Remote Switching Systems
Remote switching systems provide the link technologies which make building automation - especially home automation - sufficiently flexible to be a viable option for homeowners and business users. Mobile access ensuring a two-way communication is usually provided via tablet and smartphone connections. These enable users to remotely monitor, program and control the system operation and the features of any attached equipment. Thus comfort, energy-saving, security and other functions can be adapted, for example to suit new priorities or prevailing weather conditions. Remote control systems also facilitate status checks, the call up of historical data, and in the case of video monitoring networks, the real-time viewing of various live camera feeds. Among others, the primary producers of remote switching components are eQ-3, ELRO, Eaton, Omnio and Abus. Whilst remote mobile connectivity is usually achieved via Wi-Fi and telecom technologies, a variety of other technologies are also used for power, data transmission to and from multiple sources, and control purposes including Bluetooth 4.0, powerLAN networks, Remote 2 applications and SMS messages. Though radio bus systems are the most common method of system control, remote switching network components frequently combine technologies to streamline their function – as occurs, for example, with the use of battery-less radio window contact solar-power generators.