SSZTCT9 april   2015 CC3200 , HDC1000 , LMP91000


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Marc Royer

It’s hard to believe that just a few short years ago, the only automation commonly found in homes consisted of a security system communicating to an alarm company through a plain old telephone service (POTS) line. The reality of a smart home was more or less nonexistent, and while home automation beyond a simple security system was available, the installation base was typically limited to only very high-end homes, making the technology out of reach to most.


The landscape looks much, much different today. Technological advancements have made what was unaffordable just a few years ago (and what required professional installation) affordable and targeted to the “do-it-yourselfer.” Take a stroll through your favorite home improvement store or search the Internet for “smart home” to see what’s available. You’ll find many install-it-yourself products enabling you to enhance the IQ of your home. You can control the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system and other home appliances; unlock and open doors; turn lights on and off; and view video surveillance, all controllable from nearly anywhere in the world through your smartphone.

But what fun is there in just installing off-the-shelf products when you can (relatively) easily create your own custom solution using a TI Designs reference design as a starting point? With over 150 TI Designs reference designs for Building Automation there is an easy, searchable starting point for you to find a proven reference design to increase a home or building’s IQ.  Here are a few selected examples from the library: the advancement of low-power wireless transmission and environment-sensing electronics now make it easy and affordable to do things like sense and transmit humidity and temperature from nearly any room in a home or building (without knocking holes in walls and running meters of cable), control power-efficient LED lighting wirelessly, or get super fancy and automate your HVAC based on the number of people in a room.