What is the difference between home automation and the Internet of Things?

Home automation and Internet of Things are two terms that often meet together because they are both technologies designed to facilitate the user’s life, automating specific processes, allowing remote control, simplifying plant management, and generally optimizing the management of the environment.

Even if goals are identical, means and methods by which they are achieved are very different from each other and therefore associating home automation with the Internet of Things would be incorrect.

Home automation is conceived as a closed system of interconnected systems, structured in a hierarchical way and well organized: this vertical approach allows to centralize the management of the entire domestic environment, both internal and external, in a single control and coordinate the different functions in scenarios, pre-programmed sequences of actions that can be activated with a single command.

The Internet of Things (IoT), on the other hand, is a macro-term that encompasses all the technologies capable of collecting data via the internet or from the surrounding environment and processing it to optimize its functioning, to carry out its task more effectively and to simplify life for every user.

Internet of Things uses open but independent devices in your home: they interact with the outside world, but not directly with each other, and therefore are generally more specialized and dedicated.
Consequently, home automation and the Internet of Things respond to two different needs.

Home automation requires the support of professionals to understand the needs to be met, choose the systems, install them and connect them together. It is therefore an extended intervention, ideally to be carried out during the renovation phase or to be integrated directly into the construction of a new building. The advantage is that in this way you embrace the whole house, coordinating every aspect of your home life for maximum comfort and safety.

Internet of Things devices can be installed only where necessary to meet specific needs without having to carry out invasive interventions, using the domestic wi-fi connection: on the other hand, in this world they depend on the quality of their network and their ability to act is more limited.

Home automation and IoT also differ in the degree of data protection: a home automation system is closed, i.e. all the connected systems communicate only with each other and store the data in a more protected and difficult to violate environment, while the Internet of Things devices, by their nature, must communicate with the network and the external environment, making them more vulnerable.

However, home automation and IoT should not be considered as two incompatible elements because the former can interface with the latter: for example, E.co.system was the first company in the sector to integrate Alexa, Google Home and all Samsung Smart TVs with Home Automation Easydom.

With almost 60 years of experience in home automation, E.co.system is an expert voice in this field: take advantage of the Home Automation Bonus and revolutionize your way of living by making your home easier, more comfortable and efficient, contact us now.

The differences between civil and industrial electrical systems

Electrical system allows the diffusion of electricity within a building connected to the network electricity or self-producing its own energy thanks to photovoltaic systems and other powered systems from renewable sources.

Electrical systems are used in our homes, in commercial buildings and in large systems industrial: between these three realities there is a difference in power required and consequently of complexity of the system, so that it can be managed safely.

Given its crucial role in allowing the activities inside the destination building, the installation of the electrical system is studied with the construction, in order to optimize the positioning of cables, exits and hooks; this does not mean that it is not possible to intervene subsequently for extensions and updates, while requiring constructions for the implementation of these changes.

If domestic and commercial applications must manage the power for lighting and for the power supply of appliances and other systems with low consumption (such as air conditioning, video surveillance or automatic gates), an industrial electrical system must support the power necessary to operate even large machinery.

Given the amount of energy managed, safety is a crucial aspect: solutions are needed to prevent overloads and short circuits, and to allow the operation of the most important electrical systems also in case of failure or blackout.

However, this does not mean that safety is not a priority even for plant installations, civil and commercial electrical systems, but the industrial sector refers to dedicated regulations that they impose stricter standards, also considering the involvement of a greater number of people within an industrial complex.

In particular, they must comply with the provisions of Legislative Decree 81 of 2008 regarding safety in the workplace, while other regulations also apply to civil and commercial plants: the Law 186/1968 on the materials to be used, the DL 37/2008 for the safety of the systems and the Law 791/1977 on the responsibility of the system manufacturer.

Another crucial aspect is the maintenance of civil and industrial electrical systems, which must be carried out periodically, or every two or five years depending on the type of plant as established by Presidential Decree 462 of 2002.

Beyond the legal obligations, maintenance of the electrical system is also very important for its optimization, thus evaluating consumption and any optimizations to enhance the energy efficiency of the building.

The complexity of the design and installation requires the intervention of specialized and expert technical figures and this also applies to maintenance: this is the only way to guarantee that the civil electrical system and the industrial electrical system comply with law, are safe and efficient.

It is also good to remember that the electrical system can be integrated with the photovoltaic one, so that self-produced energy is used instead of that of the network, and with the home automation system, to monitor consumption in real time and also intervene remotely on the use of the current for lighting and household appliances.

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How is the Home Theater system realised?

All fans of cinema dream of experiencing the same emotions of watching a movie in theaters even when they are at home: they want to admire their favorite actors on a big screen, grasp every detail of the special effects clearly and hear the sounds coming from every direction while enjoying the comfort of your own home.

Today’s technology has made the installation of this type of systems, called Home Theater, easier and more accessible, to bring all the sensations of the big screen between home walls.

The installation of a Home Theater system can be carried out on an already built home or

Can be integrated into the design of a new building, preparing cables and conduits so as to

avoid subsequent constructions, keeping all cables hidden from view and optimize the architecture in function of the sound system.

There are many aspects that must be considered in order to install a Home Theater system, navigating between multiple audio and video options, as well as evaluating any interventions on the room that will host it: for this reason it is always good to consult an expert who can recommend the most suitable solutions for your needs and implement them to measure.

To create a Home Theater system, we start from the video channel.

The ultra-flat HD televisions, which until a few years ago were a luxury product, have become increasingly accessible, allowing with a limited investment to acquire a large and well-defined screen, ideal for home cinema.

For those looking for the real feeling of having a cinema at home, they can opt for an HD projector that can even reach 300 inches while maintaining a 4K resolution.

The audio channel is the other crucial aspect to create a Home Theater capable of giving strong emotions, creating surround effects and truly immersing ourselves in the film.

The home theater experience can be enjoyed with multiple final amplifiers, designed to surround viewers and reproduce ‘localized’ sound based on the location of its source within the film.

These surround sound speakers can be placed on pedestals around the sofa or armchairs (and in this case, the aesthetics have its weight) or embedded in the wall (based on architectural studies and sound diffusion methods).

Finally, the room can be optimized to adequately support the audio signal, with, for example, bass traps and sound absorbing panels against reverberation (and for the quiet of the neighbors!).

The Home Theater system can also be connected to a larger domotics system, allowing you to control it more comfortably, to send multimedia content from your devices and to synchronize it with entertainment applications.

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What are the advantages of photovoltaic systems?

Photovoltaics is an increasingly widespread (and precious) resource for our country: Italy, in fact, represents a virtuous case in Europe, being able of meeting 18% of its energy needs with clean energy and exceeding the environmental objectives imposed on by the EU.

In 2019, photovoltaic systems with a total power of 750 MW were installed in our country, of which a significant portion is attributed to small ones (272 MW, 36% of the total) that are used in the residential sector.

What are the reasons for this growth?

Surely, the technological evolution has made photovoltaic systems increasingly accessible and efficient, making them an increasingly interesting product for the environmentally conscious consumer.

Anyway, the self-production of energy from renewable sources is a responsible choice, not only from an ecological point of view, but also convenient.

The installation of a home photovoltaic system offers important advantages for the user:

Economic savings: the self-production of electricity allows to decrease the demand for energy from the network and therefore the costs in the bill;

Independence from market changes: the costs of energy distributed by traditional operators are subject to fluctuations created by the market and the international geopolitical scenario; by producing your own electricity you protect yourself from these variations and you can better control your fixed costs;

Return of installation costs: as a consequence of the two previous points, the costs incurred for the installation of a photovoltaic system are gradually offset by savings on energy costs; once you have fully returned from the investment, you can enjoy a pure gain generated by energy self-production;

Energy exchange: part of the economic gain is generated thanks to the Energy exchange mechanism, in which the user ‘sells’ his energy surplus (the energy that exceeds his consumption) to the network, receiving a refund on the bill;

Increase in the value of the property: the installation of a photovoltaic system increases the value of the property;

Incentives: since it contributes to the protection of the environment and the achievement of the state objectives of reducing emissions, there are numerous forms of incentives and deductions that citizens can enjoy to install a photovoltaic system; in this way the costs incurred initially are reduced and the return on investment is accelerated.

A photovoltaic system can be integrated with the domotics software, in order to keep production and consumption under control, optimize system performance and, with the aid of radio-controlled sockets, activate, even remotely, smart appliances to consume directly your energy surplus.

E.co.system believes in the effectiveness of renewable sources, energy autonomy and eco-sustainability, promoting the installation of photovoltaic systems perfectly integrated into the domotics system of your home.

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Improve energy efficiency with domotics

In Europe, the residential sector is responsible for about 40% of the continent’s annual energy consumption: while on the one hand our current standard of living imposes a certain amount of energy that is difficult to reduce, every year a significant portion of electricity and gas is wasted.

Many buildings fail in energy efficiency, that is, they use more energy than is necessary to obtain the desired result: for example, a construction with a poor level of thermal insulation needs to keep the heaters higher or turned on longer to reach the right temperature, because part of the heat is transferred outside.

Another significant part of the energy waste is due to the carelessness of the residents, such as leaving the light on when leaving the house, falling asleep in front of the TV or keeping the heating or air conditioning active in a room that is currently empty.

The energy efficiency of home is a path that involves various types of interventions and the acquisition of greater awareness of its consumption, but it gives excellent results.

 In fact, consuming less means:

 • reduce CO2 emissions by making a contribution to environmental protection;

 • decrease the costs related to the bill, managing to save up to 25% on energy expenditure.

The installation of modern systems and their coordination with a domotics system has a significant impact on the energy efficiency of the home.

In particular, Easydom Next Home Elite offers useful functions to check the status of your home at any time, monitor consumption, and activate or deactivate systems and appliances in an intelligent way. Awareness of actual consumption, as already mentioned, is very important, therefore the Easydom domotics system reports in real time all the information relating to the use of energy and uses it to make an estimate of costs and CO2 emissions.

Thanks to these data, it is possible to easily identify the higher energy loads, evaluate how to intervene to reduce them and consequently optimize domestic consumption.

Easydom Next Home Elite also allows remote lighting control, so that you can immediately notice if you forgot to turn on a light and turn it off immediately, even when you are away from home: the use of scenarios, i.e. series of actions activated chain with a simple touch, already allows to minimize the risk of forgetting, by scheduling the shutdown of all systems when you leave the house.

 Similarly, it is possible to control the temperature and thermostats, and interact with controlled electrical sockets: in this way, smart appliances can be activated, even remotely, to make them work in the most convenient time slots.

Finally, a domotics system can interact with the home photovoltaic system, so as to optimize the use of self-produced energy and further reduce the costs in the bill.

The costs of installing a domotics system are balanced by the savings month by month and year by year;  in addition, by taking advantage of the Domotics Bonus, you can amortize the initial investment immediately and return more quickly to the initial expenditure.

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Wired broadcasting systems: advantages for home and business

Wired broadcasting system allows you to transmit the same audio signal on multiple speaker devices, thus allowing you to ‘spread’ the same message or the same music in several places at the same time.

The term ‘wired broadcasting’ reveals the original form of this technology: to make the connection between the sound source and the speakers, the telephone twisted pairs that were already installed in buildings equipped with fixed telephony were used, exploiting their ability to transmit audio signals without having to pose  a new network of cables.

Technological advances, however, have made it possible to update this technology, eliminating the need to rely on cabling and allowing the use of Wi-Fi and bluetooth signals to more easily reach every corner of the building concerned.

However, this does not mean that this form of network is the most efficient: it is good to evaluate the most efficient solution between cable and wireless based on the characteristics of the building and the area to be covered.

Wired broadcasting is often used in the commercial field: we all entered a shop or a shopping center, and we were accompanied in our purchases by a background melody … How can we forget the catchyness of the Christmas music during the holidays?

Wired broadcasting is not only a pleasant auditory distraction, but is a marketing tool that puts the customer at ease by making him more inclined to buy and that allows you to build the identity of a brand.  Wired broadcasting system can also be used for communication and advertising, as often happens in supermarkets.

Wired broadcasting is also used in companies, to make communications to all listeners and to create a more relaxed working environment by transmitting the right music.

The spread of wireless technology has allowed wired broadcasting to enter our homes more frequently, synchronizing the transmission of audio tracks in multiple rooms and also in the garden or swimming pool, so as to always have your favorite music with you.

Numerous solutions are available for the home: the most modern systems use wireless speakers with attractive shapes, which add value to the furnishings, or smaller and more discreet solutions, even recessed, but which also guarantee excellent sound quality.

The activation of the system and the selection of the music to be transmitted is carried out through special apps, which can be easily installed and controlled on computers or mobile devices. Wired broadcasting can also be connected to other systems to create a domotics system, centralizing their control.

In this case, wired broadcasting can be integrated in specific scenarios, that is, in sequences of actions that can be performed with a single touch: for example, you can set a program dedicated to returning home after work, which opens the garage door, starts your favorite music, turn on the lights and raise the motorized shutters, to immediately immerse yourself in a relaxed atmosphere.

E.co.system installs wired broadcasting systems and many others, connecting them in domotics systems: find out how to improve the comfort of your home and your workplace.

How do automatic gates work?

Automation combines the needs of comfort with those of safety, proposing different solutions suitable for both domestic contexts and for industrial and commercial uses, such as automatic gates.

Automatic gates allow you to control who accesses a property and at the same time increase the comfort of those who use them, preventing them from having to get out of their vehicle or make physical efforts to open the doors.

Automatic gates work thanks to a control unit that receives the signal sent by the remote control; the control unit controls the motor and activates it to move the leaf with a mechanical arm equipped with a piston.

In addition, automatic gates use sensors, called photocells, which signal the control unit if there are obstacles for the correct closing of the door, such as for example a person who is trying to enter.

In these cases, the photocells send a signal to the control unit that interrupts the movement of the automatic gate, thus preventing damage and injuries.

The automatic gates can have hinged or sliding doors.

Automatic hinged gates use one or two doors mounted on a fulcrum, similar to the door of a home: it is therefore necessary that there is sufficient space to allow their complete opening.

The automatic sliding gates, on the other hand, use one or two doors mounted on a track so that they can move parallel to the perimeter partition (wall, gate, hedge, …);  it is a more practical solution since it requires less space for its installation.

The motor that allows the movement of the doors can be underground, so that it is more protected from any damage, or external, and use electromechanical systems (the most common ones in the residential sector) or hydraulic systems (for large industrial applications).

In the event that there is no current to power the automatic gate, a particular mechanism allows you to unlock the motor and thus move the door manually;  some models integrate an emergency battery that allows you to power the gate while waiting for the power to be restored, eliminating the inconvenience of the situation.

Technological innovation has made it possible to create increasingly efficient automatic gates to further increase the convenience of this type of system.

An automatic gate can be connected to a domotics system to control its opening from the central panel of the home or from your mobile device, in order to activate it for guests in total comfort.

This type of control is also useful outside home, since the gate can be opened with your mobile phone instead of with a remote control, making this already simple gesture even more immediate.

E.co.system has 30 years of experience in the installation of automatic gates that allows us to offer tailored, long-lasting and highly performing solutions for each customer and application context.

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A home with domotics is a safe home

Statistics indicate that in Italy there are an average of 520 home thefts every day: in this situation of uncertainty, technology rushes to defend our homes, providing different solutions to prevent break-ins, discourage thieves and prosecute the guilty.

A domotics system allows you to centralize the management and control of video surveillance and perimeter theft systems, as well as to receive notifications and feeds on your mobile device to be always informed about the security of your home even when you are away.

Outdoor video surveillance systems tend to be clearly visible or in any case signaled to carry out a deterrent action against break-ins, discouraging thieves even before they even try to enter the house.

Depending on the needs, panoramic cameras are available, which allow you to cover a large area even at 360 ° with a single device, bullet cameras, discreet and ready to use, cameras with containers, protected by a special case designed to withstand acts of vandalism, and dome cameras, which use a dome to protect the device and to hide the direction in which it is oriented.

Cameras can permanently frame the potential entry points or the entire perimeter, with careful planning of their position, movement and shooting area and create complete coverage.

In case thieves manage to enter, more discreet and hidden internal cameras (for example built-in) can detect movements or noises and catch them in the act without realizing they are being recorded, sending the video feed and possibly also audio to mobile and central devices operational, and allowing prompt intervention.

Images taken by the video surveillance system, activated on command, in response to sensors or 24/7, are sent to special devices for archiving and storing the recordings, to have concrete evidence and clues about the managers in case they were not stopped for time.

Anti-intrusion systems, on the other hand, employ instruments that detect unauthorized entrances and break-ins, and activate defensive strategies such as audible alarms, reports to operations centers and messages to preset telephone numbers.

For example, the perimeter alarm works with lasers, infrared or microwaves that create a virtual ‘fence’ that delimits the designated area and signals the control unit whenever it is crossed, which undertakes the programmed actions.

Compared to physical barriers, the protection offered by a perimeter alarm is invisible, therefore an intruder is unlikely to implement countermeasures to avoid or disable it. Modern devices also work even if cables are cut or a blackout is triggered, thus resisting sabotage attempts; any malfunction is however reported to the control unit, which can activate the alarm in advance.

With these considerations in mind, a perimeter alarm system offers a safe solution to protect your home from attempted theft.

A domotics system allows you to receive notifications from all the installed security systems and to set their operation with a few simple gestures: for example, you can only activate them when you leave your home or let the perimeter alarm ignore the movements of the pets, avoiding false alarms.

Domotics system also allows you to control other useful systems to keep your home safe, such as the video intercom, to identify who rings the door, and automatic shutters, to lower them every time you leave your home.

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What does it mean to live in a home with a domotics system?

Domotics makes technology at the service of home comfort and home security by applying principles of efficiency, automation and centralization.

In practice, to make a home automation system, cutting-edge systems are installed which can be programmed and controlled remotely, and which are capable of communicating with each other, so that they can be synchronized and activated from a single panel or device.

So imagine yourself being sunk in an armchair on a winter’s day, with the evening just around the corner: with a touch on your smartphone, the lights turn on and the temperature rises, and in the meantime you put the music to cheer up the evening and start the washing machine.

Suddenly the video door phone rings, but there is no need to get up: you can always see who it is from your smartphone, talk to us and open the external door if you are a desired guest.

Comfortable, isn’t it? But a home with domotics system also serves to enhance home security, by connecting video surveillance and anti-intrusion systems: the video feed of the former and any alarms of the latter are sent to the mobile device of the landlord, who can monitor his home even when he is away.

Comfort and safety, but also environmental protection.

If properly designed, a home with domotics is ecological, because the control of the systems allows to reduce waste, reducing the domestic energy requirement with benefits for both the wallet and the environment, reducing the CO2 emissions related to the production and distribution of the power.

Home automation also allows the implementation of residential photovoltaic systems, whose performance can be easily controlled and the methods of use of the generated electricity can be set, so as to contribute to the spread of renewable energy and further decrease the costs in the bill.

The concept of domoticsis therefore rich in nuances and articulated on various levels of complexity, and adapts to very different needs with customized solutions.

How does domotics work? The underlying technology is that of BUS, electronic systems that allow communication between compatible systems and therefore their centralized control through panels, smartphones or even voice assistants.

It is also possible to program ‘scenarios’, a series of actions that can be activated with the press of a simple button, to carry out routine activities more quickly and comfortably: for example, a scenario for leaving the house may involve activating the anti-intrusion systems, turning off the lights, reducing heating or air conditioning, and lowering the shutters.

A home can be ‘born’ automated or ‘become’ automated.

In recent years, the construction of new buildings can already integrate intelligent systems and the technology to connect them into the project. At the same time, it is possible to intervene on a house to make it automated, being able to enjoy all the comforts even in an old building.

In both cases it is important to rely on professionals capable of providing the most high-tech technology and designing customized solutions for every lifestyle: with almost 60 years of experience in home automation, E.co.system is now an expert voice in domotics.

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Domotics Bonus: install a system with an IRPEF tax deduction of 65%

With the 2020 Budget Law, Domotics Bonus was confirmed for the year 2020, an IRPEF tax deduction of 65% on the costs incurred to install a home automation system.

This important facility aims to promote the implementation of technological systems that make buildings more efficient and comfortable, in order to reduce emissions and encourage innovation in the residential and business sector.

Until 31 December 2020, those who have incurred expenses for the purchase, installation of devices for remote control of heating, air conditioning and hot water production systems can report them in IRPEF declaration and obtain a tax deduction of 65%, divided into ten annual fees of equal value.

The concession also applies to other expenses directly related to the intervention, i.e. the installation of  other electrical, electronic and mechanical equipment in the home automation area, and to the electrical and masonry work necessary for the preparation of the system.

The beneficiaries of the 2020 bonus are:

  • private individuals with a real right on the property subject to intervention (owner, tenant on loan for use, family member or partner responsible for management costs); 
  • subjects with business income (physical persons, partnerships or capital companies); 
  • professional associations
  • public and private entities that do not carry out commercial activities.

To access Domotics Bonus 2020 it is necessary to:

  • make payments with a traceable instrument, such as the bank transfer posting the reason for the payment, the beneficiary’s tax code or VAT number and the tax code or VAT number of the contractor; 
  • send the documentation certifying the work to ENEA within 90 days of its completion; 
  • keep the certificate of enslavement and the receipts for sending the communication to ENEA and for payment for 10 years.

Domotics allows you to live better and consume less, thus obtaining savings on energy costs, and thanks to the Domotics Bonus 2020, the costs incurred to install the system and the return on investment are reduced.

Choosing E.co.system, you will have at your disposal the decades of experience of consultants, designers and installers, who will create the solution that best suits your needs, assisting you in requesting the Domotics Bonus 2020. Contact us to find out more.

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