Wiring Up A Smart Home
Existing electrical installations can be transformed into a ‘smart’ home without any extra construction work or cable routing, thanks to Hager’s coviva wireless retrofittable technology.
Hager is one of the premium brands available from leading supplier ElectroMechanica (EM). The company has a longstanding relationship with the Hager group, highlights EM spokesperson Lizanne Scholtz. Hager is a leading supplier of solutions and services related to electrical installation systems for residential and commercial properties and industrial applications.
The cost and time incurred by hard-wiring systems for ‘smart’ homes has inhibited growth in this sector. However, coviva’s micro modules can be combined with a smart box and app to enable the control and monitoring functions necessary for a ‘smart’ home. The smart box itself also means less cabling through walls and rebuilding work.
Once installed behind existing switches or connection boxes, the micro modules communicate wirelessly with each other. The user is able to automate multiple functions throughout the home, including lights and blinds.
Each micro module can be linked to a button that is fast and easy to program. Designed to deliver exceptional wireless reach, the micro modules can cross through two concrete slabs indoors, and still transmit up to 30 m. Outdoors the range can extend as far as 100 m in an open field.
The technology also permits connection to a range of devices. In addition to the micro modules, Hager coviva is also a hub for managing heating/cooling and security systems and other connected objects. The modular design means that any new components can be added seamlessly in order to suit changing customer requirements.
"The Hager coviva app allows homeowners to control lights, blinds, and other home systems anywhere and at any time. In addition, customers can create their own personalised scenes and associated rules, with all data stored on the local smart box, accessible only by users for added security. Remote access is also possible via an encrypted service," Scholtz concludes.
ElectroMechanica was established in 1984 by David van den Berg as a specialised direct importer and wholesale distributor of high-end industrial electrical products, motor control switchgear and electronic automation products. A wholly-owned South African company, ElectroMechanica offers its clients state-of-the-art products, sourced from leading local and international brands, all complying with recognised international safety standards and performance specifications. For more information visit www.em.co.za