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`Intelligent' homes to come up in Pune

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Visitors, welcome and unwelcome, are screened at the main gate to the complex where their image is transmitted to individual homes. The complex's security system will, among other things, use motion detectors and a smart access card given to apartment owners, to ensure security to all its denizens.

Pune , June 21

PROSPECTIVE home buyers here can now look forward to some exciting times what with a Pune-based construction house tying up with an information technology company to design wi-fi-enabled homes of the future, that one usually read about in newspapers and magazines.

Named Wonder Futura homes, the Rs 15-crore project on the outskirts of the city promises to be the first `intelligent' housing complex in the country that will offer hassle-free communication, entertainment, security and information to residents through a tiny smart box powered by broadband Internet connectivity.

"Providing broad-band connectivity does not add value to the occupants of homes, what this will do is to give them features that are user-friendly and make their daily lives easier," says Mr Manoj Agarwal, Director, Wonder Homes.

The denizens of Wonder Futura homes will have a host of facilities, which will leverage the power of the broadband and smart solutions, which are being designed by technology providers to the project, Aftek Infosys. Keeping an eye on kids playing in the sprawling apartment complex will be child's play for parents who have to merely use digital home server screen to track their whereabouts.

Visitors, welcome and unwelcome, are screened at the main gate to the complex where their image is transmitted to individual homes. The complex's security system will, among other things, use motion detectors and a smart access card given to apartment owners, to ensure security to all its denizens, says Mr Chandrashekhar Raje, Product Manager, Aftek Infosys.

The complex, which will have a thousands flats when completed in the next three years, will gradually develop features designed to makes the lives of its denizens easier, says Mr Agarwal.

The wi-fi-enabled homes will offer features such as wireless televisions which will make it easier to move television sets to different rooms without the hassle of arranging for cables. The digital home serving screen will also double up as a device, which will display messages sent from mobiles, a personalised answering machine which offers privacy to individual occupants of the house and a device for automation of the home.

For instance, occupants can set their smart box to wake them up in the morning at a predetermined time, to get the kettle going for a steaming cup of tea or get the rice cooker and the oven going for the evening meal!

Aftek Infosys is in the business of embedded technologies for devices as also developing enterprise wide software development for clients in the US and Europe. The company also makes smart card-based products for the domestic market.

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