QUALITY ASSURANCE & INVESTMENT PROTECTION
The quality of the smart home installation and the method by which is has been installed must be of a high standard as it has a direct impact on the home occupants. The system should be installed and configured in a manner which clearly demonstrates the value added benefits to the Client. This ensures that confidence levels are maintained and expectations are met given the financial investment that has been made in adopting a smart home scheme. A poorly installed system will lead to an unhappy and dissatisfied customer and ultimately can have a negative effect on the market as a whole as bad news travels fast.
IPT Design take great pride in playing our part in being involved with the evolving UK smart home market and understand our responsibility in ensuring best practice is maintained. We truly believe a smart and eco friendly home has many benefits to offer the Homeowner and environment in general.
What's in a Smart Home
A Smart Home would include a range/combination of systems/sub-systems that would inter-connect and communicate to create the ease of overall User 'command and home control.
Residential Structured Cabling System - RSCS
Forming the fabric of the installation, a premise wide cabling system would be installed to accommodate all of the audio, visual, voice, data and control signals throughout the property . For maximum flexibility, most of the cabling would emanate from a central position often referred to as the wiring hub, boot room or distribution centre. From here, the cables would route to the required end service points such as a speaker, PC telephone, source/display component or control point position.
Along with the cabling system, the home network is a key element of your smart home installation and can serve a number of important functions. This includes inter-system communications, audio and video conferencing, Internet access, digital content management and transfer, virtual private network to your place of work to name a few. The need for a robust home network to ensure the integrity of the voice and data communications is endless.
Central Management System - CMS
The central management system provides the interface and connectivity between the User controls and the connected sub-systems and source components such as the multi-room audio system, home cinema system, video distribution system, lighting system, security system, etc. It acts like the 'gel' of the smart home relaying commands from the User controls to the sub-system/s or indeed between sub- systems. This being instigated on a real or scheduled time basis.
Touch-screens, personal computers, laptops, tablets, push-button keypads, conventional switches and mobile phones. The smart home functionality can be provided by a range of easy to use, intuitive and convenient wired or wireless controls.
Multi-Room Audio Distribution
Enables the simultaneous distribution of audio streams e.g. from a CD player, tuner, digital hard drive MP3 music server or other source component to any room in the home, selecting what music goes where and how loudly it is played. The function will often be inter-related with the video distribution where required.
Whole Premise Video Distribution
Enables the distribution of satellite, cable, video, DVD, CCTV and terrestrial TV signals throughout the home allowing family members to watch different channels simultaneously from their chosen location such as a bedroom, living room and home office.
All required lighting circuits connect to a central system. This enables you to create lighting scenes associated with a single room, multiple rooms or the whole property. These can be implemented at a touch of a button or if required automated on a time schedule or event basis. Benefits such as cost savings through energy management and enhanced security can be achieved through the implementation of an appropriate system.
Some home security elements such as an intruder alarm, panic alarm, smoke alarm, halogen security lighting etc would be regarded as the 'norm.' However, other features can be incorporated to enhance the level of security for the property such as, gas & water leak detection, digital CCTV local/remote monitoring via the Internet, alarm notification via SMS text messaging, voice messaging, email, security lighting etc. Once all of these elements are introduced as part of the overall smart home scheme, it ensures that the benefits of all related security elements can be utilised to their best affect by the home owner in a very simple fashion.
Electro Mechanical Devices
To save time and effort and enhance the level of convenience, curtains, blinds, drapes, awnings, gates, gas/water on/off valves, projection screens, etc can be automated as and when required in conjunction with other command sequences.