Domotics: On the tip of your finger

Formerly reserved for a small elite, domotics is arriving in an increasing number of houses, and aboard yachts. Here’s a look at this technology that makes our lives much easier.
 
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An intelligent house does not exist … “Domotics make a house obedient, simple and intuitive but not intelligent!, states Anaïs Dubois and Emmanuel Jacques from Architecture Visuelle et Sonore. Its design however will be intelligent and enables greater comfort, security, saving of energy and adapts to the needs of its future users”. Ideally, it’s best to incorporate it during the construction or renovation since the electric cables for the electricity circuits, electric shutters, alarm and thermo-regulators are then placed according to specific needs.

Professionals remain unanimous on the subject as far as domotics is concerned: that it is always the user who gives the orders: opening and closing of the shutters, garage doors, gates, turning on and off of lights, activating presence detectors, alarms, turning on the TV, stereo, oven …
 
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“All these automatic functions can be independent of each other depending on the wishes of the client”, states Olivier Caron from Domo-Lumidis. But they must all be capable of communicating amongst themselves. In your home, we suggest tablets and touch screens. “But standard switches should not be forgotten to enable an independent usage from room to room”. From a distance, multiple functions are available via a touch tablet, a smartphone or even a computer, notably for video surveillance, heating/air conditioning and lighting. An evolving system will enable clients to modify functions that adapt to their changing lifestyle.

Domotics is also a means to save money. Indeed it is one of its major advantages. To be able to regulate heating when far from home, or for security purposes. Presence and movement detectors in addition to alarms serve as an excellent means to prevent intrusions. Price-wise, whether for a house or yacht, it is very difficult to evaluate because of the vast variety of possibilities. However, one thing is certain, domotics remains more expensive than traditional installations, but the comfort and peace of mind that it affords is certainly an inestimable asset.
 
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