Five Ways Tech is Revolutionising Home Automation
IoT products are putting the power back in Africa's hands
The world has embraced the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which has changed the way people manage their daily lives
Home automation is on the rise across the globe and Africa is swiftly following suit. It’s easy to see why, as tomorrow’s tech savvy consumers can easily control energy efficiency, ensure safety, and reduce their carbon footprint, conveniently from the palm of their hands thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT).
“The world has embraced the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which has changed the way people manage their daily lives,” explains Charl Osborne, Organisational Head at CBI-electric: low voltage, a local manufacturer of quality low voltage electrical distribution, protection and control equipment.
Noticing a gap to assist consumers to manage their electricity from anywhere and anytime, the company introduced the Astute Range which features South African manufactured products such as the Astute smart controller, isolator and smart plugs - all managed via the CBI Home App.
Today, IoT products are putting the power back in Africa's hands. Here are five ways smart devices are revolutionising home automation:
1. Improve energy efficiency
In the past, consumers have had relatively little control over their electricity usage, aside from choosing energy-efficient appliances. Now they can proactively manage their demand and easily schedule their peak power use while also reducing their impact on the environment.
This can be done via a “set and forget” option with schedules controlled with a smartphone or tablet. Scheduling can be set for different days of the week, with automation according to time, weather conditions, and more. Electricity usage is displayed in daily graphs and monthly usage on the app.
2. Minimise costs
For maximum energy savings, smart devices can control when power-intensive appliances are run – such as air conditioners, geysers and heaters – so that consumers benefit from the comfort they offer while minimising costs. Additionally, appliances that are not in use but still plugged in the wall can still use electricity costing consumers unnecessary money. With smart devices, users can turn these products off from the palm of their hands to ensure they aren’t wasting money on electricity that isn’t being used.
Smart devices offer greater convenience. The CBI Home App allows consumers to control when devices are powered, with settings including weather and time of day. An air conditioner can be remotely turned off when no one is home, or only set to run during warmer conditions.
Subsequently, consumers can also use smart devices to automate their homes or turn geysers off while on holiday.
4. Set safety measures
Many people can relate with the anxiety of wondering whether they’ve turned off fire-hazards such as heaters, irons and electric blankets when they’ve left the house. Now they can use the app to see whether these appliances are still switched on and effectively turn them off at the wall if-and-when necessary.
For home security, users can also take precautionary measures by switching on lights when needed.
5. Customised requirements
The Astute devices allow for multiple on and off programs and have manual by-pass capabilities with maximum control.
As the products work with already-installed electrical infrastructure, the Astute Range provides an affordable and practical solution. However, the products allow people to decide which product to install first according to their needs with no added costs above that of the device installed. For example, if they want to tackle the heaviest electricity usage first.
The Astute Range of Smart IoT products can be managed via the CBI Home App, available on the App Store and on Google Play. This allows for monitoring, control and scheduling of energy at the touch of a button. The only requirements to use the Astute range are a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi with an internet connection and a smartphone or tablet.
For more information on the Astute Range visit www.CBI-lowvoltage.com/astute or connect and follow them on Facebook (https://bit.ly/3Dq5agl), Instagram (https://bit.ly/3kN49rr) or Twitter (https://bit.ly/3oz9tzO).
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of CBI.
About CBI-electric: low voltage
- Established in 1949, CBI-electric: low voltage is a manufacturer and supplier of quality low voltage electrical distribution, protection, and control equipment. Previously known as Circuit Breaker Industries or CBI, the company specialises in the design, development, and manufacturing of circuit breakers, residential current devices, surge protection, wiring accessories, and metering products.
- Head quartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, the company is a subsidiary of renowned JSE listed industrial group Reunert (www.Reunert.co.za), with international operations across Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and USA.
- CBI-electric: low voltage can be found in almost every home and has firmly become a market leader over the last 72 years while supplying products to authorities, utilities, manufacturers, commercial property developers, industrial, mining, telecommunications, and general power distribution applications.
- In 2021, the brand launched its smart IoT (internet-of-things) home automation range, called the Astute Range.
- For more information about CBI-electric: low voltage visit: www.CBI-lowvoltage.co.za