Home automation (also called domotics) is the residential extension of "building automation". It is automation of the home, housework or household activity. Home automation may include centralized control of lighting, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), appliances, and other systems, to provide improved convenience, comfort, energy efficiency and security. Home automation for the elderly (Senior Housing) and disabled can provide increased Quality Of Life for persons who might otherwise require caregivers or institutional care. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_automation
To be integrated into a Home Server?