In many of our projects, including this one, we implement ‘Astronomic Functionally’. Quite simply this means that various automatic functions of the Home Automation system are governed by seasonal factors rather than set times. A good example of this would your homes exterior lighting.
It is desirable for external lights to turn on and gradually ramp up at dusk, and turn back off again at a predetermined time after this. However dusk in summer occurs at a different time than in winter. An astronomic clock calculates the daily sunrise and sunset times, allowing you to trigger events based around these times. This is a much better solution than needing to reprogram stop start times at various intervals during the year.
This is another technology which continues to gain in popularity. Finger print access is one of the most secure access systems available. Traditional access systems such as keys, cards, pin numbers etc. can be lost, copied, shared or stolen. Finger print access is unique to the individual and therefore cannot be reproduced or shared.
It is possible to give limited biometric access. For example if you know your cleaners are regularly there on a certain day you can set up the system to recognise their finger print during specific hours on that day. Outside of those hours access for that individual will be denied.