By Jamie Gilmore
Intelligent Home System Integrator
One thing we get asked a lot here at Intelligent Home is “what’s the difference between automation and integration?”. These days everyone is out there showing of their latest ‘automation’ products which at the core are really just devices that can be controlled by an app. Once you end up with a few of these around the house – think Sonos, Philips Hue, Ring, Chromecast, CCTV, Alarm system, Apple TV – what you have is a multitude of apps all over your phone or tablet, each controlling one thing. Really this is no different to the not-so-distant past when you had different remote controls on your coffee table for all your devices – TV, DVD, VCR, Stereo, Foxtel and so on.
Integration is as the name suggests, integrating these multiple services into 1 easy to access and easy to control interface – be it an app or a remote control. Control4 offers a great all-in-one-place interface for controlling your lights, security, audio-visual entertainment, climate control and more all from a remote, a touch screen or a smart phone/tablet.
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You’ve moved house and now your old 40” TV just doesn’t cut it anymore. What you'd really like is a bigger wall mounted TV and to somehow make those cables disappear. One of our customers recently purchased an existing home that featured a beautiful floating cabinet in the living area. Unfortunately their existing TV and power points were located in an awkward position, away from the TV. This meant that their 40” Samsung TV was tabletop mounted with cables tracing the outside of the cabinet to the connection points. Our customer then asked us one of our most frequently asked questions, “How can I wall mount my new TV and make the cables invisible?”.
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At Webb & Brown-Neaves, innovation is at the forefront of everything we do. We work with our major supplier of smart home technology, Intelligent Home, on almost all our builds, to ensure our homes reflect the latest in home comforts and meet the level of standard expected from our clients. We spoke with Jamie Gilmore, System Integrator at Intelligent Home, about smart home technology and its predicted development in the future. "Often the biggest concern for people with technology is the learning curve. Smart home platforms remove the learning curve because regardless of make or model, all devices are controlled the same way from a single, uniform interface," he said.