• Home Automation & Security Systems

  • Home automation gives you access to control devices in your home from a mobile device anywhere in the world. The term may be used for isolated programmable devices, like thermostats and sprinkler systems, but home automation more accurately describes homes in which nearly everything -- lights, appliances, electrical outlets, heating and cooling systems -- are hooked up to a remotely controllable network. From a home security perspective, this also includes your alarm system, and all of the doors, windows, locks, smoke detectors, surveillance cameras and any other sensors that are linked to it.

  • Scenarios

    To better understand what a home automation system could do for you, the scenarios below, walk you though some typical benefits of the system. A lot of these scenarios can be achieved by disparate systems; remote controls and times-switches. However, they are awkward to setup & maintain. By installing a centralised home-automation hub, the lifestyle scenarios can be quickly programmed and configured, plus adapted easily as situations change & new technology becomes available.

  • Home lighting

    Normal Use, when in residence

    • Switch on light as you enter the room.
    • Switch off lights when the room is vacant.
    • Switch hallway & landing lights on when dark during the day.
    • Provide mood lighting control, both internally and in the garden.

    Away from Home

    • Switch on/off lights to make property look 'lived in'.

    Security

    • Get woken up at night, by suspicious noise: Switch on inside & outside lights remotely from bedside.
  • Home Security

    Normal Use, when in residence

    • Outhouses; garages & sheds monitored for forced entries & intrusions.
    • CCTV monitoring.
    • Monitor external doors for unexpected entry.
    • At bed time, protect & monitor downstairs & external doors+windows.
    • Sound fire alarms if smoke or fire is detected.
    • Switch on escape route lights.

    Away from Home

    • Property is monitored & protected from entry or damage.
    • Remote CCTV allows the property to be observed via a secure internet connection.
    • Home owner; key-holders and police can be contacted in the event of an intrusion.
    • Allow a friend entry, remotely via smart door locks.
    • Smoke & fire detection to automatically call the fire brigade & alert the home owner.

    Security

    • Get woken up at night, by suspicious noise: Switch on inside & outside lights remotely from bedside, and able to switch on sirens if an intruder is present. This is far safer and more effective, than confronting a burglar, who may be armed with a weapon.
    • If person(s) are seen damaging the property or vehicles, the outside siren can be activated to deter them from further aggression.
  • Home Climate Control

    Normal Use, when in residence

    • Maintain the home at a comfortable temperature, in all seasons.
    • Turn off heating in rooms not used, such as spare bedrooms.
    • Learn usage profile so that hot water & heating is optimally used.
    • Control humidity, so that dampness is never an issue and mold can never develop.
    • Automatic garden watering in the summer.
    • Control of garden water-features.

    Away from Home

    • Maintain a lower temperature, so that pipes could never freeze and furnishings are protected from excessive cold or heat.
    • Able to switch on heating & hot water remotely, such as returning from holiday.
    • Remote control of garden watering & feeding.

    Safety

    • Flooding or water ingress detected: Automatically switch on inside & outside lights & sound alarm to alert residents.
  • Miscellaneous Opportunities & Abilities
    • Remote observation & feeding of pets such as fish & cats.
    • Able to turn off TVs etc. when the room is unoccupied.
    • Monitor for flooding & switch off power and/or turn off the mains water.
  • As can be seen from these lifestyle scenarios, by installing a centralised home automation system, not only can the home can be made more comfortable, they can become safer and has the potential to save significant amounts of money by careful energy management. The system could pay for itself with the savings from reduced gas & electricity usage!

    Pazcat can design and install such systems for you today. Please contact for a no-obligation consultation at your home, where we can go though options for you and outline how a secure home automation system can benefit you.