Advancements in linear motion systems and information technology have enabled the creation of home control systems that could be operated remotely from a mobile device. The automation system relies on connections of different linear motion systems in home installations to the phone applications that enable the user to control each of the installations singly or simultaneously. This technology has led to development of high-precision linear actuators to allow smooth continuous linear movements in controlling of home installations. Smart-Home technology is applied in home installations such as thermostats, water fountains controllers, sprinklers, water heaters, curtains and blinds, and pool pumps among other home installations.
Linear actuators are key components in linear motion systems in that the actuate motion of various components to initiate specific movement of installed components. Various ready-to-mount linear actuator modules are integrated into different mechanical, electro-technical and electronic motion components in various home installations such as sprinklers, lighting systems, doors, windows, curtains and blinds, and heaters among others. Linear actuator modules used in these systems have multiple linear axes with toothed belts that are connected to the electronic, mechanical and electrical components of the home installations. In order to connect the linear actuator modules to mobile devices for remote control, the electrical, mechanical and electro-technical components of the linear actuators are connected to home installations and to the home automation controller device. The home controller device has multiple slots for different linear motion systems depending on the home installations the user has. The controller device acts as the central point from which commands executed by the user are channeled to the linear actuator of a specific home installation system.
Android and iPhone Applications
There are specific android and iPhone software applications designed to connect the home automation controller device to the user. According to http://12vactuators.com, the mobile application enables the user to see the installed actuator components for each home installation and provides numerous options on desired actions the user could take. For instance, connected lighting systems be activated or turned “ON” remotely through commands sent to the home automation control system. Software applications such as Smart Home Android Application are installed on the android phone to read the connections of electrical, electronic, electro-technical and mechanical motion components of linear actuator modules to the control unit.
To connect the android application to the linear motion systems through the automation controller, a Wi-Fi connection is required. The internet connection facilitated by an active Wi-Fi signal creates the medium through which commands from the Android or iPhone application reach the automation controller unit. Some of android applications such as Savant App allow the user to group various installations such as lighting systems for different rooms on a single interface where they can monitor and control each of the installations.
Compatibility and Control
Most of the applications are specifically designed to meet certain compatibility phone requirements. For instance, some of the applications such as Loxone App are compatible with iOS version 7 or Android version 4.4 and above, and therefore would not be effective in lower versions. The Wi-Fi connection allows the user to control all home installations connected to the automation unit and activated on the android or iOS on iPhone devices. This implies that the user can send commands remotely within the radius of the Wi-Fi connection or from miles away as long as there is a working Wi-Fi connection.