What is Home Automation?Home Automation is different technologies working together to deliver advanced features in a simplified manner. Home automation systems integrate electrical devices – such as lighting, security, and heating and cooling systems – with one another to be easily controlled via remote control or mobile device. Home automation and control systems offer tremendous benefits of convenience, cost, and timesaving’s. Seamless IntegrationA typical home has many systems in it. These can include whole house music, intercom, distributed audio/video, networking, security, lighting control, heating, and cooling systems, cameras, and more. A home automation system ties all of these systems together so you can interface with them from one point of contact. Simplicity and SecurityWith custom programming, you can automate all kinds of things to make your life simpler and make your home a safer place. For example, custom programming can allow events to happen based upon other events. A fire code from the alarm system can cause the home automation system to tell the lighting system to flash your exterior lights so your house is easy for emergency personnel to find. The fun of custom programming comes when you are ready to relax or entertain and pressing one button starts a whole sequence of events. For instance, setting lighting scenes, starting music in the appropriate rooms, and telling landscape lights to stay on late since you’re having a party. Complete ConvenienceA complete home automation system includes and communicates with all of the subsystems mentioned above. Any single subsystem can operate independently in a well-designed automation system. By using wireless touch panels, wall-mounted touch panels or keypads, and even iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, you tell your home automation system how to control all of your subsystems. Designing an automation system that meets your needs is a process of discovering how you will use your home and what is important to you.