The home automation system takes the universal remote technology one step further. A universal remote is a device that is programmed to follow a simple command but home automation sends a command to a device or multiple devices. It can also interrogate the various bits of equipment for confirmation that a specific action has been performed.
A great number of possibilities exist as the home automation system is adjusted to individual needs and requirements. Dinner time atmosphere can easily be set up by pushing a single button or a security mode selected during the times that owners are out on a holiday. A comprehensive system can integrate entertainment, lighting and spa or hook up a remote garage door opener. However, most experts agree that it is not yet quite the time to get rid of old remote controls.