At sunrise, the blinds open automatically, the coffee machine begins to brew coffee on its own after getting up, and when you leave the house later, the doors and windows lock by themselves – a scenario that has already happened in many German households in this or a similar way. Around seven percent of these are currently equipped with Smart Home services. In the next three years, this proportion is expected to rise to 35 percent. Figures published by management consultants mm1 in the trend paper “Smart Home Trends and Potentials 2018”. By automating everyday processes, users benefit from increased living comfort, more security and improved energy efficiency. Great potential lies in water treatment, among other things.
The fundamental difference between a smart home and a conventional building: devices, sensors and systems communicate with each other and control certain processes independently. For a long time now, “intelligent living” has no longer been restricted to the high-price segment. It enriches everyday life in many households as well as public facilities such as hotels, schools or offices. Worldwide, some 20 billion devices and components are already equipped with their own IP address, microchip or sensor and connected to the Internet. Modern communication technologies can be used to identify them and enable them to exchange data independently. Thanks to the modular design and networking, every scenario can be freely configured – according to personal needs and the conditions of the home. Control is also particularly simple: the connected modules can be quickly and easily adapted and controlled to your own wishes via app using a smartphone, tablet or web browser. Sequences that are repeated daily can be programmed and thus automated in just a few steps. For the resident, this means a clear plus in comfort.
Home automation can also bring advantages in terms of security and energy efficiency: A smart heating system, for example, is able to heat the house precisely when the occupant is on his way home. Heating empty rooms is therefore a thing of the past. Another advantage is that residents can control or switch off the devices in their smart home while on the move – for example, the watering system for the garden. In addition, they have an overview of all data at all times: For example, if water is flowing in the house, windows are open or a monitoring system is not working reliably, the operator receives a message immediately and can react.
In a smart home or smart building, water hardness can be controlled easily via app or web browser using a smartphone, tablet or PC. JUDO has fully automatic water softening plants in its range for this purpose. The devices of the i-soft series have an intelligent water management. This allows operators to quickly and easily define different water hardness levels – depending on the situation and requirements. For setting the water hardness, the JU-Control App offers various desired water scenes – for bathing, watering the garden or refilling the heating, among other things. The optimum water hardness is stored for each scene. The control takes place via the JU-Control App. The user receives a message about important events and data as a push message, e-mail or SMS. The i-soft safe and i-soft plus water softening systems also have integrated leakage protection, which can be fully remote-controlled by smartphone, tablet or PC. The systems thus detect when large quantities of water flow, for example, in the event of a burst pipe, and automatically shut off the inflow. The ZEWA PLUS leakage protection system and the fully automatic i-dos metering pump can also be integrated quickly and easily into an intelligent building. The latter stabilises the lime in the water with a special mineral solution or protects against corrosion and brown water.