Home Automation

Home automation … automation of the home, housework or household activity. Automate activities in home to make your life more easy, conveniënt. When writing this early in 2003 when I did my first steps in home automation it was a true art to have a light switched on remotely.

Today -2020- switching a light in home sounds easy and lots of homes have this capability built in some way of the other. From out of the box click-on-click-off to sophisticated script listening to your voice and acting upon it. We’re just started here it feels! When does your system responds to you just when you think of an action….I guess within 10 years!

Home automation may include centralized control of lighting, heating, appliances, security locks and other systems, to provide improved convenience, comfort, energy efficiency and security. Home automation can begin with easing up your daily activities and expand to providing increased quality of life for persons who might otherwise require caregivers or institutional care. The popularity of home automation has been increasing greatly in recent years due to much higher affordability and simplicity through smartphone and tablet connectivity. Nowadays, with the Internet of Things popping up as a big buzzword, more and more people are interested in home automation.

A home automation system integrates electrical devices in a house with each other. The techniques employed in home automation include the control of domestic activities, such as home entertainment systems, garden watering, changing the ambiance “scenes” for different events (such as dinners or parties). Devices may be connected through a home network to allow control by a personal computer, and may allow remote access from the internet. Through the integration of information technologies with the home environment, systems and appliances are able to communicate in an integrated manner which results in convenience, energy efficiency, and safety benefits.

In this chapter you will find my reasons for working with Indigo as home automation system, and some plugins I worked on to get Indigo even more customized and better suited for my situation. Since these plugins might be beneficial to others as well, you will find them here explained.