In 2002, mankind marked the "beginning of the digital age", storing more information in digital format than in analogue. What's staggering is just 9 years prior to this, digital technology made up a mere 3% of information on this earth. Now days it is estimated that more than 94% of the world's information is stored digitally. The fact of the matter is, digital technology has become an integral part of our lives, and whether you like it or not it is here to stay.

So you want the new home to accommodate this digital technology, to enhance its functionality and give it user friendly control to simplify your life. The smart home is the solution. The difficult part is to know how to go about achieving this. Nobody can be certain where technology is taking us, however it is safe to say that as time goes on all the technologies are beginning to speak the one language - that is Digital!

By using a qualified designer to plan a structured wiring schedule and electrical control schedules you will be able to enjoy a smart home in comfort with digital media and be more energy efficient.

Home Automation - Wireless vs Cable

Although wireless options are available, it is not a viable alternative to replace structured wiring. Many devices require specific cabling and don't have a wireless equivalent. Where there is a wireless option they are typically more expensive and can suffer from occasional connectivity issues.  Wireless is limited in bandwidth, there is a proliferation of devices trying to share the limited bandwidth. NZ laws & regulations govern the number of 'channels' available for domestic use to fourteen and there must be a spacing of at least 5 channels (or more) between each Wi-Fi device in order to avoid interferences. With an increasing number of Wi-Fi devices popping up in our neighbourhoods, this creates interference that impacts on the performance of your own network, and is outside your control. This is because two Wi-Fi networks operating on the same channel are forced to share bandwidth, as they can't "talk" simultaneously. As a result, each network's bandwidth is halved. Look at the wireless relationship like forever increasing traffic on a busy road, with no space for additional lanes. Compared to structured wiring; your own private highway - allowing for faster transfer speed, maximising your multimedia experience and allowing home automation to run reliably and efficiently.

So what is a smart home?

Now days many of our homes are already immersed with digital technology, be it Television, CDs, the internet or an iPad. A smart home is one that has been purposely designed to incorporate the necessary cabling to allow these devices to be integrated and come to life with the rest of the home for your maximum enjoyment. Without a detailed cable design, the foundations for any solid home entertainment and automation system cease to exist.

Future proof - go smart home

Technology aside, if you're building or renovating your home the consequences of not involving a professional company to prepare a detailed cable schedule, and ensuring this is pre-wired correctly, can be detrimental to the resale value. Think back when technology wasn't so accustomed in our lives. Many homes typically had only one power point per bedroom, two if you were lucky. As newer homes were constructed, so to the availability of power points became more frequent. Nowadays most homes are constructed with some Ethernet cabling for networking. But with an increase of digital networkable devices on the rise, one soon will come to expect full structured cabling just like we have come to expect multiple electrical sockets in each room of the home.

Preparing your smart home for the future. A structured cabling design is as important as any of the other design elements that are considered when building a new home. In fact it should be treated as the foundation for technologies that we use in everyday life. Including home security, energy management, entertainment and for enhancing the look and feel of your home. Structured cabling packages don't have to be expensive and can be designed for the smallest to largest of homes, fitting any lifestyle and budget.

If you are looking to build or renovate your home now is the best time to consider a structured cabling design. Or if your home is already in construction, still, it's not too late! Simply come visit our technology showroom for a demo to see what is possible and ili will provide a free consultation.

OneTouch Smart Home will ascertain your requirements and can produce a cable schedule for current needs and for future potential requirements. Although OneTouch Smart Home does not usually install the cables, we can discuss plan and give provisional costs involved in pre-wiring.

We can even sit down with you, your partner, electrician and your builder to take the first step towards your own structured cabling design to ensure your new home is a Digital Smart Home.

OneTouch Smart Home will provide standard documentation which defines all processes and responsibilities of OneTouch Smart Home and the installation contractors.

It should be noted that the installation process is co-ordinated by OneTouch Smart Home, we do not take work from the existing contractors but prefer to train and utilise them to their comfort level. Alternative contractors can be provided to cover any aspect of the installation if necessary.

Contact us for a free Smart Home Wiring demonstration and consultation.