This article concerns itself with the creation of office automation systems that have the potential to transform workplaces into “smart offices” with computerized features such as programmed light switches, voice command systems and remote security cameras. While such systems streamline office operations, similar automation will become available to consumers to control household functions, including lighting, heating and cooling, entertainment equipment and security systems. After discussing the range of possibilities, this article concludes with a list of steps readers can take to find the right technology for their circumstances.

Source: Claire Ince, Master of Your Domain, Black Enterprise, Sep, 2006

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