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Z-Wave Alliance presents solutions for the 'Digital Home' at Light+Building 2012 (16/4/2012)
Digitalising intelligent buildings
The digitalised building is more comfortable, more secure and cheaper to run than ever before. Current developments in the field of home automation can be seen live by visitors to Light+Building in Frankfurt. The Z-Wave Alliance, which comprises specialists in energy efficient and secure home control systems, is the place to go. At joint stand C88 in Hall 9.0, Alliance members FAKRO, Sigma Designs, Aeon Labs, Eminent e-Domotica, Fujikom, Honeywell, Motion Control Systems, Square Connect, QEES and Zonoff are presenting their new products, ranging from integrated alarm systems and motor-operated applicances to universal remote controls and innovative home control systems. Z-Wave Alliance, as an open manufacturing consortium, offers people interested in a Smart Home diverse opportunities to digitalise their homes, and its wireless technology is the basis for countless devices by Alliance partners for the networked home or office. It enables a whole range of products from different manufacturers to be connected to each other and thus integrated into the home automation system.
Create a ‘Live Home’ with Sigma Designs and Zonoff
System developer Sigma Designs is presenting its newly developed Set Top Box (STB) which, together with the integrated Diplomat home automation software by Z-Wave Alliance member Zonoff, operates numerous home control devices. The Diplomat solution can be combined with Internet-connected home devices and thereby transforms the STB from a processor into a home control gateway. The software interface comprises an energy management system that passes on data regarding electricity consumption and all system warnings to the user. Furthermore, the interconnected devices can be centrally controlled by residents via a software user interface. If monitoring cameras are also integrated, users can watch these via the Internet using the live overlay video software. This allows users to safely monitor their buildings at any time of the day or night.
Buildings with Eminent e-Domotica online monitoring
The Dutch manufacturer Eminent presents its new version of the all-in-one home automation solution, e-Domotica. The Starter Kit includes an e-Centre 2 touchscreen, a control switch with power metering, a switch for lights, an Internet camera, a motion sensor and a smoke detector. They are all linked via wireless Z-Wave. The e-Centre 2 is the control centre. Here the user is able to configure three different home control scenes via a touch pad. Users can create a comfortable atmosphere with the aid of lighting and device settings by using the “at home” scene, while with the “night” scene they can automatically switch off all devices at the touch of a button, thereby preventing unnecessary energy consumption. In addition, in the event of a break-in or fire, the incident is recorded by the integrated motion and smoke detectors and residents are informed by e-mail, SMS or a phone call from the e-Centre 2, thus enabling them; to react as quickly as possible. The interconnected power metering allows users to continuously monitor their energy consumption.
Motion Control “moves” the home network
The US system developer Motion Control is a company renowned for tubular engines. At Light+Building the manufacturer is presenting its motor-operated roller shutters, Venetian blinds, awnings and even screens for the home cinema experience, etc. The motors connected to the home network devices need only be plugged in and integrated into the Z-Wave network. This way, for example, the interconnected roller shutters and blinds can be optimally positioned via electronic encoding according to the position of the sun, ensuring ideal protection from UV rays. Additionally, residents can conjure up the cinema experience in their homes at the touch of a button using motorised movie screens by Motion Control, and then store them away again when they want.
Square Connect: Home control for every size of building
Square Connect Inc. is presenting its newly developed system; SQ Home. Using Z-Wave wireless technology for home automation and energy management, the solution from Square Connect also controls all infrared (IR) devices in the Smart Home including TV systems, Blu-ray players and air-conditioning units. It is simple to connect to the home network and can be optimally placed in the home thanks to its Wi-Fi capabilities. The system has four addressable IR connections, which connect up to 24 IR controlled devices with one unit, as well as internal IR emitters. Ideal in smaller homes and apartments, it is also scalable for larger installations. SQ Home boasts a slim-line low-profile design, and offers control via smart phone, table (Android and iOS) as well as on PCs and Macs.
The other Z-Wave Alliance partners FAKRO, Aeon Labs, Fujikom, Honeywell and QEES are also presenting their energy-efficient new products at Stand C88 in Hall 9.0 at Light+Building as well as at the Stand for Alliance member WINTOP.
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