Voice commands, the internet of things and thinking the relationship between user and technology are some of the factors that will shape the development of automation in the coming years.

Richard St.

Unlike the commercial AV industry, which is constantly growing but changing the concept, home automation, and control solution, it has mutated into a management solution digital signals. That is its true application and value. Roman defines Ceriani, CEO of ICAP Ibérica, the current status of home automation.

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In conversation with AVI LATINOAMÉRICA, the director of ICAP, a company with a significant share in the world AV Latin and with extensive experience in the residential sector, he spoke about the state of automation in our region and technology trends that are living and they come in the near future. He stressed that one of the most important changes in recent years is the role of the user

"We are all the time feeling the change of user behavior. More and more milenials technology users with different usage and behaviors that are driving installations 'custom installation' more than anything. They depend on a home automation solution that has a user interface similar to most who know which are the interfaces of mobile. Seek functional solutions and responsive to the activity considered normal day to day, consistent with the way entering environments and interact with entertainment and services, ie your home cinema, music and, Moreover, with the services that have to do with security, lighting and air conditioning, "he said.

In that sense, home automation is no longer centered on the control platform for all services if not how the user interacts. And this is the challenge. So we talk about the internet of things and of connected households. The challenge for integrators is to understand what is the intelligence with which the user communicates with these devices and applications. From home automation you have to be creating solutions tailored to the needs of today.

He added that "when a user enters a room, often meets your things from your mobile or you can do from a keyboard wall or by voice control. The latter option was one of the topics of Cedia 2016 and will be one of the great challenges for the integrator and industry, because it will have many spaces which will be very useful and others will not be naturally applied ".

Green AV Concept
Another change that Roman Ceriani considered fundamental for home automation is the way of thinking projects. They must be addressed as a platform home of the future, in terms of energy saving, recycling, a green world, not just comfort. An example is the LED lighting, which generates energy savings and impact on the environment.

"Think from the comfort of home automation, service management, with the optimization of resources and a more modern world, which cares for the environment. Green AV is a concept that begins to look more and is related to the diversity of integrators. As an ideal wanted it to look more and be included among the solutions offered to users. There are elements that are embodied in the life of new users of technology, milenials and those who come after, who make decisions thinking about the environment, "he said.

To achieve this, the key is that developers have incorporated the concept of sustainability. Today we can and should think of buildings and homes that can grow and adapt according to how technology advances. And therefore, proposes the director of ICAP, you have to migrate from technology or brands to think about platforms and that they can to adapt to future needs.

He said "green concept is what allows us to start thinking about these effects of what I'm designing. What is the impact on the environment and behaviors medium and long term solutions? This suggests a new paradigm facing the design, construction conceive that new future adaptability. "

One of the obstacles is the implementation of the green concept in audiovisual projects is the short term Latin economies, its impact on the economics of the project. It is also important that institutional actors involved in this issue. Some international as the Green Council, the Global Presence Alliance and other country as government agencies.

As for the technology, which comes to the future of home automation are audio solutions suitable for different spaces and services, the advent of voice control achieving value for users and, without doubt, the internet of things .

Roman Ceriani stressed that "for me are these three fronts, the audio and we are living and the rest is on the way, are presenting solutions. About voice control, it is by checking the value for different solutions and that will not happen the same with gesture control, which failed because it was not natural for people. Virtual reality is another issue that remains to be seen if an entertainment solution. In Cedia 2016 had minimal involvement virtual reality ".

Some manufacturers control software are making alliances with developers to voice control their processors can read applications that have to do with these devices and these actions and to integrate voice control into their existing systems.

The Internet of things is another aspect that are influencing home automation. It is a real concept, which is spoken for several years. It is true that more and more objects will be connected and here to stay, but it is so broad spectrum of applications for integrators the challenge is knowing where the value is for a client.

According to Roman Ceriani, the internet of things is a huge concept that is very strong but which generates a very deep commitment to finding value opportunities for clients what information is useful at home connected to a person?

"And this I saw in the launch of new products this year, as Apple Alexa, which is under the Internet of things, with a family of actuators that will allow useful results for each individual. In the end, the new user will be to decide whether or not a solution is successful. Not have the ability to create, but you can define and show the industry what is the way, "he stressed.

Home automation in Latin America
Residential solutions integrators in Latin America are growing, both in knowledge and coverage. The development of technology has forced them to move to a world of applications and are doing well. In general, the integrator has changed profile how the user consumes it. There is an opportunity that is bound to change.

In this regard, Roman Ceriani noted that "Latin America is still a step back from what happens in other countries. Getting closer, but still behind. It has to do with the economic development of countries remains uneven and have no security set to medium term. Also, with the volume of business developed. To develop a solution must have a business plan and visibility and many companies and industry players with possibilities give up because the immediate future is not assured. "

The development of the industry is also linked to the issue of costs. The new trend in home automation makes market solutions are lower cost but also provide comfort. The point is that there are many AV professionals who have not incorporated a control system losing all the benefits it generates.

Concluded the director of ICAP Iberian subject this is not the user, is the industry that lacks make better proposals. There are many opportunities, houses are built every day, but not all houses are built receive a full proposal of what services and benefits they can get with home automation are.

"Ideally, in Latin America talk long planning and short run, but we know that reality does not respect both this concept. Often the relationship is complex and designers or architects try to avoid some solutions that require greater complexity, ignoring the user expects these services and solutions for a house today. "

Richard Santa, RAVT
Author: Richard Santa, RAVT
Journalist from the University of Antioquia (2010), with experience in technology and economics. Editor of the magazines TVyVideo + Radio and AVI Latin America. Academic Coordinator of TecnoTelevisión & Radio.


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