Do you automate your essentials?

Last updated by Brook Jeynes [SSW] 6 months ago.See history

Home and office automation can drastically improve the security, comfort, and accessibility of a space. And if we're being honest - it's just plain cool!

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Sometimes it can be hard to decide what to automate, or where to even begin. Let's take a look at SSW's top 3 automation essentials!

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Whether it's your home or office, security should always be your highest priority. It's also one of the areas that benefit the most from automation. Automating your lock and unlock processes saves you from forgetting to lock the back door, or arming your alarm.

A true story

  • Bob and Tim are working late.
  • Bob is getting ready to leave, so does the "office sweep" and checks that the back doors are locked - all good!
  • Tim packs up, sees that Bob is still around, and thinks "Bob's still here - he'll lock up" and unlocks the back door to leave.
  • Bob, having already done the office sweep, packs up his things and leaves through the front door, locking it as he goes.
  • Everyone comes in the next day, and all the laptops have been stolen!

Fewer steps means fewer mistakes

Imagine this common scenario: Bob Northwind has worked late, and is getting ready to leave the office for the evening. He...

  • Switches all the lights off
  • Closes all the blinds
  • Locks the side and back doors
  • Arms the security system
  • Locks the front door and walks out

Bob then realises he left tonight's dinner in the fridge - oh no! Back into the office he goes...

  • Unlock the front door
  • Disarm the security system
  • Switch the lights on
  • Get dinner from the fridge
  • Switch the lights off
  • Arm the security system
  • Walks out the front door

A small disruption to his standard routine, and Bob accidentally forgets to lock the front door. This kind of thing happens all the time.

Now let's look at how this would work with an automated office.

  • Bob walks to the front door
  • He opens his automation app, and taps the "lock office" button
  • Walks out the front door

Bob then realises he left tonight's dinner in the fridge - oh no! Back into the office he goes...

  • Bob scans his fingerprint on the door security system
  • Gets dinner from the fridge
  • Opens the automation app, and taps the "lock office" button
  • Walks out the front door

By automating the lock and unlock processes using an app and a smart front door, both now only require a single step. This vastly reduces the likelihood of human error in the most vital (and common) office processes.


Another huge win for automation is improving energy usage of your home or office. It is essential to be able to program AC units, heaters, and other energy-hungry devices to automatically switch off when nobody is around. Even better - automatically turn on only when conditions are met (such as room temp being above or below certain thresholds). These improvements can drastically reduce the energy consumption of your spaces, and improve the comfort level of your family/workers.


Automating your lighting ensures people are able to safely navigate your home or office spaces without needing to fumble with switches (or give up and walk in the dark). Manually using light switches is a thing of the past now we have sensors.

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