Simulated Occupancy allows your home to appear occupied when you are away from home. It uses Smart Lighting to enable your lights to come on and off at the right times, in the right order. For example, as you normally head to bed at night, there will be a path you follow when turning off lights and automated lighting switch off should replicate that order. Furthermore, you don’t go to bed at exactly the same time each night, so the times the lights switch off should vary each day.
Simulated Occupancy takes advantage of other Smart Home capabilities. We can lower blinds and close curtains, as well as turning on and off the TV or radio. All of these elements ensure that the house give the impressions that you are home. If someone walks up to your home, and rings the door bell, then you will be notified on your phone wherever you are. Through your phone, you can observe or speak to the person at your front door. You can also remotely open the front door should you wish.
In the morning, these routines work in reverse. Lights need to be switched off, blinds and curtains raised, morning radio stations turned on. All of these are part of Simulated Occupancy, and we can work with you to build a routine that reflects normal activities in your home.
So how does this all work, and how does your home know you are not there? Taking advantage of our Smart Security capabilities we will know the status of the alarm system. Is it not set, or is it set for overnight mode, or away mode? This, and a few other items all add to the intelligence of your Smart Home. These inputs allow us to be able to control what happens, and when. It also means that should you only be popping out for a short while, these routines can be stopped the moment you return home.
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