The smart home revolution

Simplifying the sometimes not so simple.

Imagine being able to see who is at the door and let them in while you’re cooking in the kitchen; to control the lights and home audio system with your voice; or to even have a house that welcomes you home with the lights, heating and music already on. All of this is possible with a fully integrated smart home solution, says Skopik’s, Darren Hogg.

With over 20 years of experience in the ICT and AV industry, Skopik is a specialist when it comes to smart home solutions. Offering everything from design and concepts, wiring, security systems, audio visual, wireless solutions, IT, electrical and lighting, Skopik really is
a one-stop shop for all things techy.

“Don’t think that you can only have a smart home if you’re building a new house, either. Every home can be a smart home, even if it was built years ago,” says Darren.

“If you’re considering any form of home automation, or even just a basic WiFi solution, talk to a professional early in the design process, so they can ensure your system is tailor-made to your requirements.”

With continual advances in smart home technology and devices it can sometimes be quite daunting knowing where to begin.

“Regardless of the simplicity or complexity of the final system, the most important thing when implementing a smart home solution is the planning and pre-wire stage,” says Darren. “Installing a structured wiring solution is a smart investment to future-proof your home.”

Skopik’s top tips and services to consider when planning a smart home are:

• Make a list of zones within the home, as well as the services and equipment that you would like to access in each zone.
• Services to consider:
• Automation and integration
• Audio visual
• MATV (Sky/Freeview)
• Communication and network (data/phone/WiFi)
• Security, access control and CCTV
• Electrical and lighting
• Climate control
• Blinds, shades, curtains and louvres
• Energy efficiency and management

• Equipment to consider: TVs, projectors, speakers, lights, touch-screens and WiFi access points.

If you don’t immediately require a service, but might at a later stage, ensure the necessary cabling is installed during the pre-wire stage, as this will eliminate the need for a costly retro-fit later down the track.

• Visualise where technology will reside, this will indicate where wall plates and outlets need to be installed, and what styles and colour schemes will complement the rest of your home.

• Consider the most logical locations for CCTV, security and access control hardware to be installed. This will minimise delays in the event of an emergency.

• Ensure cabling is installed safely, securely and in accordance with rules and regulations to avoid electrical hazards, interference and damage.

If you’re interested in implementing a smart home solution, or would simply like to discuss the possibilities for your home, get in touch with the team at Skopik by calling 0800 SKOPIK (756 745) or visiting the website at