What is Home Automation (HA)?
I've been puzzled as to how to properly answer this question for years. I know what HA means to me as I use it in my home. But how do you explain it to someone that has no idea what HA is? Well the folks on Wikipedia have done a very good job of explaining HA and I've expanded it a bit further. Here's my definition:
Home Automation (or Domotics) is automation specific to the requirements of private residences. It applies techniques for the comfort, security, entertainment and communications needs of it's residents. In simplest terms it is control and monitoring of devices and information.
I define private residences as a house, condominium, town home (row house) or apartment. It does not include things like a hotel room or suite. I should probably change residents to residents and guests. I think I've include all the major topics in the above paragraph with information falling under communications. Here are some examples:
- Lighting and appliance control
- Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
- Energy/Resource management
- security and access control (SAC)
- Doors and windows control and monitoring
- fire alarm (FA), fire, life, and safety (FLS)
- CO alarm
- Flood/Water Alarm
- Thunderstorm/Tornado/Weather warning
- communications (voice and data)
- Entertainment control
- information processing
All of this material will be posted to my web site and to a work in progress for Mr. House called Complete Home Control with Mr. House. Since I just put together a presentation for the a few Linux User Groups I've gotten more interested in putting some more work into the above 'ebook' (for lack ! of a bet ter term).