ideal-LIVING.com ideal-LIVING • SPRING 2014
The Simplest Way to Automate Your Home
Several companies are vying to provide the average
homeowner with control over their homes. Most of these
vendors are trying to expand the services that you probably already use. Some of the bigger players are Time Warner (cable and internet) with its IntelligentHome service,
AT&T (phone and internet) with its DigitalLife service and
ADT (home security and video surveillance) with its Pulse
Each of these providers offers basic introductory packages of home security starting around $30 a month with
additional costs for other home automation options.
The Time Warner IntelligentHome service offers home
security, fire and CO2 detection, live video, lights and ther-
mostat control from a wall mounted panel in home, web-
page, your tablet or smartphone anywhere.
ADT, adding to its traditional home security, fire, CO2,
and video offerings, has added thermostat, lighting control,
leak detection, and the ability to lock and unlock doors
In addition to everything that Timewarner and ADT offer, AT&T’s Digital Life offers the ability to shut off your
house’s water remotely. This option would be very useful in
limiting damage should a water leak be detected.
These systems offer email and text notification should
something go wrong when you are not around.
Programmable Thermostats Lead the Way
Much of this activity in home automation may have
been spurred by the introduction by Nest Laboratory’s
Take Control of Your
Total home control is literally at your fingertips — thanks to high speed internet, WIFI and a smart phone. In the past, home automation was the realm of the very wealthy or the nerdy do-it-yourselfer because it was generally expensive
and complicated but the connected automated home is everywhere now.
by Stephen Swart