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P24-25 Home Automation:Layout 1 27/04/2021 12:15 Page 25 HomeAutomation


minimum is essential. The bespoke Click Smart+ App gives householders ultimate control of the smart devices, which can also be operated through voice control in conjunction with a smart speaker.


Peace of mind


The options for providing householders with peace of mind when it comes to security measures are wide ranging, and there is a range of solutions to suit all levels of budget and likely appetite for smart technology.


At one end, a simple Wi-Fi, or ‘smart’ doorbell like ESP’s Aperta Wi-Fi door station will allow users to view and talk to visitors at their home without having to make regular, disruptive trips to the front door. From a smart phone or tablet and using the free ESP Smart app, they can easily see who is at the door or gate, engage in two- way communication and allow remote access if desired. The Wi-Fi Door Station comes in a kit form containing everything required for the installer to get the system up and running quickly and simply.


Part of the working from home phenomena is the need to have various items of valuable equipment on the premises, which is giving rise to concern over potential break ins and thefts. There is a range of smart security solutions available - from entry level CCTV systems to the more sophisticated IP CCTV solutions. The RekorHD range from ESP is an ideal system for those homeowners looking for a premium quality CCTV system that is very competitively priced. These 4-channel CCTV 1080p Kits are packed with features, but come with an affordable price tag, making them ideal entry level products. They are designed with ease of set up as a key feature, including the option for remote monitoring via smartphone or tablet, using ESP’s specially developed ESP View APP. So, whether they are working from home or in the office, users are able to keep an eye on their premises. There are 2 and 4 camera kits available, and they include a 4-channel DVR, premium quality surveillance hard drive, cameras, camera cables, system power supply, mouse and HDMI cable. The menu is designed to be very user- friendly and is navigated via mouse control, making it an easy sell to customers.


For those willing to invest in a more sophisticated security solution, or are keen to upgrade an old system, there is the ESP HDView range of 4 Megapixel CCTV systems. These offer an upgrade from 1080p (2 Megapixel) to 4MP to give users a higher density of pixels to produce a super high definition image clarity. The HDview 4MP range was developed to bring to market a complete collection of superior quality, high end CCTV products that offer greatly improved image specification, while also benefiting from a contemporary look that is being demanded by more and more end users.


At the top end of the market for domestic CCTV solutions is the latest IP POE CCTV technology. This is designed to offer superior, reliable and straightforward installation solutions. ESP’s REKOR IP 2 Megapixel range features POE (Power-Over-Ethernet) which enables the camera and power feed to be wired in Cat5e cable up to 100 metres without the need for additional power, which makes installation much more convenient. A single Ethernet cable provides both the power and the HD digital feed,


with just one cable per camera and multiple cameras can be installed anywhere on the network that the NVR is connected to. The NVRs are packed with features, such as remote monitoring via the ESP View App, H265 compression, motion record activation and they are supplied with quality surveillance hard drives for peace of mind.


Working from home – the new normal According to the ONS, of the 32.6 million people in the workforce, only 1.7 million people in the UK worked from home prior to the coronavirus pandemic. The forced social distancing measures, implemented to curb the spread of the virus, have seen an estimated 20 million people relocating to home offices. Improvements in communications and collaboration technology mean that working from home has become a viable reality for both employees and businesses, and contractors are in a prime position to help drive the growth of smart solutions that will facilitate the creation of new home working environments.


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