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Residential Security Handbook 2022: Smart Estate Living Residential Estate (Industry), Products, Smart Home Automation

Housebreaking has been identified by authorities as the number one crime in South Africa. And as burglaries continue to rise throughout the country, homeowners are looking for effective and affordable ways to improve security. It now requires more than burglar bars, an alarm system, caring neighbours and a ‘beware of the dog’ sign, to protect a home from intruders.


Netatmo window and door sensor.

Legrand’s home automation team works closely with local designers, installers and homeowners to provide reliable security solutions for connected homes that greatly reduce the risk of crime.

Legrand’s flexible Arteor with Netatmo home automation system is accessible, affordable and easy to use. A combination of connected switches and socket outlets has been developed to enhance safety and convenience in the home and to also improve energy efficiency.

Legrand’s flexible system offers the freedom to create a smart, customised home by linking controls and features, to manage scenarios, create centralised functions and allow remote control of individual functions, from anywhere in the world, to suit exact requirements.

Wireless home automation

Arteor with Netatmo, part of Legrand’s ELIOT programme, is a radio technology and Wi-Fi enabled solution that simplifies usage, by making complex functions in home automation easy to use. Intelligent products in the installation communicate with one another via ZigBee, which means there is no need for complicated cabling.

For user convenience, this smart system integrates easily into existing installations, requiring no additional wiring, as it uses the current electrical infrastructure. Selected scenarios can be modified and upgraded at any time and with wireless switches, users have their controls exactly where they want them.

By using Legrand’s Home + Control app, users have everything under control and stay connected with their home, no matter where they are in the world. At home, by using voice commands, the installation can be managed without having to lift a finger.

Arteor with Netatmo offers peace of mind by creating central control of lights, curtains and roller blinds and simulating a presence when no one is at home.

A full home solution

Legrand’s smart Netatmo indoor and outdoor security system – which is easy to install, configure and manage –comprises security cameras, alarms, window and door sensors, as well as sirens and smoke alarms. With this reliable security system, users are alerted wherever they are, via the Netatmo app.


Netatmo smart outdoor camera.

Smart outdoor and indoor cameras provide real-time notifications, in the event of a person or vehicle trespassing on a property. Netatmo cameras can be programmed to communicate only useful alerts with the highly accurate Alert-Zones feature and precise notification parameters. With this system, there is no annoyance of false alarms. These outdoor cameras are equipped with an integrated smart lighting system that provides the convenience of light at night, which also deters intruders.

Smart indoor cameras, with a facial recognition facility, provide real-time intruder alerts if an unfamiliar person is filmed entering the home. To protect a family’s privacy, the facial recognition feature is used to pre-record familiar faces and to disable notifications and video recordings of them. These indoor cameras can also be programmed to offer additional protection in an emergency. This system provides a real-time alert if a fire alarm, smoke detector, or safety siren goes off, enabling immediate action to be taken, again from anywhere in the world.

Specially designed accessories include smart door and window sensors, designed to offer further protection at home. Sensors operate in conjunction with indoor cameras, by detecting vibrations, or a door or window being opened. An immediate alert is sent to a smartphone, saving valuable time in the event of an attempted break-in. A quick glance at the app will indicate if a home’s doors and windows are open or shut – an important feature for safety and peace of mind.


Netatmo indoor camera and siren.

For added protection, Legrand specialists recommend the installation of a Netatmo smart indoor siren that operates in conjunction with the indoor camera. The indoor siren automatically sounds a loud 110-decibel alarm when the indoor camera detects an intruder. This system has an automatic arm and disarm facility, which is easy to set up and operate.

In the event of a power failure, fire alarm signal or safety siren while users are away, the app gives an automatic alert to the smartphone, so appropriate action can be taken.


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