Home automation is designed with one primary objective: to make your life easier. Everyone can benefit from its ability to allow appliances to communicate with one another, as well as its capability for letting the homeowner manage everything around the building remotely or via an electronic device. However, people who are living with a disability are able to especially benefit from an automation system. Whether you or your family member has difficulties with their vision, mobility or memory, having a home automation system within the property can make life considerably simpler.
One particular way that home automation helps is by enabling the automatic shut-off of appliances using our KNX and Dali systems. This is particularly useful for people living with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of memory loss. Because you can set your oven, for instance, to switch off if it has been left on for longer than a certain amount of time, you reduce the risk of causing a fire. The same can be applied for any other electronic appliance around the home: taps, toasters, hair straighteners, etc. It also allows you to minimise the use of energy and cut costs around the home. Similarly, these appliances can be controlled remotely so, if you gave a family member or close friend access to your home electronics, they could turn off an appliance for you from their smartphone or tablet.
The ability for a disabled homeowner’s relatives to take control of certain aspects of the building remotely is also useful when it comes to security. Many people who suffer from one of the aforementioned memory problems may, for example, forget to lock their doors at night. This leaves them vulnerable to theft. However, family members will be able to check the status of your home security from anywhere in the world with an automation system installed. They can remotely lock and unlock doors in the event that a homeowner forgets.
Once you have an automation system installed, another way that you can control the appliances around your home is via voice control. This is a truly essential function for people who may have mobility problems or suffer from a disability such as blindness. Rather than putting yourself at risk by navigating your surroundings, you could enable voice control to turn on heating, lights or activate the security system.
Technology aims to solve many of the problems people have in their everyday lives. For people with disabilities, a home automation system can be an invaluable tool for making simple tasks easier. There may no longer be a need for the visually impaired to find their house keys, it could be enabled by a voice command to open or lock the front door; there may no longer be a need for the immobile to struggle getting to and from the light switch, they could activate it from their tablet; and there may no longer be a fear among friends, neighbours and relatives that someone has forgot to turn their hob off, they could manage this themselves from anywhere with internet access.