Products of the Year: Integrated security and home automation system

December 2001 Residential Estate (Industry)

ClickOn Technology's most innovative product for 2001 is its Remote Commander, an integrated security and home automation system with built-in cellular communications.

The unit can be linked to lights, gates, electric locks, sprinklers and other appliances for convenience, energy saving, and as an extension of the security system, and has built-in alarm, communications and timer functionality. The Remote Commander has four wired inputs, two relay outputs and up to 100 wireless inputs and outputs, all fully programmable, catering for most end-user requirements. The PC utility RCOM Central, which is available free of charge, makes programming and maintaining the system easy, caters for dial-up connectivity to a Remote Commander, which saves on maintenance call-outs and allows for remote configuration of the system.

Eighteen individual groups can be configured on the unit and each group can be enabled or disabled independently. Up to 150 events, timed or triggered, can then be programmed and assigned to a group of choice. Wireless ClickOn devices can be situated from 35 m up to 100 m away from the Remote Commander.

Furthermore, the Remote Commander enables access to the ClickOn system from any cellular phone. It has a built-in cellular interface, which provides remote control of any ClickOn device, by means of SMS. The system can be armed, disarmed and configured via SMS. For example, a light, or groups of lights, can now be switched on at a specific brightness for a specified time, by sending a single SMS message to the Remote Commander. SMS event reporting, whether it be alarm or power failure, can be programmed to be destined for the system owner and/or a community of up to 50 cellular phone destinations. These cellular phone destinations can be that of neighbours, emergency services or any entity that should be notified of an event.

Case study

The following project was commissioned in one day at farmer Basie Basson's chicken hatchery in the Ermelo district utilising the Remote Commander:

1. An alarm system at his house that could notify him, his wife and some neighbouring farmers of alarm events, panics and power failures on their cellular phones.

2. A similar alarm system at his chicken hatchery 1 km away from his house.

3. SMS notification to a select group of neighbours when he arms or disarms the house alarm to indicate to them the occupancy status of his house.

4. SMS notification to all neighbouring farms for alarm events and panic.

5. SMS notification to his electrician on power failures only when his system is armed.

6. Automated gate control from his house to the chicken hatchery and vice versa.

7. Remote lighting control at the hatchery from his house.

8. Timed lighting control at the house and hatchery.

9. Alarm activated lighting control at the house and hatchery.

10. Both systems had to be interfaced with the surrounding electric fences.

11. The ability to configure the system himself, especially the SMS reporting events and their destinations.

For further details contact Jaco van der Merwe, ClickOn Technology on tel: (012) 803 4962.

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