Cybernetics is an integral part of home automation, as it can involve controlling a large network of sensors and actuators. The most common setup is an integrated multimedia AV system throughout the home. This usually involves a range of displays, speakers, and touchscreen panels being controlled by a central computer system. The user of such a system would be able to control all their audio video hardware , such as satellite TV, from anywhere in the house. Media oriented systems often include a large hard disk storage device so that thousands of music tracks or movies can be accessed at the touch of a button.
Advanced Smart Home Systems
Advanced smart home systems can include integrated security and video surveillance that can be controlled or viewed from around the home. With recent advances in technology it is possible to use your mobile phone to check on your house whilst you are at work or away on holiday. 3G mobile phones can receive streaming video from your home security systems as well as use the internet to send and received information for lighting, or door access control.
A fully automated smart home would need a lot of wiring for connecting and powering the large number of devices involved. It is becoming increasingly common for new homes to be built with extra wiring for computer networks and satellite TV. Some even come equipped with integrated control panels, speakers, or screens. Specialist companies use teams of ‘digital plumbers’ to install the extra equipment or wiring, and can customize the whole system to meet the needs of the customer.
Mobile Robot Technology
Mobile Robot Technology can also be integrated with the automation systems built into a home . There are several commercially available robots for the home. These are generally vacuum cleaners or lawn mowers, but more advanced robots, such as security bots, are becoming increasingly common.
Biometric Solutions can be implemented as a replacement for keys or passwords in security systems. Biometrics makes use of the unique biological properties of individuals. This could include such things a fingerprints, DNA, iris patterns, and voice patterns. This type of technology is becoming increasingly popular as the price gradually falls and the security of such systems increases. Biometric or fingerprint mice are now available for your PC for around £40. These can simply replace your existing username and password, allowing you to log in by placing your finger on the scanning pad. These low cost systems are fine for home use, but are not 100% secure. This means that a more expensive system must be implemented if it is to give full protection.
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