Chapter 23

Home Automation

23.1 Introduction

Home automation is not a novel subject. Instead, home automation products (such as X10 products) have been on the market for more than 25 years. Nonetheless, home automation has not yet reached the mass consumer market. A large and growing market for home control solutions has emerged for high-end solutions, especially in the United States. Such solutions cost $20,000–30,000, with typical projects easily costing between $50,000 and 100,000. With the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA; a largely American trade organization leads this segment) certifying over 2000 professionals and conducting a large trade show on an annual basis, the significance of this market segment is undisputed. ...

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