Smart home automation trends for renovations and new builds currently include cloud managed smart home automated systems. This also includes smart home automation frameworks and smart technologies designed to blend in with a consumer’s décor. There are wireless on/off controls, automated door locking systems and more advanced security systems.

The team at Style Plus | Renovations Auckland take a quick look at what are the smart home automation trends:

  1. Cloud Based Home Automation.
  2. Apple’s Home Automation Framework.
  3. Philips HUE.
  4. Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt Lock.
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Cloud Based Home Automation

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The cloud is the Internet, more precisely; it is where you can access things remotely over the Internet. When something is in the cloud, it means it is stored on servers on the Internet instead of on your computer. It lets you access your calendar, email, files, and more from any computer that has an Internet connection. There are many reasons to use the cloud but the main reasons are convenience and reliability. When it comes to Home Automation leveraging the cloud requires a framework for its management.

econnecx™ is an internet based home automation solution that provides the ability to control your home’s energy, environment and security from anywhere in the world. econnecx™ is made in New Zealand and supported by the industry’s leading companies.

When it comes to implementation, it can be easily installed by a qualified electrician. A discrete econnecx automation device is installed beside your new or existing switchboard, and connected to the wiring system of your home or office. econnecx™ will then be customised to your needs and is discussed with your electrican on site. econnecx™ can be installed in new homes or during a home renovation.

The econnecx™ smart phone app provides simple and fast access for day to day use of your econnecx™ system. As the econnecx™ system is internet based, updates occur automatically so you do not have to do anything. When you subscribe to econnecx™ you will receive your own unique and secure login and password. You can have multiple user logins for one econnecx™ device. This allows you access to the user friendly interface which controls your selected electrical fittings and appliances.

A typical econnecx™ installation costs $2,400 + GST plus an annual subscription fee of $80 + GST. This fee covers all updates to your system over time to ensure that it is always current.

Apple’s Home Automation Framework


HomeKit, is Apple’s home automation framework. It works through the apps that control each of your home products. For example, if a smart lock was integrated with HomeKit, people could use an app on their iPhones or speak a command to Siri, Apple’s voice-controlled virtual assistant, to unlock a door. Using Siri to handle voice commands when a person is not in their house requires an Apple TV, which works as a gateway to a home network. To use HomeKit, you need an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 8.1 or later. You also need one or more HomeKit-enabled accessories. These include lights, locks, thermostats, smart plugs, and more.

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Philips HUE


With the Philips Hue connected bulbs and wireless bridge you are able to create your personal wireless lighting environment. Using your iPhone or iPad from wherever you are, you are able to control it.

You can connect up to 50 Hue light bulbs to a single system, while using as much as 80% less energy than traditional bulbs.

The Hue bridge is the interface between your bulbs and your smart phone app. Once your light bulbs are installed, just download the free app to your smartphone or tablet. The first time it opens it will search for your bridge and connect to the lights. When that’s done, you can use the app to control your wireless bulbs.

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The Philips Hue 9W, E27 Screw, Starter Pack which includes the Hue bridge retails at $279.95.

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Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt Lock


Compatible with Apple HomeKit technology, the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt lock and its companion app let you unlock your door with a request to Siri on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. It also offers a convenient illuminated touchscreen if you would rather enter a key-code.

The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt lock is designed to work with Apple HomeKit using Bluetooth Smart technology. It meets the highest industry rating for security and durability with built-in alarm technology that senses potential door attacks. The lock holds up to 30 access codes at a time and is easy to set up and program using the Schlage Sense app.

The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt retails at $499.95.

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