http://docandersen.wix.com/ctisolutions is the site for my personal/long time company web site. CTI is a company Barb and I started more than 20 years ago and is a support company that works as an advisory group for innovations and innovators.
So where in my professional job I look at cloud solutions and what is possible, at CT&I I focus on the outside the box innovations. For the past three months I’ve been working on Home Automation systems.
We’ve installed the Control4 system. There are a number of smaller less complete systems that we have considered as well. Kickstarter and Indiegogo have had a number of successful automation and integration projects that have been funded.
So I’ve built out a conceptual pick list for what it is you are trying to do:
- Remote interaction
- Home management
- Home Automation
Today I am going to talk about items one and two. Later we will publish the rest of the report on 3 and 4. Security is two parts, the first is to connect to and expand your existing security system. The second is add features not currently in the security system (although you can call any of the security companies and they will add these features). Its like the home solar debate. There is a fixed cost you have to figure out which fixed cost is best for you.
What do you intend to do with your security system.
- Live Video?
- Indoor and outdoor (indoor only, outdoor only)
- Police notification?
The last one is the riskiest. You have to be careful (boy who cried wolf) about how many times you contact the police. That is why the systems you pay for monthly (ADT, Brinks etc.) are good because they can verify information from your house before they call. So for police notification allow the monitoring service that ability.
For video though there are a number of things you have to consider. If your ultimate goal is security + remote interaction when you aren’t home then you have to have both indoor and outdoor video. Canary and Jibo are a couple of great projects you can consider and leverage for building out your indoor video options.
There are a number of excellent video systems that incorporate with the Home Automation systems. You want to make sure you home automation and your camera DVR system cooperate. If they don’t work together it reduces the ability of your system to react to odd events at 3 am.
Finally if you intend to connect with your family via video device there are a number of interesting solutions. Personal presence devices (Padbot) and others such as Jibo and Canary offer you the opportunity to interact at different levels. There is the easiest level to set-up (view) and the hardest (two way interaction including audio) so consider carefully what you want to have in place.
The last two components of this report will be available either here or on the CT&I web site.