Home owners could soon be using just one app to control the heating, lighting and power.
Brtitish home automation developer Lightwave RF developed the app to allow its smart domestic heating, power and lighting systems to be monitored and controlled using a smartphone or tablet.
Using the app, home owners can link up to six smartphones or tablets to their LightwaveRF system, allowing them to remotely turn on and off any LightwaveRF devices installed in their home, set timers and events at the touch of a button, and to monitor their energy usage and costs.
Lightwave RF said: “In the fast-evolving home automation scene, this app is unmatched, since competitive systems cannot control heating, power and lighting all from the same place.”
The LightwaveRF app allows linked smartphones to remember up to 32 ‘events’ – a sequence of actions such as if a person is working late, the app won’t turn on the heating until the user has left their office.
There are also 32 ‘timers’, which are like events but can be repeated either at the same time each day, or just weekdays or weekends.
You can even set ‘seasonal’ timers such as sprinklers to come on every evening during the summer, while a ‘Dusk & Dawn’ setting collects data that indicates when sunset will be at a user’s location and can automatically turn on lights based on this information.
The system is also secured against hacking, requiring each phone or tablet to be physically paired with the LightwaveRF Link (a hub that connects the system to the internet) by pressing a button. This means that even if a hacker got into your home network, they wouldn’t be able to control any devices without first pressing the identification button.