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Building and Home Automation

Building and Home Automation

Take intelligent sensors, smartphones, smaller scale PLC’s and mix together with IoT and PC control, and hey presto you have the basic ingredients contributing to the increase in home automation.

We don’t have to wait, the smart home of the future is now upon us, innovators are taking all that building automation provides and moving it to the home environment.

Whilst smart buildings and new technologies are changing the way we work, it’s also apparent that technology is transferring the way we live. Home automation is more prevalent each passing year and is constantly evolving, in fact in today’s world, you don’t have to be home to be home.

Both the way we are using and interacting with technology is unrecognisable today compared to the world our parents inhabited. Our environmental wellbeing can be automated in advance, so when we arrive home we find the heating set to right temperature and rooms sufficiently lit.

 

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Smart Home - Integrating weather data

The functions of your building (light, shutters, and heating) need to be influenced based on the current weather. Depending on the weather data, various home functions are controlled automatically and weather warnings are being generated.

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Smart Home - Smart operation

The functions of a building (light, shutters, and heating) are to be operated from a central point with a Touch Panel. Lighting, shutters and heating are conveniently operated via the Touch Panel and you will always have an overview of your building.

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Smart Home - The introduction

Light, shutters, and heating are to be automated in a building with a controller. This application example explains how you can implement this with LOGO! 8.

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Time-controlled lighting

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Smart control of irrigation

This application example enables you to water up to five different zones automatically. If necessary, you can extend the number of zones as needed. You will always have a clear overview of your irrigation system.

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ZF incorporates wireless, batteryfree technology at new HQ

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Getting disparate Zigbee home automation systems on a common platform and local control.

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