Overview of Comfort Home Automation and Intruder Alarm System
An introduction to Cytech’s Comfort System can be viewed on this video
Comfort is a practical and affordable system which integrates Intruder Alarm, lighting and appliances in Homes and Offices to achieve Security, Comfort, Convenience and Energy Savings
Comfort is a full-featured Intruder Alarm System (EN50131-compliant) with dialer, telephone control, multiple security modes, which is linked to appliances, lights and other systems in the home.
The security system can be armed to AWAY mode (nobody at home), NIGHT mode (at bedtime), DAY mode (Doors and Windows armed), or VACATION mode (lights and appliances activated in a semi-random manner).
In the event of any alarm, the system can dial to 8 telephone numbers including Central Monitoring Station (a service which monitors alarms from alarm systems which are subscribed), and Cellular Phones to report the alarm. Each Alarm Type (Comfort has 31 preprogrammed Alarm Types like Intruder, Fire, Power Failure) can be programmed to dial to any combination of the 8 telephone numbers – for example, Intruder Alarm to Central Station and owner, Power Failure to the owner, Low Battery to the Installation company etc.
The Voice Station Intercom enables you to listen to sounds around up to 8 keypads in the home in the event of an alarm dial-out to your mobile phone. While you are listening on the phone, the Alarm Tracking feature automatically announces the location of the intruder as he is detected by motion sensors in the premises, e.g. “Kitchen Window, Living Room Movement, … “
You can dial in to your Comfort-enabled home from anywhere in the world to check if you left the lights or appliances on, or if you forgot to arm the security system, and to control your home. You can use your iPad, iPhone, Android Tablet or Android Phone to access your Comfort system
With Comfort, home security and home appliances can be linked together to act intelligently, so that for example, when the system is armed to Away Mode, all the lights, air-conditioning, or other appliances can be switched off; or when you come home at night, the car porch light and main entrance light can be turned on automatically. This is the benefit of Integration.
Comfort can control lighting, home appliances, curtains, heating, air-conditioning, home entertainment- in fact almost anything in the home.
Comfort is able to transmit infrared signals to any IR-enabled appliance like air-conditioning, TVs, sound systems, and projectors. Comfort has interfaces to popular lighting systems like C-Bus, EIB/KNX, Dynalite, Velbus, Lutron and Rako as well as the Z-Wave wireless Home automation standard, offering users the maximum flexibility to use the most suitable combination of subsystems to suit their budget and taste. Comfort is X10-compatible, i.e. it is able to talk and listen to x10-compatible lights, switches and appliances on the mains power line.
A comprehensive Voice Menu (available in several languages) allows Comfort to be controlled from any remote or home telephone. The real time status of the lights and appliances is announced so you can check before switching anything on or off.
A universal handheld remote control or the low cost RC01 can operate the whole house including the security system, even acting as a handheld keypad to arm and disarm the system.
Programmable Scene Switches in several styles (UK form factor) and colours with 4 scene buttons and indicators can be programmed for any function.
Local and remote control by PC is possible through WizComfort or third party software like the ComfortClient. With Comfort, home security and home automation is integrated together, making the home seem intelligent. For example, movement in the garden can cause an exterior light to be turned on and a warning message to be played on the outdoor speaker, and in Vacation Mode, the lights, TV and radio turn on at different but similar times each day.
There are free apps for iPad, iPhone, Android Tablets and Android Phones to allow you to use your smart phone/tablet to access your Home system
Comfort includes an advanced Answering machine with 8 mailboxes for members of the family. Each user can access his/her messages by using their own PIN code in the home phone, remote phone or keypad. Users can also leave message for other family members on the keypad. While the message is being recorded by the caller, it can be heard on the keypad, and the call can be answered if desired.
The Message LED indicator lights up when there are new messages in the system. Pressing a button tells who the new messages are for. New messages for each user can be programmed to cause a dial-out to their assigned telephone number to allow the message to be heard. Up to 10 minutes of messages can be saved in the message memory. However, you never have to erase old messages because when the memory is full, and a new message is to be recorded, the system automatically erases the oldest saved message. A new message becomes a saved message once it has been heard.
Comfort can be controlled by a handheld infrared remote control, allowing you to control any device which is connected to the system.
Select one of 12 “Room” keys, followed by one of 4 operation keys to control devices in the selected room. 16 Scene buttons activate preprogrammed scenes like “Bedtime” to switch off all downstairs lights and switch on the garden light, “Movie” to lower the projection screen and turn on the projector and other equipment, “Wake Up” to turn on the bath heating, the kettle, and the radio. There is a keypad emulation mode which acts as a handheld keypad, allowing you to arm the security system or disarm using your PIN code. Pressing 2 special buttons simultaneously causes a Panic Alarm which sounds the siren and dials for help.
Comfort can also be controlled by a learning remote control
The Door Station rings the home phones when a visitor presses the doorbell, allowing you to talk to the visitor from any phone, and to open the door or gate for the visitor. When no one is at home and the security is armed to Away Mode, the system can dial to your mobile phone to let you talk to the visitor just like you were at home, and allows you to open the door for friends, delivery staff or hired help. This can also deter prowlers checking for unoccupied homes.
The Comfort Controller, CP9000-ULT is the brains of the system. It consists of 8 inputs for Security sensors and 8 outputs for relays and Infrared signals, with built-in Auto answering with voicemail, dialer, voice menu, telephone interface, Time Programs and reminders. The Local Expansion Module (LEM01-M2) add 8 more inputs and outputs to the system. Slave Expansion Panels (SEP01-M2) also have 8 inputs and 8 outputs but can be located at diffferent locations in the premises, eg on different levels. Combinations of SEP01-M2 and LEM01-M2 allow up to 64 inputs and 64 outputs in the system. Up to 8 KP04, KP05, KP06 LCD keypads or KT03 Touchscreen keypads can be connected in a system, together with 3 Door Stations (DS01 or DS02). A Ringer Module (RGR05) is required to rung the house phones when Door stations are used. The UCM/ETH02 for IP and UCM/USB module is needed to program the system using the Comfigurator Software. It also includes an Infrared signal learner for IR signals. Up to 8 UCM Interfaces to various 3rd party lighting and electrical systems (eg C-Bus, KNX, Z-Wave, Dynalite, Lutron, Rako etc) can be added to the system to provide flexibility according to the users preferences. Many other optional modules can be included including GSM, IR receivers, Scene Control Switches