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Energy automation: Levelling up smart homes of tomorrow

October 24, 2018
In recent years smart homes have evolved to provide comfort, entertainment, efficiency and ease of use to homeowners throughout New Zealand. However, new developments mean that smart homes are now integrating energy automation into systems already in place, enabling users to have a home that maximises energy use and reduces their carbon footprint. Why does clean energy matter? Clean energy, otherwise known as renewable energy, generally refers to energy sources or solutions that create less pollution, are more sustainable and are better for our natural environment. Examples of clean energy sources are hydroelectricity via turbines, geothermal heating or electricity, wind turbines, bioenergy from biological sources, solar energy, and marine energy from waves and tides. Solar power is currently most common way to incorporate renewable energy into your home. However, smart home integrators and providers are beginning to incorporate not only hardware elements but energy automation software into their offerings, advancing the possibilities of clean energy for people in New Zealand and beyond. Smart homes and clean energy Tools and services designed to boost energy efficiency and sustainability in the home have existed for years, however in recent times these tools have begun to be integrated with smart homes to create a holistic system that significantly increases benefits and functionality. In smart homes of the future, solar and storage energy is incorporated to enhance how energy is used, and communication between devices provides key data points and the means to measure, control and manage energy. Smart software works to understand a home and the unique way it is used, bringing in elements such as load shedding, shaping energy use, using more or less energy on peak or off peak times, and coordinating regular power from the utility-managed electrical grid with alternative energy sources such as solar power. In addition, new energy-focused features can incorporate intelligent energy storage and usage with backup batteries and fail-safe options. Energy as part of a total system When integrated with existing intelligent systems, energy becomes another key feature to be accessed and controlled from the central touchscreen panel of a smart home. Homeowners have access to information about their energy consumption and can manage their energy usage as they would their lighting, music, security and other home elements. At present, energy automation is said to best suit homeowners who are concerned about climate change and renewable or clean energy sources, as well as homeowners who are interested in having a robust energy system in place that will continue to function during unexpected outages and power failures. However, dubbed a ‘dynamic new category’, it represents a great opportunity to anyone wanting to become more conscious of how their home functions and invest in their future. Developers and integrators such as Crestron are helping to advance this new feature, and in coming years it is expected that energy automation will enable the smart home to improve the lives of not only those living there but the community as a whole, and bring true value in the form of

Who Are the Best IT Companies in Auckland?

September 19, 2018
Looking for an IT Service Provider in Auckland? Over the years, we’ve found our customers often want to know what IT service providers are available in Auckland, and how to know they’re getting the best deal. Here at Real IT we want our customers to be as informed as possible, so we’ve put together a snapshot list of quality IT providers and an info-graphic with some helpful guidelines you should take into account when deciding on your final IT provider. In no particular order, all of the following companies are, in our opinion, companies worth considering alongside Real IT as an your local IT company & support provider: CodeBlue CodeBlue delivers IT services in Grafton, a suburb of Auckland, and the North Shore, as well as four other locations around New Zealand. Primarily this provider focuses on mid-sized companies and offers IT support services managed by an SLA, including CIO services, backup and data recovery, cloud services, cyber security services and procurement. Gorilla Technology Focusing on managed IT services and IT support, Gorilla Technology offers consulting and services throughout New Zealand, and is headquartered in Central Auckland. Gorilla Technology’s areas of expertise are information technology and telecommunications services and management. Within this the company offers outsourced IT support; business strategy; Mac, Windows and servers support; mobile device management; and solutions and updates services. Tier4 Working out of East Tamaki in Auckland, Tier4 supplies professional IT support for business professionals from small to large organisations. Tier4 works across known apps and computing infrastructure and offers key services including technology supply – both hardware and software, cloud computing services, continuity services to protect business data, and support packages in three tiers. Revolution IT Located in Penrose in Auckland, Revolution IT offers IT support, service and solutions to New Zealand businesses, primarily those in Auckland. Revolution IT has four key areas of focus: IT support, both hands on and remote; cloud computing; cloud backup as a disaster recovery plan; and VoIP phone systems and hardware. In addition, Revolution IT provides support and maintenance, network architecture and design, virtualisation, hosted exchange email filtering, and business grade internet solutions. Think IT Think IT, based in Mount Wellington, Auckland, provides IT support for small and medium businesses in Auckland. The company offers managed services for monitoring, proactive maintenance and reactive support. In addition, it offers IT consulting, including roadmap planning, change consulting, software licensing advice, proposal vetting and network surveys/. IT consulting and systems support includes systems maintenance, sited engineering and remote support. At its crux, Think IT says it designs and provides hardware, networks and systems for customers. Belton Providing a range of IT support, managed IT support, cloud computing services and hardware, Belton is an IT company running out of Penrose in Auckland. When it comes to support, Belton covers onsite support, installation of hardware, remote and phone support, and general maintenance. With the managed service option Belton covers monitoring, maintenance and comprehensive support. Businesses are also able to tap into the company’s cloud

What makes a secure smart home for New Zealanders?

September 10, 2018
What makes a secure smart home for New Zealanders? When it comes to smart home systems, security features are a core component that can enhance a user’s experience, providing them peace of mind that their home is safe and secure at all times – both when they are onsite and when they are away from the property. Smart home security features generally consist of specific devices such as alarms and cameras, as well as integrated applications within the overall system. Smart home systems advance tried and tested methods Common home security measures, including locking doors and windows, installing sensor-controlled automatic lights and installing alarms have been around for decades. Today, alarm systems that detect intruders and contact authorities as soon as a breach occurs are still commonly used. However, smart home systems are proving to advance traditional security. These systems put more control in the hands of the homeowner by providing greater information on what’s happening inside of the home, as well as providing the ability to put both preventative and responsive measures in place. Securing your home: cameras, alarms and automation At Real IT we consider security to be a crucial element of any smart home system deployment. Our electrical services for smart home deployment includes security and access control, CCTV cameras and automatic gates – all of which significantly improve the overall security of the home and prevent any unwanted guests. More specifically, our experienced team will deploy integrated, smart security and alarm systems to secure the property from day one. In addition, CCTV cameras and automatic gates are deployed depending on the user’s home and requirements. For all CCTV systems, we supply, install and maintain all devices. We specialise in a variety of host surveillance equipment and security camera systems, as well as intercom and gate systems, so each system can be integrated with smart home controls and tailored to your specific needs. Securing your home: smart data and access control Once the smart home system is up and running homeowners can use flexible access control systems to select who has access to which door, track comings and goings, and provide one-time access codes. The integrated solutions provided by Real IT combines sensor data with audio and video footage, and also links to other smart subsystems including lighting, motorised shades and audio. This ensures users receive real time notifications about strange activity at their property, and can also monitor device use. Having remote access means owners can also maintain the home from afar – for instance, if they leave for a business trip or a holiday, they can turn lights or audio on and off to make it look like they are still home. Another key factor of our smart home systems is keyless entry. With this, users can create access control via tags, key fobs, remotes, keypads or even biometric access. This also logs who is entering and exiting the property, and gives the option to give specific codes to specific people or for a one

Heralding a new phase of smart buildings: the wellness standard

August 17, 2018
Our environment has a huge impact on our health. In fact, there is mounting evidence that different factors of buildings influence our wellbeing, including indoor exposure to lighting, noise, overall atmosphere quality. Solidifying the significance of this is the world’s first wellness building standard, known as the WELL Building Standard. Launched by Delos, the wellness building technology firm, the standard is backed by medical and architecture research and blends design and construction best practices. According to Delos, the standard is the result of seven years of work and the collaboration between leading scientists, doctors, architects and thought leaders. It focuses specifically on how buildings impact the wellness of those who live and work within them, and how different elements can be intuitive and automated to enhance wellbeing, thus heralding a new way of thinking about smart buildings. The nuts and bolts: breaking it down Similar to how the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Envrionmental Design) accreditation process works, the WELL certification is based on performance and requires reaching a certain threshold. The performance requirements are divided into seven key concepts which focus on the ultimate aim of optimising the health of the occupant. The seven concepts are air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. Spaces and buildings that pass the score for each of the seven categories are awarded one of the three levels: silver, gold or platinum, and receives the WELL certification. The standard is inclusive of a variety of types of buildings, from commercial offices, to hotel chains, apartment buildings, warehouses and even schools. In addition, the certification is available to projects at any stage, whether newly constructed, undergoing renovation or already existing. The WELL Building Standard in action According to Delos, there are a number of benefits that existing spaces gain from working towards becoming wellness certified. For one, the building owners or operators are able to identify what low cost but high impact changes they can implement into the design, operations and policy levels that will directly improve the health and wellbeing of occupants. In addition, change makers can boost customer and employee satisfaction by displaying significant commitment to their comfort and value, while also using the certification to boost the value of their building asset and its widespread appeal. Already, thousands of projects in 37 countries have been WELL certified or are in the process of being certified. Delos has also rolled out DARWIN, the wellness intelligence platform which showcases what buildings that are WELL certified can offer. DARWIN is an intelligent software system that works with existing smart home hardware to create a ‘wellness ecosystem’, focusing on the core components of lighting, temperature, air quality, water quality and sound. Using key data points, the system intuitively understands how the room is being used and how best to optimise each factor, thus creating a space that focuses on convenience, energy and, of course, wellbeing. As the health movement continues to thrive in pockets around the globe and technology evolves, we expect the WELL Building