The company says that its Comfort Intelligent Home System can help homebuilders to meet targets for sustainable construction. Specifically, Cytech Europe cites three UK standards: Lifetime Homes for accessible and adaptable housing, Assistive Living for domestic independence in an ageing population, and the mandatory Code for Sustainable Homes.
Key features of the Comfort system include: an interactive voice menu that can operate in any of nine languages and allows Comfort to be controlled from any remote or home telephone; the ability to institute event-triggered reminder messages and voice announcements; dial-out to carers or family members if there is no activity in the home for an unusually long period of time; Conditional Logic Programming that allows conditions to be tested in order for actions to be determined and taken; the ability of the system's talking keypads to communicate with other keypads around the home and with the door station; security-boosting door stations; and monitoring/control capability for heating, lighting, appliances, curtains and blinds.
L Y Chiu, director and founder of Cytech Technology, told IE Residential: "Comfort is uniquely suited to Assistive Living applications (and consequently Lifetime Homes Standard) with its voice prompts, reminders, announcements and conditional logic programming capabilities. One of the key advantages is its very powerful programming capabilities, based on event-triggered responses that allow customisation to the user needs. Another is the range of external interfaces to most third-party lighting and control systems like KNX, C-Bus, ZWave, Dynalite, Lutron and X10. Comfort is very open, with modular interfaces to RS-232, USB and Ethernet."