Wired Homes: The Future Today
l Access controls: Including driveway gates, security keypads, electronic locks, etc.
l Audio/video control systems: Home theater, audio and video systems.
l Communications: Telephone systems and intercoms.
l Control devices and sensors: These activate lights, appliances and systems.
l Home automation protocols: These allow different products and subsystems in the home to communicate with one another.
l Home theater/satellites: Large screen television, top-notch sound systems, and satellite dish technology.
l HVAC and energy management: Heating, ventilation and air conditioning control. Check out the Nest thermostat and the Lyric thermostat. Both are smart thermostats that will save you money.
l Lighting devices and sensors: Preset and activate internal and external lights to turn on, off, dim, or brighten according to your schedule.
l Motorized devices: Open and close garage doors or blinds at preset times.
l Security systems: Alarms, motion sensors, even child-tracking devices.
l Utility-based services: Monitor and control energy-management requirements.
l Whole-house control systems: Control and automate many systems in your home simultaneously.
l Windows and covering controls: Open or shut blinds or draperies remotely and automatically.
l Wire/wiring and cable systems: Structured-cabling systems.