What is a Smart Home?
Most people have come across some form of smart technology such as energy efficient lightbulbs and electronic locks, but what makes a home a smart home is when those technologies work together as one. Brisbane SmartHomes aims to turn your house from a collection of individual appliances to one cohesive unit, enabling you to go to bed and have the lights turn off, blinds close, doors lock, and security alarms set automatically.
At Brisbane SmartHomes there are countless options for how to control your smart home based on your personal preferences - with phone and tablet apps for those on the go, mounted tablets if you worry you'll lose it, or a classic remote control, there's something to fit everyone. Don't want to mess around with another device - integrate AI like Alexa or Google Home and simply talk to your smart home!
So how can we help YOU?
Here at Brisbane SmartHomes safety is our number one priority, which is why we offer security systems that won't keep you up at night. With one press of a button on your smart interface, the doors, garage, and gates will lock securely and set alarms around your house. That same button can make bed time a breeze, by turning off all lights and appliances, shutting every blind, and turning the AC down to save power. We like to call this the "Goodnight" button, and yes there's one for "Goodmorning" too - pull up the blinds, turn the heating on, and start your day with your favourite tunes all before you've gotten out of bed. In fact there can be as many buttons as you want, all uniquely named by you.
An "Away" button can set up a Mockupancy™ scene that will alternate lights, shades, and televisions to give the illusion that your house is occupied while you're out, as well as locking and arming the house and turning on security cameras. Cameras across the house allow you to keep an eye on things when you're out at work, check in on your sleeping baby, or even see who's at the door without having to get up.
Along with cameras, installing and connecting sensors to your smart home will allow you to be instantly notified if something goes wrong such as a leak in the garage or that a door was left open while you're out. If an emergency situation occurs, your smart home will automatically call the necessary services, distribute a warning throughout the house, and light a path to your nearest exit.
Automatic detection isn't just for emergencies - your sprinklers can sync with local weather reports to only turn on when necessary, the temperature and humidity can adjust according to the season, blinds can open when they sense it's light outside, and lights can be set to only turn on when there is someone in the room. These auto-adjustments save you thousands on your electricity bill, along with helping to save the environment.
Children, Autism, and Home Automation.
While most people think entertainment or safety when they hear home automation, some families are utilising it to help with their children with autism. While meltdowns and tantrums are the norm with any toddler, some children can get overwhelmed by sensory input and need time to themselves to calm down - if they need to be alone but you want to make sure they're safe, home automation can allow you to check in on them without being present, keeping them calm and you worry free. This is also a great way to watch your children engage with their therapists without intruding on their session, enabling you to monitor and celebrate their progress.
Routines can also be extremely important to those with autism, and setting up an automatic wake-up routine can greatly reduce the amount of stress in the morning for both you and your child. With lights that get brighter and a tv or speaker that plays when they wake up, your child will be excited to start their day.
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Hard of Hearing, Vision Impaired, Limited Mobility.
Having limited hearing, vision, or mobility can impact on people's safety and day-to-day activities - Brisbane SmartHomes aims to provide solutions for these issues and improve your or your loved one's quality of life. If your home needs to cater for someone who is hard of hearing we can set up specific lights in every room to notify you that someone is at the door along with the ability to visually see who's there from the safety of your home. By connecting your smart home to your phone or smart watch you can also receive vibration-notifications to alert you that a door has been left open, there is a leak, or that the baby is crying upstairs. If you wear a hearing aid, connect this to your smart home's audio system through bluetooth or internet (with select models) to hear automatic alerts, the doorbell, or your favourite tunes and shows.
If visual aid is what your home needs we can easily set up speakers in every room to aurally alert you when a door has been left open, someone is at the door, or lights have been left on after guests leave. Home automation also allows you to talk with people at the door to determine their identity before you let strangers into your home, as well as the ability to automatically lock doors with the push of a braille button, or voice recognition.
Voice recognition is also extremely useful for those with limited mobility, as it means you can turn off every light, lock all doors, and set the alarms before bed without having to wander around the house. Enabling people with physical injuries or disability to access their entire house from one remote or with their voice reduces the likelihood of a fall, and ensures they can sleep easy knowing they're safe in their home. If you or a loved one requires a wheelchair, Brisbane SmartHomes can work with your architect to design automatic ramps both inside and outside of your home, along with integrating smart devices like cleaning robots (Roombas) to take care of chores that could be too difficult.