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Three Home Automation Quick Wins

JACI Smart Home Integration Capabilities

Our recommendations for upgrading residential buildings with home automation equipment are simple enough for anyone to follow.

Overall, smart home technology is one of the most promising innovations in a generation, but integration often falls by the wayside.

The benefits of living in a smart home – complete with automated lighting, window blinds, doors, and security cameras – make managing a home more accessible and entertaining.

A new generation of technologies, our touch panel light switches, and other smart devices makes installing automation affordable and achievable without special tech skills.

The catch is that today, many smart home automation products don’t necessarily integrate well.

To reap the benefits of home automation, we're highlighting three quick wins for integrating smart home technologies using an MCO Home touch panel light switches as an example.

We'll start by going over the most significant benefits of smart home automation.

What is smart home automation?

"Smart" refers to a device's internet connectivity. Essentially, the device needs the internet to communicate with software, typically in the form of a cloud computing-based platform.

Users then use their mobile smartphones to download and install a control application that sends and receives data to and from the smart home device.

It's more than merely remote controlling a previously "dumb" device; consumers now have access to insights like never before.

In an industrial setting, smart devices have been used for years. Electricity and water utility providers have also used intelligent machines to improve services.

But homeowners continue to wait for smart technology to catch-up to the residential market.

We want our customers to reap the full benefits from a 21st-century automated home, just like a modern smart manufacturer.

What are the benefits of smart home technology?

At its core, automating a home can lead to a more efficient livelihood. 

The most well-known benefit is managing all home devices from one control panel or mobile application. This feature sets the table for new smart appliances in the future that can integrate with the smart home's central controller.

But the most under-rated benefit of smart homes is collecting real-time data to reveal opportunities for modern living.

For example, a smart lighting system can track energy usage throughout the day, which homeowners can use to customize settings to save energy while no one is in the room.

In short, a completely automated smart home is far more efficient. That's the most significant benefit we want to highlight.

Furthermore, the following three quick wins are a great way to start the journey into the futuristic world of home automation.

Smart lighting

This upgrade is most comfortable with the right gear and service selection. The challenge is choosing from a wide range of products and technologies.

Google Nest and Alexa receive most of the consumers' attention, but there is much more to smart homes than voice-activated hubs.

Our recommendation is to replace light switches with a device like an MCO Home touch panel light switch before going the voice-activated route, which comes in both vertical and horizontal designs.

The next step is to install a smart home controller to link and control the devices to make the switch work correctly.

Our recommendation is to try the FIBARO Home Centre 3 its features and integration are second to none and versatile enough for most homes.

Before FIBARO hit the home automation market, smart devices didn't interconnect well, and some didn't' integrate at all since they're proprietary hardware.

One fun feature of FIBARO with an MCO Home touch-panel light switch is that motion sensors can detect when people are in a room. When people leave, lights dim and go out.

FIBARO accomplishes this feat through network mesh technology called Z-Wave, which is quickly becoming an industry standard.

Automated roller blinds

Recently, smart window blinds have become a popular addition to an automated home.

Somfy and Alpha motor blinds are the products we recommend, and it isn't only for blinds. This device can also move motorized drapes and curtains.

Awnings and pergolas are other home decors that can integrate with the Somfy or Alpha systems.

Somfy & Alpha products rely on integration to the Fibaro Home Centre 3 that links the same Z-wave mesh network technology as MCO Home light switches.

One way to set up the system is to automate when blinds open and close based on sunlight during different times.

Garage doors

Automating garage doors is a third quick win, and homeowners tend to overlook the benefits.

In the past, garage door openers were electro-mechanical switches that operated garage door motors. Today, smart home technology has adopted that tradition but improved upon it.

FIBARO products have been indispensable in the smart home industry.

Overall, there are many smart garage door devices from which to choose, but they all need a central hub to work in one intelligent system.

We hope that these three home automation quick wins lead to many more improvements once homeowners see a difference in life quality.

For more information on our products and how to bring a smart home to life, contact us (www.jaci.com.au) to learn what makes us unique in the smart home device market.

To get you started we can offer a 10% discount off our Smart Home Controllers & light control, Touch Panel Switches - Apply Discount code of "THAQW13112020" on cart checkout.


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