we target our needs and reduce losses. CASE STUDY

At a luxury penthouse in Devon we designed and developed a schematic that reflected the client’s wishes. They were looking for a complete home automation solution – lighting, blinds, audio-visual, networking, HVAC and security.

The clients travel frequently so it was important they could manage their home effectively while away, and make modifications in preparation for their return. To conserve energy, they can ‘power down’ certain equipment such as music systems and the TV when they go away, and power it back up on their way home. The lighting and blinds application provides a holiday setting which means the penthouse looks ‘lived in’ even when they’re away.

blinds or use them in combination with a heat sensor so that they automatically shut when the solar glare or heat is high.


Smart home control gives you control at all time of the day whether home or away. For example, you can avoid waiting for deliveries or spending time collecting them from the depot – smart door entry

systems can be managed with a phone or tablet, so when you get that call at work, advise them where to leave your parcel safely.

As well as enhancing our living environment, smart home control, particularly lighting, heating, blinds and curtains, can really help save energy and reduce bills. In other words, we use less electricity to light and heat our homes as

ERA launches Cloud-based HomeGuard Pro

ERA, one of the UK’s home security specialists, has launched the new HomeGuard Pro, the first of its kind, cloud-based alarm system to combine security with smart living. The Cloud takes away constraints that a localised alarm system brings, with the immediate benefit being no control panel, just a hub. There is no complicated set up, as this is all done via smartphone app and should the panel be damaged, all settings and data is safely stored in the cloud. Just get another hub and you are quickly up and running again. HomeGuard Pro will simultaneously alert all stored contacts and provide real time data. Log in, flip between IP cameras, review arm/disarm logs – quick and easy home security management. Another key difference is that the cloud, similarly to a ‘middle-man’, allows communication with other smart devices that a local alarm wouldn’t easily be able to do. HomeGuard Pro comes ready to work with Lightwave to automate your home alongside arm and disarm functionality and is also due to integrate with TouchKey (Keyless Smart Lock) and DoorCam, (Wi-Fi Video Doorbell) bringing to life a fully integrated suite of Smart Home Products all connected and managed by one easy-to-use Smartphone App. Finally, the Cloud offers money saving benefits for the Householder over the longer term because as new integrations are released, or new features become available, the hub can simply be upgraded via the Cloud.

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Security was also an important factor and CCTV, a door entry system and the lighting link to provide an integrated system. The penthouse features a lot of glass so they also required a heating/cooling system that would respond intuitively to maintain a constant temperature, regardless of the weather.

Karen Chugg is managing director of Intelligent Abodes

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