One Day Smart Home - Customised #SmartHome Blog

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One Day Smart Home - Customised #SmartHome Blog

Smart Home with Speed is an evolutionary way to have technology professionally installed in your home. For decades, the process of owning a Smart Home was normally aligned with a major renovation of your home or a complete new build project. It typically took months to complete and was a major investment, sometimes costing £10,000 and upwards.

When we were working on the concept of Smart Home with Speed the main objectives were faster installation, lower costs and most importantly a great homeowner experience. The results of  our research and planning culminated in the creation of our hugely popular service.

One Day Smart Home

The One Day service ticks all the key Smart Home boxes. From the get go our Tech Team target the source of all your connectivity, your internet connection. We review the location of your router, assess the wi-fi coverage and then install a new, improved wi-fi access point which will send wi-fi further around your home.

From that improved wireless foundation we then target essential services like heating, lighting and security.

A smart thermostat with features like geo-fencing and easy scheduling replaces your dumb thermostat for control of your heating and hot water. This upgrade introduces huge savings to your household energy bills.

Lighting in up to three rooms benefit from a change to Smart LED bulbs which will dim without flicker, save energy and can be scheduled to simulate occupancy when you are out. You can even have different colours and temperature of light.

For enhanced security the One Day system offers two options. Either a Smart Doorbell, which becomes your eyes at your front door to never miss a delivery and answer the front door, or you can choose an indoor camera which will monitor when people enter a room or use it to keep an eye on your pets.

To continue the monitoring theme we install two sensors. The first will detect water and we commonly place this under the kitchen or utility room sink. The second sensor measures air quality, humidity and temperature and can be placed anywhere in the home.

After this installation phase, typically 3-4 hours, we turn our attention to the entertainment devices in the One Day Smart Home system.

Your TV is treated to a new on-demand streaming box. Apple TV is installed and connected to your high definition TV via HDMI cable and set up to your preferences. Apple TV accesses a world of streaming TV, music, movies and games. Apple TV plays a key role in the Smart Home operation, it acts as the hub to allow remote control of your home when you’re away.

Music gets a 21st century upgrade, we install the first part of your Sonos wireless music system with a Play:1 speaker going into a room of your choosing. Sonos is an easy to expand wireless multi-room music system that streams music from all the popular services such as Apple Music, Spotify and TuneIn radio.

So now that's all the tech installed, next we turn our attention to the controls. iPhone and iPad apps along with Siri voice control are the primary methods of controlling the systems. In overall control is the Apple Home app which takes control of the heating, lighting, security, sensors and TV services. Siri is the convenient assistant you can use to issue commands for lighting levels, whole house scenes or request the status of the home. For the Sonos music system we use the outstanding Sonos app to give you the maximum features of the music system available to you.

The most important part of the package is that it is professionally installed. Two highly skilled home technology technicians, members of the Customised Tech Team will prepare, install, setup and show you how to operate your new Smart Home system. Any questions and queries you have about controlling, personalising and automating the system are dealt with not just on installation day but there are follow up appointments made to ensure you are getting the maximum benefits from the system.

Should any technical issues arise, Smart Home with Speed customers get a dedicated support email, telephone number and access to the Tech Team database of FAQ’s and videos. Your first year of service and support is included in the initial purchase of £2000 including VAT.

In summary, your home is going to receive a home technology makeover in under ten hours. Heating, lights, security, monitoring and entertainment services in the home are going to be made smarter. A professional installation team will guide you through the installation from initial survey to installation through to support and servicing. The Customised Tech Team are on a mission to make your home smart with as little disruption to your home and lifestyle as possible. Smart Home with Speed.

Contact Customised on 01508 528964 or contact us via our website at www.customised.uk.com

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Save headaches later, wire for technology today - #SmartHome

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Save headaches later, wire for technology today - #SmartHome

Our free Smart Home survey service is continuing to be really popular with homeowners in East Anglia and London. The projects we’re invited to discuss range from new construction homes to homes being extended or remodelled. The only objective I have going into these surveys is to convince the homeowner or builder that they need to future ready wire the home.

Failure to give the home a fighting chance to handle technology demands today and in the future is fast becoming the single biggest mistake home builders and renovators can make.

Here’s a quick look in to the home that doesn't have the essential technology infrastructure.

An impulse purchase of a smart doorbell during the Black Friday sales was a smart move. It’s wireless and is really quick to install. The delivery arrives and the drill is out quicker than Usain Bolt out of the blocks. 20 minutes later you are ready for the setup via the app. You head to the kitchen to make a cuppa and download the doorbell app. You go outside to the front of the house where you've mounted the doorbell and begin the setup process. Your phone is now on 3G and has disconnected from your wi-fi. Step back inside into the hallway and the wi-fi connection returns. Set it up standing here. Press and hold the button on the doorbell and your phone scans for the doorbell. It sees it and asks you to connect your doorbell to your homes wi-fi. The doorbell app doesn't see the homes wi-fi but eventually it picks up one bar of signal. You finish the set up process but at the end a message pops up saying the wireless signal is weak, please move the doorbell closer to your wireless router. Your router is in the living room, two rooms away and inside the TV cabinet. The doorbell connects but when you test it the picture is pixellated and the audio quality is poor. It also takes 5 or 6 seconds for your smartphone to get the doorbell notification. Frustrated, you see how it goes for a few days but end up removing it from the front door wall and buy a dumb doorbell during another online shopping session. Don’t you hate missing deliveries when you’re at work?

A home armed with a whole house covering wi-fi system wouldn't have this issue and even better, a home with a CAT6 cable to the doorbell location would have meant that the doorbell would have  a constant power supply and internet on the single CAT6 cable. Smarter. Now you’re always home.

This was another 30 minute Smart Home Blog with Speed by Customised director Kris Gamble.

 

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Please Don't Wire Like It's 2007

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Please Don't Wire Like It's 2007

Our weekly routine takes us to multiple homes every week. Many are new construction, others are renovation projects and the majority are finished homes in need of some retrofit home technology.

Customised have a long track record in preparing new build homes for technology connections and pride ourselves in making new homes future ready. Following a run of exhibitions we have done in June and July, we have been booked in by many self builders for free smart home consultations and surveys which we offer.

Most assume that wiring for technology is a standard fit for new construction homes but unfortunately it is not. Essential services needed in the home like Wi-Fi and on-demand TV connections are not wired as a standard.

The core message from our free consultations to new home builders is to wire for technology. A single cable type is used to future ready the building, CAT6 network/ethernet cable is the cable to distribute multiple services around the home.

The rule of thumb for CAT6 cabling is to centralise all the wiring back to one location or wiring hub in the home. This would usually be in an under stairs cupboard or utility room cupboard. Allow a minimum space of around 1000mm high x 600mm wide x 500mm deep for the wiring hub and space for equipment that would be stored there like a wireless router, CCTV recorder or TV distribution equipment.

The amount of cabling needed varies with project size but there is a minimum wiring requirement to make it really easy to install systems that distribute Wi-Fi, security systems, TV on-demand and multi-room music. Customised prepare a low cost wiring design for the electrician to run the CAT6 cables to key locations in the home. Our design includes information to make the cabling process so simple for the electrician. Once the wiring is completed, Customised check that all cables are installed before plastering. When ready we then prepare all the cabling into the wiring hub, which is like your fuse board for tech. We deal with the sockets in the room to get them ready for TV or audio connections and then we fully test the wiring to verify it for use.

From this moment the home is future ready. It's ready for systems to be installed for whole house Wi-Fi or a CCTV system or a multi-room music system or devices like smart doorbells and Smart TV’s.

You owe it to your new home to prepare it for the future. Please don't wire the home for how we lived in 2007, start wiring a home for 2017 and beyond. We are entering the era of virtual and augmented reality, voice assistants, your favourite TV and music being streamed and household appliances becoming internet connected.

Book your free Smart Home consultation with Customised by calling 01508 528964 or email demo@customised.uk.com

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Your Smart Home Budget - Part 1 of 3 - #SmartHome

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Your Smart Home Budget - Part 1 of 3 - #SmartHome

Your Smart Home Budget - Part 1 of 3

This blog is a straight to the point, pull no punches, guide to budgeting your Smart Home systems in a major renovation or new build project. I’m going to highlight all the major spends and stick a price on them to give you a heads up before you start scoping out your Smart Home options.

Before we dive in, the pricing I’m going to reveal is relevant to most types of house but is definitely not relevant to the hyper luxury multi-million pound homes. Let’s go!

 

Early Stages

It’s unlikely that the Smart Home install businesses who are quoting for your project will charge you to provide a quote but be prepared to pay for revisions to quotes. Budget around £150-250 per revised quotes for your project.

Once you are happy with the quote and wish to proceed with your installer, demand a contract, get a full list of the work to be carried out and request a schedule of the install stages and time scales for each element of the project.

You should expect to pay a deposit to the installer once the contract has been signed. At Customised we typically invoice for 15-20% of the project at client agreement stage.

 

Design

Your Smart Home installation needs a design. This cannot be omitted from the quote, it's vital. The design will prepare the wiring scheme for the home, it will be the schedule for all the specialist wiring being installed and will be a document that multiple tradespeople will reference during tasks relating to home tech.

At Customised we produce easy to follow designs and wiring schedules for electricians to install the wiring and prepare layouts for detailed parts of the install like a home cinema or a wiring enclosure.

Design Budget - for a 2 or 3 bedroom project, budget £500-800 and for 4 bedroom+ homes, budget around £600-1200.

 

1st Fix

At Customised we undertake the 1st Fix with this mentality; Electricians cable homes. You, the client, do not need to pay two company’s to run wires in your project. Customised provide the wiring schedule and layouts to the electrician on the project. You have to be prepared for additional charges from the electrician for running the Smart Home wiring but it will still be more economical for just the electrician to wire the home. What we always price into the 1st fix is site checks of the 1st fix progress. The checks ensure that the right cables have gone in at the right positions and locations. This low cost check could save thousands of pounds if an important cable is left out.

One element of the 1st Fix that Customised maintain control of is the supply of the Smart Home cable. It’s crucial that the cabling installed is capable of meeting current and future technology demands. Smart Home cabling typically consists of Cat6, loudspeaker, coaxial, HDMI and fibre optic cable.

1st Fix Cable - for a 2 or 3 bedroom project, budget £500-800 and for 4 bedroom+ homes, budget around £800-1400.

1st Fix Checks - any project size, budget £200-400.

 

Parts 2 and 3 of this blog will cover items like 2nd Fix labour and materials, wi-fi systems, multi-room audio, TV distribution and lots of other Smart Home options. Let me know your thoughts on Part 1. Comment below or email kris@customised.uk.com.

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Gadget of the Week - Fibaro Button - @FibaroGlobal

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Gadget of the Week - Fibaro Button - @FibaroGlobal

Gadget of the Week 

Fibaro Button

A universal manual switch for devices or scenes, an emergency button or handy tool, the Fibaro Button can recognise up to six actions.  

The Button is battery powered and can be placed virtually anywhere, so its always where you need it.  Secure your home with a single click, or get notifications on your smartphone from an elderly relative.

Available via Fibaro UK on Amazon

Customised are your Norfolk based CEDIA Smart Home experts.

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Smart Home Technology For Everyone, Not Just The 1%

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Smart Home Technology For Everyone, Not Just The 1%

Off The Peg Smart Home

How many of you reading this blog have had your car's custom vinyl wrapped, had your living room walls covered in acoustic enhancing fabrics or have had your family initials woven into your luggage? Super high-end, luxury purchases.

Other luxurious buying questions could be, how many of you have had a suit made to measure for you on Savile Row or commissioned personalised engravings on his and her platinum gold watches? Fantasy shopping for many of us.

I recently read a magazine article that stated that my home technology business should be providing Savile Row suits not Marks and Spencer suits, made to measure, custom installed Smart Home not off the peg home tech. A bespoke solution rather than a standard option. This statement prompted me to pen this blog.

Smart Home living is no longer just for luxury homes it’s available for every home. Luxury homes are barely 1% of the housing market.

Here are some of our most common installations in our Smart Home with Speed services. Services for the 99%:

  • Voice controlled lighting costs less than £100.

  • App controlled heating costs less than £200.

  • Smart HD video doorbells cost less than £300.

  • Multi-room music costs less than £400.

  • 55 inch 4K Smart TV costs less than £500.

These five options above are a perfect fit for 99% of homes.

 

Here is the price list below for the 1% of homes:

  • Voice controlled lighting costs more than £1000.

  • App controlled heating costs more than £1000.

  • HD video intercom system costs more than £1000.

  • Multi-room music costs more than £1000.

  • 55 inch 4K Smart TV costs more than £1000.

 

The first list, where products cost hundreds of pounds, uses M&S like brands. Brands you have heard of like Philips, Nest, Sonos, Ring and Samsung. The products from these brands will deliver the Smart Home features you requested and perform excellently.

The second list is made up of brands you’ve probably never heard of like Crestron, Gira, Comelit, Control4 and Loewe, similar to Savile Row tailors. These elite brands are powerhouses of professional, high-end home technology and also perform to very high standards but they are out of the price range of millions of homeowners. Out of reach for the 99%.

Customised are a home technology installation business for the 99%. We’ve chosen tech that is affordable but reliable, luxurious but attainable, a good fit without being hand cut.

Get in touch with Customised today to book your free Smart Home assessment.

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Smart Home With Speed - #1DaySmartHome

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Smart Home With Speed - #1DaySmartHome

 Need For Speed

We now live in an era where speed is everything. Healthy meals cooked in 15 minutes, Norwich to London in under 2 hours and same day deliveries from online shopping are all examples of our need for speed. Super fast services have been the inspiration for the new home technology packages from Customised.

Smart Home with Speed

Historically, smart home installations have taken hundreds of hours to design, cable, install and calibrate. You also had to be in the process of a major renovation or a new construction project to run all the necessary cables. Customised have a long heritage in these kind of developments and know that large, luxury homes will continue to require the dozens of days needed to make them smart.

When we brainstormed the idea of Smart Home with Speed we set ourselves an ambitious target of creating a Smart Home in just one day. In less than 10 working hours in the average sized home we would have to undertake a home tech makeover that would result in all the major home services benefiting from a smart upgrade. We're delighted to share with you details of the One Day Smart Home.

The One Day Smart Home is a technology transformation of your home focusing on 7 key areas. Lighting, heating, security, home health, wi-fi, smart TV and multi-room music. Each of these areas get a boost of intelligence. Your simple light bulbs get a smart upgrade to energy efficient LED fittings with app control of colour and easy to create lighting scenes. The dumb thermostat gets the smart treatment to enable features like geofencing, voice control and intelligent heating schedules. High quality HD equipped video cameras and doorbells mean you've always got eyes on your home and alerts to your smartphone when people arrive. Information from your home like motion, humidity, temperature and air quality can be used to trigger notifications, turn on devices and help you track your living conditions. These first four key areas are conveniently controlled and managed with the Apple Home app, which is already loaded on all iOS 10 equipped Apple devices. One really cool feature of it being controlled by your phone is that you can even ask Siri to control your lights or adjust the thermostat temperature.

The final three elements of the One Day Smart Home cover connectivity and entertainment. Wi-fi coverage in your home is a genuine argument generator in some homes. We reduce wi-fi frustrations with wireless devices that cover the whole home. Having access to all your favourite TV and movie streaming services in one device makes time spent in front of your big screen a real pleasure. Apple TV provides the apps to make any TV smart. Music in every room of your home is a cinch with Sonos and this talented wireless music system brings your home to life with your favourite tracks and playlists.

Our new easy to access smart home packages merge professional installation with the best of DIY smart home products. You get everything setup by an expert, a full walk through of the system and access to an exclusive customer support service should you need any assistance. We've made sure that all the technology installed is supported for updates and that the system is expandable, allowing you to easily add tech to your home when you want more smart lightbulbs or additional rooms with Sonos speakers.

The One Day Smart Home is available with a fixed price of £2000 and is our entry level Smart Home with Speed service. You can call 01508 528964 or email demo@customised.uk.com to arrange a free survey for your Smart Home upgrade.

Customised are your local, CEDIA certified, home technology professionals.

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Empowering People with Disabilities using HomeKit and Siri

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Empowering People with Disabilities using HomeKit and Siri

I’m excited to share this blog with you, I’ve waited several months to be able to bring this together. The reason it took so long is because I needed two pieces of the Smart Home jigsaw to complete the puzzle. Both jigsaw pieces came from Apple and they’ve been around for a while but they’ve taken time to get to fit together; Siri and Apple HomeKit.

Apple are no strangers to Assistive Technology and since 2013 have offered Switch Control on Apple mobile and desktop devices. Switch Control helps you enter text, choose menus, move your pointer, and other functions all by clicking a switch. You can use a keyboard key, mouse button, trackpad button, joystick, or adaptive device as one or more switches.

Siri has been a well used resource for all Apple device users to set timers, call contacts, send messages and ask questions. It may have its critics, which voice assistant doesn’t, but as a personal voice gateway Siri handles everyday requests with ease.

HomeKit is a framework, developed by Apple, for communicating with and controlling connected accessories in your home. You can discover HomeKit accessories in your home and configure them, or you can create actions to control those devices. You can group actions together and trigger them using Siri and the Apple Home app.

For many people reading this blog post, the concept of using voice control to lower blinds, lock doors or turn off lights may seem like a nice to have or a luxury convenience. For a person with disabilities the combination of HomeKit and Siri is independence. The use of voice control for managing your home is empowerment.

One short voice command to your phone may set up the whole home for your arrival. For example, “Hey Siri, I’m Home” could first open the garage door, then turn on the hallway, kitchen and living room lights, then disarm the alarm system and finally unlock the front door. The automation options with Siri and HomeKit are a game changer for people living with disabilities.

We are still in the early days of HomeKit but there are currently around 50 devices which are compatible and they cover many of your homes requirements. There is an exciting range of innovative products controlling lighting, heating, security, electrical and entertainment services in your home and there is a steady stream of new connected devices being released for the HomeKit platform every month.

Customised have been working closely with the Works With Apple HomeKit range of products since their release and have put together several quick to install and easy to use Smart Home packages for any homeowner to start living with voice control of their home. We’d really like to show you how Siri and HomeKit is able to completely change how you operate and function in your home.

Customised are South Norfolk based Smart Home experts.

01508 528964

www.customised.uk.com/contactus

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Did we mention the price? Customised #SmartHome

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Did we mention the price? Customised #SmartHome

Consumer awareness of Smart Home technology is on the rise. In the past two to three years there have been hugely successful promotional campaigns by companies like Nest, British Gas and Philips with their security, heating and LED lighting devices. For many of you, these will have been the first Smart Home products you brought into your home. Products like these have enabled the control of your heating using your phone or given you the opportunity to have colour changing mood lighting, but for many this is where Smart Home had stalled.

It'll come as no surprise to you that hundreds of new Smart Home devices have followed in the footsteps of Nest and Hive and well known brands like Apple, Yale, Honeywell and Google are now some of the major players in the homes of the future. With the new wave of devices we also have some new features like voice control, geofencing (a digital perimeter around your home that will control devices if the perimeter is tripped by your smartphone) and single apps to control multiple devices.

An example of one app ruling them all is the Apple Home app. Apple introduced their HomeKit platform in 2014 to developers and in the subsequent years the platform was developed to be the framework for technology accessories to connect and communicate in the home. Many Smart Home devices now proudly wear the Works With Apple HomeKit logo and Apple Home supports voice control using Siri, geofencing and scheduled, automated events.

Customised have chosen Apple Home and Siri voice control to be the platform for our express Smart Home installs. As an example, our 1 Day Smart Home package (fully installed for £2000), combines the following products and services onto the Apple Home app:

Lighting by Philips Hue

Heating control with Honeywell

Smart sockets using Elgato Eve

Water leak detection by Fibaro

HD CCTV from D-Link

Home health monitor using Elgato Eve

In addition to all these fully installed home tech additions, our 1 Day Smart Home package also includes a far-reaching wi-fi hotspot, a Sonos Play:1 wireless speaker and an Apple TV for media streaming. The inclusion of Apple TV also enables control when you're away from home using your phone or tablet. Did we mention that the price includes installation?

To recap:

Voice controlled lighting and heating

Improved wi-fi coverage

HD CCTV

Movie and music streaming

Air quality and water leak monitoring

Apple Home control app

Installed in 1 day

£2000

Did we mention that the price covers installation, setup and customer handover?

Get in touch to book your free Smart Home Assessment.

Smart Home with Apple HomeKit

Smart Home with Apple HomeKit

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Smart Home Status Check - March 2017

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Smart Home Status Check - March 2017

Did you know that there is a takeover happening in your home right now? A technology takeover. Over the past decade the number of devices, gadgets, applications, screens and sensors used in our home life has grown enormously. It is only ten years since Apple launched the iPhone; this game changing mobile device took dozens of previously used gadgets and bundled it into one pocket sized tool to support our busy lifestyles. Since its launch the iPhone and other smartphones have been a gateway product for scores of other hi-tech products to enter our homes. Some provide entertainment and convenience and others bring comfort and security; products like speaker docks, LCD televisions, security cameras and thermostats. These products and similar others are a regular feature in our homes now.  For a long time these were solitary devices doing their own thing, but now these devices are internet connected and communicating with each other. They are the foot soldiers of the technology takeover. To recycle the now well known slogan used by the Ministry of Information, "Keep Calm and Carry On". The technology takeover is here to revolutionise and improve how you connect and live in your home. 

We’ve now reached a highly anticipated landmark for control of technology in the home, voice control. The Amazon Echo arrived, won over the sceptics and is now on track to becoming the first choice voice controlled home assistant for many. Google has launched the market alternative with Google Home, but Amazon’s willingness to collaborate with other software and hardware manufacturers has seen it pull away from the chasing pack, which also includes Microsoft Cortana and Apple Siri. Microsoft are predicted to concentrate their voice assistant services on businesses and busy professionals, and Apple, surprisingly, have yet to offer a cohesive offering combining Siri, Apple Music, Apple TV and HomeKit. Aggressive moves by Amazon and Google are making the gap for Apple to enter the market smaller and smaller. 2016 ended and 2017 started with voice control being a new interface in our clients Smart Home installations. It is now a recognised user interface to be factored into our designs. 

Customised have been professional home technology installers since 2008 and we’ve charted the rise in the number of connected devices entering the home. The increase in devices results in an significant increase in traffic on the home network. For close to a decade we’ve waxed lyrical about the need for our clients to bolster their home network; this can often be one of the least expensive elements of their project. Hard-wired cable infrastructure, a robust router, a managed network and far reaching wireless coverage can often be the difference between home automated bliss and frustrated, unhappy customers. It’s easy to overlook the planning and design needed for the installation of technology in homes. Developers, architects and home owners are blinkered by wireless technology and readily throw up the classic comment of “Isn’t everything wireless these days?”. Poor preparation for technology can result in new homes being out of date from the moment the keys are handed over to the new owner.

The most exciting features of a Smart Home are the audio and visual systems. Ranging from multi-room music and hi-fi, to big screen televisions and surround sound cinema rooms, home entertainment is what brings a home alive. For over sixty years the television has been the focal point of family entertainment. Since the advent of television we've relied on broadcasters to schedule our viewing and set the times when we'd gather around our electronic window to the world. Nowadays streaming and downloading from the internet is how we access our favourite programs. Box sets and binge watching are broadband hungry habits and therefore it is vital that your home network is built to cope with the demands of multiple users accessing content from the internet. Video formats like UltraHD and 4K plus audio streams of High-Resolution music all add up to fully load your home network.

If audio and video systems are the nice to haves then security systems are the must haves. Figures from UKCrimeStats.com report an increase in burglaries in England and Wales from 35,130 to 37,396 from October to November 2016. Intruder alarm and CCTV systems still remain the best deterrent of crime against your home. Modern alarm systems now offer app notifications and remote connections for alerts and status, and CCTV has evolved to now provide UltraHD video quality and outstanding night time performance. DIY security products like indoor cameras and smart doorbells are easy to install security enhancements for your home; check out products from Nest, Yale and Ring for inspiration.

Automation and control of your homes lighting, heating, ventilation and blinds/curtains is the part of a Smart Home which generally requires the most planning, design and engineering. Customised are specialists in combining these services onto one common system. Think of the system that automates and controls them as your Home Operating System. We always recommend a hard-wired system for the management of these essential services in the home. In past years the systems that performed these tasks were generally very expensive and exclusive to luxury homes. Nowadays there are reliable options for every budget, there are even robust and secure options for wireless or retrofit automation systems and these can be very quick to install and setup.

The electrical wiring for most automation systems differs from traditional household wiring; the majority of systems take the approach of star wiring the lighting circuits back to central control locations, typically the consumer unit location. The light switch or control panel in the room would be provisioned with an extra low voltage (ELV) control cable and would not contain mains voltage, however mains power would be present at the light fitting or driver and consumer unit. The switches or control panels would all be interlinked by the ELV control cable in a daisy chain or bus wired layout. For more information on bus wired systems search for KNX, a global standard and protocol for automation systems and is used by hundreds of manufacturers.

In today's modern home, which has systems in place for controlling lighting, climate, entertainment, and shading, there is a lot going on behind the scenes that the homeowner is not capable of managing. Home automation systems do require regular updates, changes and maintenance to keep them performing at optimum levels. Updates to the system normally bring new exciting features like voice control or integration with new DIY products like doorbells or wireless music systems. A home automation system should be installed and commissioned by a certified professional installation company. Seek out your local CEDIA (Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association) member to plan your Smart Home project.  They adhere to industry standards, equipment specifications and workmanship levels and have proven insurances and trading histories. When choosing your installer request client testimonials, case studies and ask to visit previous projects or dealer showroom.

A Smart Home system could cost as much as your next car so give it as much research time as you would choosing your next car. There are a lot of options for your home technology at varying budgets; find the systems that suit your home, lifestyle and budget.

Customised are Norfolk based home technologists providing Smart Home consultation, design, installation and maintenance services.

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