Makook Smart Living Special: 8 Key Things You Should Know About Home Automation


In this Makook Home Special, we are treated to an interview with Mr. Nasri Tehini, CEO of Makook Smart Living. 

Authored by John Larson

In this Makook Home Special, we are treated to an interview with Mr. Nasri Tehini, CEO of Makook Smart Living. 

Authored by John Larson

* What would you define as a fully automated home?

This definition will vary depending on the size of the home and the needs of its occupants. If you are a single person in a one bedroom apartment, your automation needs could be fairly simple and the keys could be integration of entertainment, monitoring, a few automated functions, notification and multi-screen access and control from anywhere. If you have a large family in a six bedroom home with an external Majlis and constant family and friends visiting and staying in your guest rooms, then your automation needs are going to be far more complex. In either case and everywhere in between, the key is having a system and platform that integrates everything in one place so that all the individual elements can work together.

From the utopian view, we have all seen the science fiction movie projections of fully automated homes that anticipate, talk, react, etc. The technology gets closer to this every day. As the saying goes, “Science fiction today, science fact tomorrow”.

* What sort of equipment do you need to set up an automated home?

The first and most important element of any real automated home is a central control/communication platform that integrates all of the individual devices and services in one place so that they can work together. This is what allows what seem like very complex sequences of actions to be made very simple for everyone. For example: when I walk in the door of my home, I want the lights in the hallway, living room and kitchen to come on. I want the latest news to open on my TV, and the water heater to come on so that I can have a hot shower. I also want a message sent to my spouse indicating that I am at home. We can do this today, but not if you have all these things on standalone systems that don’t work with the others. If they are not integrated with everything else, that’s not automation, that’s just an upgraded remote control.

* How many technology fans in the Middle East are opting for home automation?

To this point in time, the uptake has been somewhat sporadic and slow. There are a few logical reasons for this. It has been expensive. The products and services did not communicate with each other. Also, our automation needs have been addressed from an equipment resellers’ mentality as opposed to a service mentality. All of this has now changed.

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Ghassan Khayyat
Ghassan was tuned into the writing world on a transistor radio-wave of an unbeknownst frequency, once upon a daydream dreary. With a firm belief in Dr. Seussims and all things gadget and gizmo-tronic, he tinkers before he speaks, and chooses his words technologically. He is Editor for T3 Middle East’s Levant English publication and English website, and Associated Editor for the GCC English publication. Reach him at ghassan@t3me.com.