danish startup called Zensys. It is a proprietary wireless communications protocol specifically designed for the needs of remote control applications and therefore all kinds of home automation devices.  While using a low-power wireless technology it supports the communication via a mesh structure which means that several Z-Wave devices also act as a signal repeater and verify that the commands were sent successfully.… Read More
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KNX

KNX is an abbreviation for the word Konnex and describes a standardized protocol for building control and also has its place in traditional home automation. Its biggest advantage is the independence of any particular hardware platform which means that it could also be executed on an 8-bit microcontroller.… Read 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 conditioning. The difference between Smart Thermostats and regular thermostats is the fact that they can learn from your specific needs and behaviours.… Read More
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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.… Read More
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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.… Read More
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X10

As the oldest protocol on the market X10 has build up quite some reputation over the last 30 years. Communication Powerline/Wireless X10 was originally designed for powerline communication only but through time the need for wireless communication emerged. Benefits of the X10 Protocol Cheap Available almost everywhere (RadioShack) Big community and existing inspirations due to its age Disadvantages of the X10 Protocol Slow Unreliable (newer Powerlines have become very noisy causing the loss of commands) No Encryption Difficult to install for non-techies compared  to newer technology (e.g.… Read More