Milan Brandon Rebman ITMG 100, Section 10 20 April 2010 Smart-Homes Internet-Based Home Automation Technology What is HA Tech? Internet-based home automation technology allows a homeowner to control household appliances remotely via the internet. Systems have the capability to
control anything from security systems and climate control to plumbing fixtures. What is HA Tech? (Continued) Began with the introduction of the television remote in 1950. First widespread use of computers to control household appliances occurred in the 1980s with the introduction of X-10. Late 1999; Universal Powerline Bus Technologies X-10
Earliest & most widely used technology. Uses homes existing wiring Requires installation of unsightly modules Reliability of 70-80% INSTEON Ethernet
Connects Complimentary directly to to X-10. internet. Each unit receives an Utilizes radio IP Address. frequency Expensive bands to control light power-overswitches. Ethernet supplies Limited
required compatibility with computer Currently software. available for HVAC and Webcam. UPB Most advanced of widely-used HA technologies. Integrates separate
appliances to create scenes. Reliability of 99+% Installing a System Home Automation Inc. Promises to install a whole-house system for $3-5 a square foot (not including labor). Total cost between $15,000 and $100,000 depending on the system Owner-Builder Research available technologies. Choose hardware and software that meets your needs.
Why is this Important? Home Automation can: Save energy Enhance home security Manage rental properties remotely Disadvantages: Decreased sense of privacy Software and Hardware Bugs The Future The State of California has passed a law that will require all new homes to have internetcontrolled HVAC systems Energy-efficiency standards will require increased energy conservation.
Increasingly advanced home robotic technology will require remote access via internet. Works Cited Barringer, Felicity. "California Seeks Thermostat Control." The New York Times. N.p., 11 Jan. 2009. Web. 20 Apr. 2010. . Cherry, Neil. "The Possibilities of Home Automation." Linux Smart Homes for Dummies. New York: John Wiley and Sons Inc., 2006. 122. Print. Driscoll, Edward B. "A Timeline for Home Automation." Automation History. N.p., Feb. 2010. Web. 20 Apr. 2010. . "Home Automation - Installation and Consulting." Home Automation Directory. N.p., 1 Mar. 2010. Web. 20 Apr. 2010. .
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