Namita Singh
The Economic Times (Delhi edition)


A hard day's grind is over and you are home. The door opens and the lights switch on. Your favourite music track begins playing. As you set temperature for geyser, a steaming cup of tea is ready at the touch of a button, the aroma of hot crispies getting ready to be savoured fills the air. After a hot shower you are all set to enjoy 'me time' catching up a favourite movie. In the meantime, dinner is getting ready and all this while you haven't exerted yourself one bit. It's only the finger that has moved on the remote control. Welcome to the automated home, the one you have only dreamed of till now.

An automated home offers all the conveniences of modern living at a single click and much more. Adaar Technology's Darayus Khajotia defines: "A home or office which is wired / connected to work on a single platform is called automated home/office. The essential features of an automated home are safety, security, lighting, utilities, environment, audio video and convenience. These features need to be controlled, managed and monitored from a single converged plan, to make automation complete. This automation can be accessed through touch screens, switches, universal remotes, Internet, telephones, mobiles, voice, motion sensors etc.

Chandrashekhar Raje, CEO of Digihome Solutions, cautions, "Many vendors offer a simple product to call it automated home. But the true automated home has automated controls for power appliances and gadgets like lights, fans, ACs and geysers; control via remote, phone, display or simple switches; Curtain automation; dimming controls for mood lighting effects; programmable profiles; energy saving features with profiles; intelligent lighting; occupancy-based lighting controls; energy saving features via occupancy controls". In addition, "We offer security, safety, communication, information and entertainment features. It gives a complete Intelligent/Digital Home lifestyle," says Raje.

At apartment complex or residential society, the features may include control and programming of common lights, sprinkler controls, LPG, electricity metering and billing system.

An automated home simplifies your life by offering enhanced comfort. It empowers you to take control of household gadgets and appliances. It secures your home and ensures energy efficiency. It also offers each member of the family entertainment at their convenient time. All this is made possible through computers, microchips, television, voice synthesis, and solid-state circuitry. In fact, an automated home is also a smart home for being sensitive to your requirements and when add-on features include multimedia and entertainment solutions, it becomes a digital home too.

What is the market like for an automated home? "Any segment of developed property which is more than Rs.20,000 per sq.ft., we feel justifies the cost for an automated home. Of course, the market is growing at a very fast pace and with the advent of technology convergence it will no longer be a chic thing only for the privilege high-end users, but more of a convenience for smart users. Also, many developers/ builders are planning a basic automation package with their properties to enhance their offerings," says Darayus.

"The market is big. It has already started picking up, especially in western and southern India. In fact, many builders offer these features in their new projects. Sales in the individual homes is not yet great. The reason for the same is need for some minor civil modifications and not much of an awareness amongst masses. However, it is exponentially growing," says Raje.

But the biggest limitation to the propagation of the concept in India is the cost factor. Digital homes are perceived to be expensive and only for the rich. "Home automation may cost anything between 40k to 1.5lacs per home. However, we offer complete Intelligent home solution that ranges between 40k to 4.0 lakh depending upon features as well as size of the home," says Raje. Darayus says, "The different modules for home / office automation start from as low as Rs.1 Lac and can go upto crores. But a normal size 3BHK would be automated for around Rs 7- 10 Lacs".

Depending on your budget you can get some aspect of automation and connectivity at a low cost. "Currently, we feel the market is for the high end users if we take into account the complete automation for all features. However, we do have many average users who settle for certain modules depending on their most current requirements, where the cost benefit ratio is compelling," says Darayus.

Still, an average Indian today cannot aspire to live in an automated home. Raje does not agree. He says, "It was the case few years back when only imported systems were in India, it used to cost anything between Rs 5- 40 lakh per home. Now, we offer much better and sophisticated features and yet at an affordable cost. Our client is anyone who can afford a home worth Rs 35 lakh onwards. In fact, builders have started offering these features and flat buyers get it as a part of the deal. Apart from the prohibitive costs, another factor restraining users from embracing advanced features is the reliability of the product.
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  • Sounds Interesting , thought It is not yet fisiable for a common man to have this kind of stuff in place for him? more over the power condation and other foactors needs to be taken in account as both the power and connectivity is not that stable as of now in India. I guess it would definately catchup, but its too early to even think about this actually being implemented immidiately...

    This is more of a RICH People's Fancy...

    what do you say..?:)

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    Namita Singh
    The Economic Times (Delhi edition)


    A hard day's grind is over and you are home. The door opens and the lights switch on. Your favourite music track begins playing. As you set temperature for geyser, a steaming cup of tea is ready at the touch of a button, the aroma of hot crispies getting ready to be savoured fills the air. After a hot shower you are all set to enjoy 'me time' catching up a favourite movie. In the meantime, dinner is getting ready and all this while you haven't exerted yourself one bit. It's only the finger that has moved on the remote control. Welcome to the automated home, the one you have only dreamed of till now.

    An automated home offers all the conveniences of modern living at a single click and much more. Adaar Technology's Darayus Khajotia defines: "A home or office which is wired / connected to work on a single platform is called automated home/office. The essential features of an automated home are safety, security, lighting, utilities, environment, audio video and convenience. These features need to be controlled, managed and monitored from a single converged plan, to make automation complete. This automation can be accessed through touch screens, switches, universal remotes, Internet, telephones, mobiles, voice, motion sensors etc.

    Chandrashekhar Raje, CEO of Digihome Solutions, cautions, "Many vendors offer a simple product to call it automated home. But the true automated home has automated controls for power appliances and gadgets like lights, fans, ACs and geysers; control via remote, phone, display or simple switches; Curtain automation; dimming controls for mood lighting effects; programmable profiles; energy saving features with profiles; intelligent lighting; occupancy-based lighting controls; energy saving features via occupancy controls". In addition, "We offer security, safety, communication, information and entertainment features. It gives a complete Intelligent/Digital Home lifestyle," says Raje.

    At apartment complex or residential society, the features may include control and programming of common lights, sprinkler controls, LPG, electricity metering and billing system.

    An automated home simplifies your life by offering enhanced comfort. It empowers you to take control of household gadgets and appliances. It secures your home and ensures energy efficiency. It also offers each member of the family entertainment at their convenient time. All this is made possible through computers, microchips, television, voice synthesis, and solid-state circuitry. In fact, an automated home is also a smart home for being sensitive to your requirements and when add-on features include multimedia and entertainment solutions, it becomes a digital home too.

    What is the market like for an automated home? "Any segment of developed property which is more than Rs.20,000 per sq.ft., we feel justifies the cost for an automated home. Of course, the market is growing at a very fast pace and with the advent of technology convergence it will no longer be a chic thing only for the privilege high-end users, but more of a convenience for smart users. Also, many developers/ builders are planning a basic automation package with their properties to enhance their offerings," says Darayus.

    "The market is big. It has already started picking up, especially in western and southern India. In fact, many builders offer these features in their new projects. Sales in the individual homes is not yet great. The reason for the same is need for some minor civil modifications and not much of an awareness amongst masses. However, it is exponentially growing," says Raje.

    But the biggest limitation to the propagation of the concept in India is the cost factor. Digital homes are perceived to be expensive and only for the rich. "Home automation may cost anything between 40k to 1.5lacs per home. However, we offer complete Intelligent home solution that ranges between 40k to 4.0 lakh depending upon features as well as size of the home," says Raje. Darayus says, "The different modules for home / office automation start from as low as Rs.1 Lac and can go upto crores. But a normal size 3BHK would be automated for around Rs 7- 10 Lacs".

    Depending on your budget you can get some aspect of automation and connectivity at a low cost. "Currently, we feel the market is for the high end users if we take into account the complete automation for all features. However, we do have many average users who settle for certain modules depending on their most current requirements, where the cost benefit ratio is compelling," says Darayus.

    Still, an average Indian today cannot aspire to live in an automated home. Raje does not agree. He says, "It was the case few years back when only imported systems were in India, it used to cost anything between Rs 5- 40 lakh per home. Now, we offer much better and sophisticated features and yet at an affordable cost. Our client is anyone who can afford a home worth Rs 35 lakh onwards. In fact, builders have started offering these features and flat buyers get it as a part of the deal. Apart from the prohibitive costs, another factor restraining users from embracing advanced features is the reliability of the product.
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  • Sources and Suppliers

    All,

    Does anyone have any idea where to find the sources and suppliers for HA stuff? Currently the only "commonly" available modules are from Legrande...

    Cheers,
    Neel
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