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Home, smart home [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
[January 12, 2014]

Home, smart home [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]

(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) How does it feel to be able to control all things electrical at home via remote control? Rozana Sani finds out.

TODAY'S lifestyle tends to be hectic - 24 hours are barely enough to fit in work, leisure and housework. Being able to go about your daily activities and to manage your home with minimum fuss is a dream for most people.

But what if technology can help? For example, wouldn't it be great if before you get off work, you can switch on the electric kettle and air-conditioner at home so that you can step into cool comfort and make a quick cuppa once you reach there? While you're at it, why not switch on a few lights and pull down the blinds. And perhaps turn on the washing machine that is pre-loaded with dirty clothes so that by the time you arrive home, you just need to pop them into the dryer. And you can do all these via remote control with a smartphone.

Sounds cool, right? MONITOR AND ENJOY It's not a dream. Such technology exists which allows you to enjoy the comforts of modern living - convenience, security and control - all at once.

En'hance Lifestyle Automation is a fully integrated system with smart home solutions developed by Starfield Enhance. Utilising Zigbee technology which integrates and automates virtually all electrical home appliance, the system provides a remote interface of control and monitoring from a single point of contact using an in- house touch panel, intelligent dual touch screen remote control, smartphone, tablet or computer.

"As long as you have access to the Internet, you can monitor and enjoy control over your home - even when you are away," says its managing director Robert Wong.

En'hance is ideal for home owners who do not wish to renovate or refurbish their existing homes as the system does not require any rewiring and hacking and takes only a few hours to install.

"The system is designed to be open-ended and customisable, where upgrades can be introduced periodically to increase the functionality of the system and ability to address changing market demands and needs. For example, to increase security, home owners can opt for add-ons including a DLNA media server, a ZigBee passive infrared motion sensor and an RFID (radio frequency identification) door access reader via flash card, pin code and fingerprint scanning." The system can also be configured to link with existing automatic gates and alarm systems in the home, depending on compatibility. It is also designed to monitor and assist in saving energy usage with a ZigBee power meter which provides information about electricity consumption to promote a greener lifestyle.

The system is compatible with all smartphones or mobile devices that use either Android or Windows operating systems. Price starts from RM4,999.

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