Home Automation and Access Control
If youre a fan of the movies and secretly a massive technology geek at heart then we probably have rather a lot in common. When I was younger I used to dismantle anything and everything I could lay my hands on to see how it worked. Some of the things I took apart were broken but miraculously fixed when I put them back together, most were sadly the other way round.
My profession now, when Im not writing articles, is in the home security industry where I get to play about with a lot of cool stuff that I could only have dreamt of as a kid. True enough this is because some of the devices on the market now are so advanced that they only existed 10 or 20 years ago in the upper echelons of big business or used in military applications far from the eye of Joe Public. Thankfully, I have since got much better at putting thing back together and them actually working.
If youre a homeowner who is into technology and looking at a bringing a futuristic tint to your home life then you will have probably already had a look at some of the new developments in home automation. In its infancy in the 1980s home automation basically meant that the lights turned on when you clapped your hands, not too impressive to be perfectly honest, but lets not forget that back then a mobile phone was literally the size of a house brick and only lasted 30 minutes from a full charge.
These advances in every facet of technology has trickled through into the world of home automation and access control, allowing the most mundane tasks such as answering the door and hoovering to be done solely by machines on a set timescale.
These developments have a big impact on security in a very positive way. As most HA systems control things like lights, blinds, curtains and home entertainment systems, these can be used to deter criminals from your property while on holiday. If you have a system like this then it will be linked to a main computer or control panel, within this is your program to oversee how and when each element operates. When it is time to go on holiday for a few weeks you can set the computer to operate the lights, blinds and TV so that to the unsuspecting passerby it appears that the house is occupied and nothing seems out of the norm. Think of the film Home Alone but without Macaulay Culkin..