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Use of iRidium for systems management of automation based on the Z-Wave protocol

1 year, 3 months ago
The current software version for systems of automation iRidium allows to create convenient and multifunction control bars with support of a wide range of controllers and other equipment. For direct interaction with devices the solution uses system of external drivers and TCP/IP as the basic protocol. In this article we will get acquainted with interfaces for work with Z-Wave controllers from Fibaro and Z-Way.



Use of a linking of iRidium with these devices can be rather useful in some situations. In particular, in need of consolidation of control of controllers of different standards, in large projects for creation of specialized points of control, and also at desire to be selected with design of a control bar.

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One more view of safety of the Internet of things

1 year, 3 months ago
The Internet of Things market is today, perhaps, one of the most attractive to technology investments. Of course, it is worth realizing that in many respects its excessive activity is far-fetched and, besides, in reality similar technologies surround us for a long time. In certain cases, IoT perceive and as the beautiful combination of letters promising to turn your project collected on a knee into a lump sum on the bank account. Let's not go into details from the point of view of economy of this process, we will note only that the majority of expectations of investors is based on beautiful digits of forecasts of size of the market of years through five-ten. One of options looks as "15 billion devices this year – 200 billion devices in five years". How here not to be glad for growth rates … Unfortunately, similar forecasts are seldom close to truth and the set of factors, part from which we cannot even foresee now, exert impact on real succession of events.



However there is one question which occupies minds of developers, vendors and ultimate users of products of information technologies not one decade – safety. Today, when the number of "smart" devices in terms of one user significantly grew, he becomes even more important. It is possible to find a set of information on this subject in a network, but, as they say, "Safety does not happen much", and we hope that this material will appear to our useful readers.

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Innovations of an exhibition of household innovations of CES 2015

1 year, 3 months ago
CES, or Consumer Electronics Show – taking place in Las Vegas, the State of Nevada, a trade exhibition of innovations of the technology world. Exactly here in different years the videorecorder, the sound card, the netbook and devices for the Android were for the first time provided. Here vendors from around the world annually show what they are capable of. The next exhibition will take place on January 6-9, 2016, and in the run-up to this event we decided to remember what products and technologies for the smart house became favourites of the expiring year.


The sensor for Edyn plants – a component of an ecosystem of the smart house

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We design the smart house: what options for communication of different devices among themselves are?

1 year, 3 months ago
Already some time of technology allow to manage the house from the smartphone or the tablet. In the last several years the flood of different devices fell upon the western markets, and at the same time the considerable part of them allows to collect DIY the smart house without possessing at the same time engineering education. If you decide on it, you will need to think over at first as you will integrate devices, i.e. to think over design of future system, otherwise you will simply walk smack.

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As the design and smart technologies are combined

1 year, 3 months ago
What features of smart technologies are used by architects and designers during creation of the projects? It can be as the complex ideas integrated by a common goal – for example, creation of the "green" house, and separate design solutions for target rooms. Today we will tell how in your house technologies, architecture and an interior meet.

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System of house automation on the basis of electronic components, available at the price — whether it is real?

1 year, 3 months ago
Perhaps, one of the most essential factors which are not allowing the market of systems of house automation to reach impressive indicators of growth is the cost of solutions. And it is observed even if to consider DIY products, but not professional options based on KNX and other technologies which in addition demand projects, installers, the wiring, the contract for maintenance and other costs.

It is quite possible that this results from the fact that vendors of these products according to numerous analytical reports see high interest in this segment and at a stage of growth try to ensure a financial support for investments into development, and also want "to skim off the cream" from those consumers who consider them as alternative traditional, usually more expensive, to solutions.
Along with it in the market we can observe emergence of new standards and protocols for the systems of automation, and also attempt of adaptation existing (for example, the DECT and Bluetooth) to this task. It is more and more central nodes – controllers declare a multiplatformennost and a multiprotokolnost in the characteristics. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to ensure in practice real and convenient functioning "from a box" with all attendee at the market the equipment. So from a certain point of view development of the situation does not inspire optimism – the prices of the certified and licensed equipment remain high, and distribution of "unnamed" products restrains their doubtful consumer characteristics and compatibility. Usual "and it is possible to purchase everything in celestial for three rubles" here works already not so effectively.

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The overview of the best gadgets for the smart house 2015

1 year, 3 months ago
The Tom's Guide log (the former Gear Digest) which since 2007 tests devices including for smart houses, made a rating of the products best in their opinion for smart houses in 2015.


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Modern version multirum solutions

1 year, 3 months ago
It is no secret that implementation of work with a multimedia content is in installations of systems of automation on one of the first places along with light and climate. At the same time the most essential characteristic often is convenience of management as the ultimate user will deal with it.

Traditional solutions for projects with several rooms (multirum) are usually implemented according to the scheme with one central node and wiring of the selected cables in each point where it is necessary to implement an output of video and/or a sound. Feature of such approach is the possibility of work via the uniform switch of signals, simplicity of adding of new sources, support of "transfer" of content between points in the course of playing, a possibility of use of any types of the equipment. However there are also minuses, the most essential of which – complexity of adding of new points of viewing, high cost of laying of cables, essential value increase at expansion of system, complexity of introduction of new standards on signal quality. Of course, it would be incorrect to say that such scenario became obsolete, but that now it should be taken into account also other options, especially if the speech about inexpensive projects, does not raise doubts.

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SmartThings: the most nice gadgets for the smart house

1 year, 4 months ago
As reports the TechCrunch portal, on September 3 this year the SmartThings company specializing in development of devices for smart houses let out a new line of advanced sensors for the house and new, more powerful hub for their connection.


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How to save by means of technologies of the smart house: thermostats and control of lighting

1 year, 4 months ago
The residence on Elton Road to Miami Beach is a house of 300 quarter of meters and worth 2,2 million dollars which not just saves energy – it makes it for itself(himself), and still at the same time sells excesses to local housing and communal services.


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