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TECHNOLOGY


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hese days, no home or office is complete without ‘smart’ technology. Whether it’s as simple as turning on your home theatre system


with one click or simultaneously turning on the house lights and heating when you open the garage door – there is no doubt that automation can make life very convenient indeed. While automation technology is becoming more


common in residential and commercial applications, it is a significant investment around which there is still a lot of mystification. AMX Australia, Marketing Manager, Graham Barrett


says, “To explain automation is a little like explaining ‘flight.’ It could be as simple as getting off the ground or taking off in a jumbo jet.” Essentially, explains Barrett, the technology


comprises of two aspects. The first is integration: getting all the subsystems, such as air conditioning, A.V., lighting and security to link together and be controlled by a single point interface. This allows several subsystems to be activated with one click. For example, clicking ‘home’ might turn on your living room lights, heating and even run your bath. The second aspect is automation. Once the


subsystems are integrated, you can have many automatic functions set up for you, such as an intruder alert that activates a panic room.


136 FAMILY OFFICE: ASIA TOMORROW “Ultimately,” Barrett says, “automation is about simplicity.


It should simplify every aspect of the environment, from turning on your Blu-ray player to activating a panic alarm.” There are many different systems available, from the


top-end AMX or Crestron solutions – which are often found at commercial level, The National Museum of Australia is entirely controlled by an AMX system, for example – to more affordable ‘every-home’ solutions from companies such as Control 4 or Switch Automation. Control 4 specializes in a modular solution that can be


retrofitted. The benefits of a security solution alone are numerous. Firstly, you can do away with keys and locks, replacing them with automated door locks that are pre- programmed to lock up at a certain time each night. If the office window or door is accidentally left open, you can receive an email alert. Or in a more personal application, if you’re worried about elderly relatives living on their own, the system could be set up there to SMS you to say they’ve remembered to lock their door before going to sleep. Meanwhile, IP based cameras can give you 24/7 visuals of your property from wherever you are. Switch Automation is slightly different, providing an end-


to-end solution that uses a ‘Cloud’ or Internet Protocol based platform that is hardware neutral – meaning you can select whichever electronic devices you want. It also means there is less infrastructure in the property, moving it out into the Internet instead.


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The latest automation technology for the home and office is designed to save you time, enhance your quality of life, and maximize the efficiency of your business.


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