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Linked Devices – Extending the Powers of Your Home Centre 2 System
A couple of years, or perhaps months, ago, you would have had to purchase a specific device to attain a specific automation task with the Fibaro home automation system. Combining the output of multiple sensors into one to get a more powerful solution was unheard of. For instance, you either had to rely on a thermostat to regulate your AC system. If you wanted to combine the AC’s output with that of the humidifier, there was no way of coming up with a mutual setting by combining values from a temperature sensor and a humidity sensor.
Home Centre 2’s ability to link up compatible devices and let you manipulate their output when programming a scene makes this a reality. This means that either a single input can trigger multiple devices or you can use input from multiple devices to trigger an event.
Combining Multiple Sensor Input for Better Intelligence
One of the things that make human beings, and animals in general, so receptive to stimuli is their ability to combine the input from different sensory organs and use it to make a common inference. A good example is how a dog will combine looks with the sense of smell to identify a person or prey. Human beings can also combine sight and sound to differentiate a sports car from a van.
Fibaro Home Centre 2’s ability to replicate makes it a more powerful tool than it would have been if it treated each sensor in the system singly.
A good example of an automated scene that would fail if it relied on a single sensor is programming your living room blinds to roll up at 7am and the lights to go off. While this is sensible in summer since the sun will already be up, your living room will be dark at such an hour during a severe winter.
Combining a light sensor and the input from the weather forecast, on the other hand, will tell your system when it is bright enough to rely on the sun to light up the house.
Driving Multiple Devices with Single Input
Adding some responsiveness to a simple set of devices should on the other hand make all your devices more effective. For instance, linking your ceiling fan with your heater should cancel out counter productivity. A simple link up in the Home Centre 2 could dictate that the ceiling fan should go off whenever the heater comes on. This saves you the pain of having to switch off the fan in person.
The prospects of using a single event to trigger chain events in your home opens a completely new world of impressive automation options. With some devices featuring pre-programmed scenes that utilize the HC2’s device linking powers, you can never fall short of examples on what is expected of you when it comes to linking up your home.
The quest for a fully automated home heavily relies on installed devices, and how you use them. Achieving a sequence of events that activates multiple sensors without necessarily activating each sensor in person makes your home more dynamic and intelligent. Fibaro’s introduction of linked devices puts this wieldy power straight onto your fingertips.