Smart homes

May 2007 Residential Estate (Industry)

ADI is a well-established and successful distributor in North America with over 100 branch locations. As a 'one-stop' strategic distribution business, ADI offers a comprehensive, awarding-winning product portfolio that addresses CCTV, intrusion, access control, fire detection, sound and communication, home automation, voice and data, hardware and HVAC systems. ADI International supplies all products into the market through an extensive network of business partners across South Africa with the backing of high-level pre- and post-sales services.

ADI International South Africa will be distributing and supporting the home automation range C-Bus Control and Management System from Clipsal. Official launch dates will be released in May. Certified training will be offered by ADI on the C-Bus range including the new wireless range. Clipsal is a well established international brand with a wide range of products of the highest quality and standards. Home automation not only provides the 'Smart Home' concept of comfort and integration of devices such audio, CCTV, controlling of electrical devices and web access but also provides energy management, which brings great savings on electricity. Once the cost saving is realised, home automation becomes a long-term investment.

What is a 'smart home'?

We live in a world of convenience. Motorised garage doors, keyless entry and electric windows on our cars, remote control TVs, DVD players and airconditioners, even microwave ovens and dishwashers. Not a day goes by when 'smart' technology is not relied on to make life easier.

So what about the rest of the house? How often does one turn off a bedside lamp only to realise a light has been left on somewhere else in the house, or pressed 'play' on the DVD remote only to get up again and dim the lights? Or worse still... arrived at work and wonder "did I turn the iron off?" With Clipsal C-Bus Wireless - a home can be turned into a smart home, automating the whole home or individual rooms. The automation can be added to as needs change and the best news is it is very affordable! With C-Bus Wireless, a user can start with just one room and add to it piece by piece. An electrician simply replaces the normal light switches with C-Bus Wireless light switches so the smart home can grow as the user's lifestyle changes.

Building an outdoor entertaining area? Add a C-Bus Wireless light switch to the patio light, plug adaptors for garden lights, spa pumps and water features and the whole lot can be controlled at the press of one button and even operate it by remote control.

All of the switches and plug adaptors 'talk' to each other the same way as a garage door opener. This means the push of one button can enable several lights and lamps to turn on at various levels.

Two-way and three-way switching can also be set up, so any light can be turned on or off from any switch, anywhere in the house. For instance, a kitchen light can now be turned on and off from lounge room light switch, as well as the family room light switch. And the best part is that the set-up can be changed at any time.

For more information contact ADI International, +27 (0)11 574 2525,

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