According to The Australian Financial Review, electric vehicle charging bays, biometric apartment access and smart meter technology are just a few examples of the innovations making their way into exciting new residential developments in Australia and abroad.
Notable for their emphasis on enabling sustainable lifestyles, such inclusions allow residents to control living costs and reduce their carbon footprints.
"Technology and the idea of connectivity has become integral to everyone's lives, so there's now an expectation, particularly among younger buyers, that everything within a house or apartment should also be connected," says Ed Horton from sustainable development specialists the Stable Group.
"Thanks to significant advances, the technology now exists for everything within your apartment or home to be managed from your tablet or your smartphone."
Thanks to the involvement of specialist technology provider Schneider Electric, the catalogue of innovations on offer is extensive, and includes biometric fingerprint access controls, number plate recognition (for secure car park access), in-apartment energy monitoring systems and hydronic under-floor heating.
It also features four solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations and rainwater harvesting facilities. An imbedded electricity network (incorporating a solar energy system) and push smart metering are also key draw cards.
There are systems that will report on energy consumption, as well as pricing and availability, which will then allow them to adjust appliance use to coincide with periods of cheapest energy availability.
As such, these systems will better enable residents to manage and control their expenses.
GEO fencing capability offers another means of getting your home or apartment to respond to your lifestyle needs.
Operating at any radius from 100-metres to three-kilometres, it enables designated household systems and appliances to be activated or deactivated depending on your proximity to your home.
"For example, when a smart device is detected leaving the actual home, the home can react in a certain way," explains Kim.
"It can shut off the lights, close the blinds, make sure things are locked.
"Then as you're driving back home later in the day, the home will detect your device as you approach and will start to power up again.
Once confined to the realm of Hollywood futurism, voice control is now even an option.
"Theoretically, you can use your voice to control anything you have set up under the home automation system.
"You might say, 'adjust the lighting' or 'change the channel on the TV.' It could be 'increase the volume of my stereo' or 'open this door'.
"Anything that's been set up in the home automation space can be controlled by voice - even the kettle."
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