For total home integration, sophisticated home management systems can supervise virtually anything-coordinating the communication between any number of electronic devices. These systems far exceed simple on and off controls. At your discretion, lights can be brightened or dimmed to any level, stereos switched on to any CD and volume level, and motorized drapes adjusted to any position on the track. What makes these systems so comfortable to live with is that you select the systems you want the panel to control, and you can easily change or override the settings as often as you like.
For example, when you come home at the end of the day you can enter an identification code on your keypad. This tells the panel who entered the premises. The system can then set the lighting in the entire home to your preferences while turning on your favorite music at a pre-selected volume. For less automation, but still the ultimate convenience, if you are watching television, you can talk to who ever just rang the door bell while viewing that person on a picture in picture on your T.V. screen.
Security issues aside, your security system can also act as one the most exciting aspects of your new home. With proper enhancements, it can function as a complete home management system, performing a variety of tasks well outside the realm of home protection.
These enhancements, or “accessory modules,” give the security panel the ability to control your lights, the thermostat, appliances, and audio and video components; provide lighted exit ways when the fire alarm is activated; turn on all lights in the house in the event of a burglar alarm; and provide communication by functioning as an intercom system. And if you really want the ultimate in convenience, this same technology will allow you to turn on your Jacuzzi from your car, so that by the time you’ve parked your car and changed your clothes, your spa will be heated…