So you're starting to hear the buzz about "home automation," but what does that even mean? Well, it has a lot to do with home security, but it actually represents a much larger revolution too. Basically, it means that every existing electronic device in your home/office building/whatever-- such as heating/air, lights, garage doors, coffee makers, lawn watering systems... down to the last outlet can now be controlled and monitored from your smart phone, tablet, work computer- wherever you have Internet.
The use of this technology is snowballing. According to an ABI research study, shipments of home automation systems will increase from 1.8 million units in 2011 to 12 million units in 20161. Many of these systems use a new technology called Z-Wave, which is wireless like Wi-Fi but is specifically designed to be used in products such as smoke alarms, motion sensors, and thermostats. These products can be set up to respond automatically to preset conditions or to manual controls.
What this means for the security industry is that your mobile device can now let you know via your Z-Wave enabled home security system when your child gets home from school, and your Z-Wave connected lights can turn themselves on and off at certain times during your vacation to fool potential intruders.
Now that you know the incredible applications of this new technology, why should you choose APS to help you get on board? Unlike the large telecoms, APS has an established history of deploying home security systems —something companies which are used to simply providing Internet and phone service will have to adapt to or outsource. APS is in a unique position to provide experienced installers, local monitoring, and unparalleled customer support. Contact us today to find out more about home automation and how APS can help.