The evolution of the home network is a fascinating story. The home network started out connecting our PC/Macs and media services to the Internet and then started connecting the array of security and home monitoring devices. This constant expansion of the home network and intelligent home appliances have spawned a new field called “Intelligent Buildings.” Many architects and builders are more familiar with the term BAS (Building Automation System), although a strict definition of BAS classifies it as a subset of “Intelligent Buildings.”
An intelligent building is a network of routers, switches, computers, smart appliances, smart media devices, smart security devices, smart lighting controllers, smart water systems, and smart heating controllers. The central control system monitors and regulates the subsystems to achieve dramatic improvements in efficiency. There are numerous studies that prove the financial gains and paybacks from a properly designed intelligent home. Just because you are not building a new home and do not have the opportunity to create a unified intelligent home, you may start by first installing a proper network and then slowly adding the additional intelligent home devices. A well designed intelligent home may be remotely monitored and controlled from any Internet connection.
If this all seems like too much technology, then think back to a time when we did not have modern plumbing systems and how complex it seemed to add pipes, water heaters, ventilation, and sewage systems. At some point these technologies evolve to a point of sophistication where they are simply taken for granted. Well, we are really close to that point with intelligent homes.
Businesses like AlliedFireAndSecurity have trained technologist that can teach you how to slowly and economically start down a path towards your intelligent home. You need the advice of a real expert to help you create a unified and well-structured development plan.
Over the next few months we will continue to talk about the intelligent home and its subsystems.