Smart Home Automation

Building Automation

In the modern world, the “smart” concept have taken over almost all aspects of life. And why not? The concept of a smart home is much in tune with the requirements of the contemporary homes. Imagine being able to control the security of your house when you are away on a vacation! You can track unwanted movements without being available or have the system send alerts to the officials about break in’s. What about when you are at home? The “smart home” concept comes with many systems that can manage the heat, light, ventilation, communication and the entertainment units at your house. An efficient building automation system will not only help you reduce energy consumption but also help lower operating costs.


Understand HOW BUILDING AUTOMATION WORKS and how control systems help

A series of interconnected, centralized networks of software and related hardware are the basis of Building Automation Systems (BAS). The systems work to control and monitor the atmosphere of a building facility, whether it is commercial, residential, institutional or industrial. The system ensures that the building’s operational performance is optimum together with taking into consideration the security and comfort features that are important to the people residing in the building.

It is in trend to adopt an automation system in the new and upcoming properties but because of its manifold benefits, people who are renovating also add the system as a feature to their properties.


TERMINOLOGY that you need to know

The terminology that will help you get through the building automation process is listed below:

  • Building Automation System (BAS) is also referred to as BACS or Building Automation and Control Systems.BCS is an abbreviation for     Building Control System and BMS stands for Building Management System.
  • The hardware devices that regulate the system are known as “Controls” You can work a particular equipment with the use of its    controller….in concept this is the same as using a remote control to change the channel on the television.
  • The Direct Digital Control (DDC) is the method of communication and control that totally constitute the automation system. It    includes the hardware and software which is used for home automation.
  • Home automation which is focused on reduction of energy use is called the Energy Management System (EMS). Energy Management    and Control System (EMCS) is the same as EMS.
  • HVAC - Heating, ventilation and Air Conditioning systems
  • MEP – Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing systems.
  • Smart Home or Smart Building are referred to the properties that have an automation system that records data and uses it in its    operations.

What can be Control in the Home automation system?



The monitoring and control of lighting is an easily installed feature. You can have sensors installed that switch the lights on upon movement rather than using switches. For example – small floor lights can be controlled on the path to the washroom at night so that your partner is not disturbed.

What can be Control in the Home automation system?

Building automation is not restricted to the above though. It also includes the following:

  • Card and keypad access
  • Close circuit video (CCTV)
  • Elevators/escalators
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Plumbing and water monitoring
  • Power monitoring
  • Security

WHY Automate?

When your home automation is well designed, has sturdy installation and is well programmed then you can reap the following benefits:

  • Provides a great enhancement to your home and the living standard.
  • You can get a better green star rating for your property with a good EMS.
  • Overall gives your home a better, richer and more comfortable feel.
  • More security features and efficient usage of resources optimizes the home power consumption.
  • Enhances the re-sale value of your property by manifolds.

How will your AUTOMATED HOUSE LOOK?

Home automation is almost entirely in the background with the wiring and the hardware well concealed in the house. The control devices and certain hardware will be the only visible aspects. In summary, the home automation system provides the house with a modern, well equipped and contemporary look. The feeling is of a safe and comfortable environment where requirements are thought of in advance. Heavy personalization means that you can choose the level of energy consumption or safety features. In the long run, home automation is capable of saving money since it provides return on investment with every comfort and security feature.

Here is a generalized view of a BAS:


WHO INSTALLS and provides BAS servicing?

Control and mechanical contractors are hired to install the system integrators. Depending upon the level of automation work, there may be a control division required. Electrical contractors take up home automation work too. When the systems are installed then the in-house staff can be trained to ensure that the operation is smooth.

Professionals from Nexhom provide several packages that suit every requirement of the customer without having to search for individual contractors. You can get regular service from the professionals who can help train your in-house staff too.

Nexhom are expert in following Building Automation Systems and are Accredited Members of the respective fields. The links will give you details about the type of system.

  • Clipsal C-Bus System - http://www2.clipsal.com/cis/technical/product_groups/cbus
  • Philips Dynalite System - http://www.lighting.philips.com/main/subsites/dynalite/
  • KNX System - http://www.knx.org.au/
  • Leviton System - http://www.leviton.com/OA_HTML/Home.jsp?minisite=10251&respid=22372
  • Inner Range Control and Security Systems - http://www.innerrange.com/

With Nexhom you can integrate multiple systems and not have to worry about how to connect one with the other. We provide Complete solution including Design, Installation, Programming, Maintenance sales & Support.

Current TRENDS

The trends have been known to change in this market with the requirements for automation and the available change in technology. Below are some of the influential automation trends:

  • Wired systems are now replaced with wireless technology. WiFi and Bluetooth connect the communication and sensors help    manage several types of automations. Although, a complete wireless package is still not available, almost all of it is well hid in the    house.
  • There are bridging strategies that can connect pneumatic devices to DDCs. These help renovate old, automated homes.
  • Mounting controls come in ready to use equipment.
  • Change in hardware and software requirements are amplified by energy-related illustrations.
  • Hiring a team to work on all requirements is much quicker and cheaper than individual contracting. BAS manufacturers are    consolidating to standardize the products too.

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