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the smart home Rob Sutherland, managing director of Inspired Dwellings, specialists in the design and installation of home technology, shows how smart homes are evolving


The evolution of


ment for the affluent or enthusiasts. In particular smartphones have made the smart home both more accessible and more relevant to how we live today. It is a vital area for self builders wanting


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to add value and usability to their projects. Home cinema, streaming music and multi-room entertainment work with smart lighting, while remotely controlled and connected security systems provide real peace of mind as they pro- tect the home.


Basic cable infrastructure


The most crucial part of any smart home is the wiring – also known as the cable infrastructure. Having the right infrastructure in your property means that, as the market and technology expands, new products can be easily integrated at the time of build, or even retrospectively fitted. The cable infrastructure allows everything


from televisions to laptops and tablets and lighting control systems to communicate with one another. The best investment to make is on high quality


cabling. By deciding to wire with high quality category six cables at the very start of the build, you allow for high data transfer speeds. By put- ting a data point in every room you create a blank canvas as to how the rooms can be used. If developments are being done with invest-


ment in mind this approach is essential. A com- prehensive infrastructure reassures any prospec- tive buyer that their new home will cope with all the latest technology – without the expense or hassle of refitting and rewiring.


Stable internet


Today, internet access in every room is a given. The internet is no longer just about communica- tion or entertainment. Smart homes are part of what is now known as an ecosystem (often called ‘the internet of things’). This is all about connectivity and devices being able to commu- nicate and synchronise with one another in a way that is useful.


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he smart home has been around as a con- cept since the 1970s. Early smart homes were primarily limited to home entertain-


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