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Diane Fogarty, a property developer from Yorkshire, recently transformed a derelict pub in the village of Ogden into her own eight-bedroom smart home. To do this she placed an order with Legrand for its


Arteor bus system, which included 10-inch multimedia screens, signature and mirror black plates, blue skirting lights, TV corners, heating controls, and Arteor sockets, plus Bticino’s Axolute door entry system. Once installed the system will enable a number of smart features including curtain and blind control, heating control and various different lighting scenarios. The dual option of bus (SCS) and ZigBee home automation solutions means Arteor can be easily interfaced with other systems. Arteor bus technology products have the advantage of being able to communicate with other systems such as KNX, while the Arteor ZigBee products allow for communication where cabling is not possible. Fogerty says: ‘This is the first time I’ve installed a


Audiovisual stimulation: home automation has been driven by the AV market


Cable route: smart technology makes almost anything possible with home automation


building automation system in one of my developments. My initial motivation for doing so was to enhance the security of the house and to give it a “wow” factor. However, the energy-saving possibilities that the Arteor system offers is an added bonus and has allowed us to meet our energy targets.’


Security With homeowners increasingly concerned about break- ins, property damage and burglaries, home security has become an integral part of any smart home system. Today’s smart homes can feature burglar alarms, CCTV systems, access control, door entry systems and fire alarms. Stefanowicz believes that the security market offers an


excellent way for electrical contractors to develop a smart home offering. He comments: ‘People are, quite rightly, concerned


Home


entertainment ranks highly on most homeowners’ lists of ‘must have’ items, and with smart technology just about anything is possible


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about their safety and that of their loved ones. There is a plethora of security systems available that can link into a smart home system, such as audio and video entrance control systems, to full-blown remote access cameras, which will allow you to see inside the home from any computer.’


Standards The ECA’s ITEC group has carried out a huge amount of work in the smart homes arena, working with standards bodies such as CENELEC. Stefanowicz comments: ‘CENELEC has been trying to provide the European citizen with access to increased functionality, accessibility, reliability and security that a smart home, with common and open architectures, will deliver in an expanding broadband infrastructure.’ Its most recent initiative is the SmartHouse project, the


overriding objective of which is to make the new technology of the connected home accessible to all. Since 2001, CENELEC and the European Commission, DG ENTR, have been working together to develop understanding of


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