From doors to electrical and electronic items within a home, all can be remote controlled

Home automation has always been a concept associated with opulence, a facility only the wealthy can afford. Indeed, many a house has assumed the high-end tag merely by adopting an extensive range of automation solutions that literally transform not just security of the place but also its lifestyle.

Interestingly, this lifestyle product is no more confined to the choice few but available in all its multiple options to even the less opulent customer. Thus, the not-so-wealthy household, by a mere touch of the control panel or through directives from the mobile phone, can manage the security of the residence or control the electrical and electronic items within.

For instance, where home automation solutions are sought to address entrance management, options such as control of front doors, French windows, and rear doors can be configured such that their opening or closing is remotely controlled and activated. Even a video log of who enters through these doors can be kept for remote monitoring, not just through the control panel but even through the mobile phone. To ensure security, access to control through a mobile is restricted by password.

Electronic gadgets such as the television, air conditioners, music systems, and even the lighting elements in the interiors as well as the exteriors can all be controlled remotely. These can also be programmed to switch on and switch off. This programming is not only confined to electrical and electronic gadgets, but even to window blinds that would shut and open at specific times of the day.

The options

Options such as dimming of lights, setting them to suit functions such as reading or watching television or even to suit a party or a romantic mood can be keyed into the system and programmed to operate. In the same vein, besides placing motion sensors in specific areas to control lighting, there can also be motion sensors to turn the music on in a room.

Safety aspects such as a gas leak in the kitchen can be successfully addressed by placing sensors that would get activated and automatically turn off the supply on detecting a leak. Similar safety solutions can be extended to address sick and old people who may be forced to stay alone. Gadgets to set off the alarm in case of a fall or emergency can be tuned in with the mobile phones to facilitate immediate care.

Says Giri Krishna, CEO, Silvan Innovation Labs, “The options available are immense, restricted only by the requirement.

But these facilities are offered at affordable rates to suit varied budgets. Besides, home automation need not be extended to the entire house, but can be used to address specific rooms or functions where the need is felt.”


According to Mr. Krishna, the affordability element comes in because of the offer of software solutions instead of teaming it with hardware. “The software home automation solutions that we have on offer can be loaded on to any hardware.

This makes the system an affordable option besides bringing in multiple functions into its fold. Currently, the solutions on offer in the market are teamed with specific hardware which makes it out of reach for many.”

The possibility of opting for individual home automation solutions to meet specific needs also adds to the affordability factor. Thus, “if only security and safety are to be addressed, the cost of the solution would be very small.”

“An important aspect addressed is not eliminating the use of specific brands or gadgets for use of home automation solutions.

Besides, the introduction of home automation solutions does not negate manual handling of controls,” says Mr. Krishna.

Thus, the solutions on offer could be configured to any brand and also facilitate manual operation of controls for those who may shy away from a sophisticated touch panel.

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Home automation need not be extended to the entire house, but can be used to address specific rooms or functions where the need is felt