The smart home revolution is upon us and will transform the way we live. For the majority of the homeowners across the country this evolution will take another decade or two but here in New York City the transformation will be much quicker. As it was in 2016, the 2017 Computer Electronics Show (CES) was dominated by new products for the home. Google, Amazon, Apple and Samsung (a few of the larger players) introduced a number of new products that should ultimately make the inside and outside of your property smarter and more efficient. Technology has advanced so far in this space that free-standing robots were introduced as part of your interior landscape. These free-roaming bots are loaded with sensors, cameras, voice-activation features and personality/charm to serve any number of functions, including companionship. This year’s CES didn’t sit well with the dog and cat worlds.
The consumer will have the opportunity to weigh-in on the new devices and determine what does and doesn’t provide value to your everyday life. That said, the key component that makes all of this new technology work is your WiFi. Without a stable, consistent and reliable WiFi backbone the owner of this technology will not enjoy any of the advertised benefits.
Before you get too far down the path of retrofitting your home you need to assess your WiFi service and its ability to service your home. This may be less of an issue in smaller New York City apartments but as the apartment gets larger and more broken up those plaster walls and non-linear sight lines will start to compromise the integrity of the system. One of the leading solutions in this space is Ruckus Wireless. If you are working with a smart home solutions provider make sure they are looking at Ruckus for your wireless solution.
Our developer client at 4 Bedford Street has just finished a newly renovated 5-story townhouse that will be coming to market the week of January 16th. This LEED-certified home is a rare combination of a Federal period townhouse with 21st century infrastructure, environmentally-friendly features and smart home technology. The townhouse technology was architected by Stereo and Video Integrators and they have created a cutting edge power grid that will provide any owner the flexibility to customize their smart home.
Some of the features include Elan touch screen controls on all floors allowing the owner to run all the smart home features from that floor. Heating and cooling remote control across all of the zones in the house minimizing the energy bills while the family isn’t in the home. Intercom, shades, music and lighting at your fingertips allowing the owner, security, scene settings and safety from anywhere in the house or the world. These features allow you to let the UPS delivery person to drop off a package inside your front door as you unlock and lock the door and watch their motion with the cameras in the parlor of the home. These technology features allow your home to be smart and much more efficient assuming your WiFi is state of the art and provides a reliable backbone for all your tech apps and features.