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Sure we’ve heard these terms at any time, and also sure many of us know the real extent of these words.
In short we could say that talking about digital home mean to talk about the convergence of technologies and systems applied to our comfort, leisure and security within our house. We have heard many times words like intelligent, multimedia network, IP cameras and the like. When we integrate these concepts and unify into a single system for the user, then we speak of digital home.
Trying to simplify, we can identify three levels of technology within the framework of digital home:
Media and entertainment
In this case it is to access any audiovisual content either stored or through Internet, from any audio device or screen that we have at home. We could be seeing the same movie or listening to the same disk from the living room, bedroom or kitchen. We will discuss protocols such as UPnP, DLNA and systems such as Media Center and Media Center Extender. With this scheme, for example an Xbox can connect to our network and multimedia can automatically access all the videos and music that you store on our network.
When we speak of comfort in the digital home, we talk about devices that integrate control of lighting and temperature of the home. We can create profiles for our home comfort, which automatically regulates the light of the rooms, blinds and room temperature. Here succeed as KNX protocols, digital thermostats, which properly configured can access the system from the handset, for example to turn on the heat before coming home.
This level, home security refers to the various video recording devices, presence, alarms and sensors to provide security at home. We can for example see in real time from the mobile what’s happening in our kitchen, or trigger an emergency call with the push of a button on a screen in our house. Without doubt the key to the digital home is the integration and interoperability of these levels you and for that we must fulfill the following conditions:
- One or more physical networks interconnected
In this case we can choose different network technologies: wired Ethernet, wireless or PLC fundamentally. The first two are the most common when talking about multimedia networks, while PLC (network based on the power line) is more common when we talk about comfort, lighting and other aspects of home automation. So we might be combining a network based on wifi network for multimedia and another based on PLC for comfort.
- A main controller, content and communications server
On the one hand, our network will need a multimedia content server on the other hand, our network of comfort you will need a computer that controls all the devices that compose it.
- A single user interface and simplified
Located in the controller and client server to the scheme should be a single user interface that allows us to access and manage all the multimedia content and the various means of comfort.