Our CEO is running late for the Boston25 crew but this client's smart home saves the day. In this two minute segment you will learn the quick basics of smart home automation with a touch of more futuristic technology like smart mirrors.
Keyless entry means that you can enter your home without a traditional metal key. There are different technologies that enable this including WiFi, Bluetooth, Geofencing, Zigbee and Zwave to name a few – fortunately you do not need to know any of the technology speak to install or enjoy keyless entry.
Who is a good candidate to consider smart locks?
Keyless entry is a great tech upgrade for home owners, businesses, and property managers – essentially if you have a door to secure, a smart lock may be right for you. We have found that as smart home keyless entry popularity grows they are particularly popular for secondary homes and rental properties as they provide an extra level of security when primary owners are away and want to allow entry for workers or guests.
How to do you go about converting to keyless entry for your smart home?
1) Identify which lock you want to use – they are many in the market. Most of them do the same things with a different look and feel – the most important feature you will want to pay attention to is how it integrates with home automation. A stand alone smart lock is not THAT smart and will limit you with what you can do with it over time. At the end of the day, when building your smart home you will want one App or platform to control your lock, temperature, security cameras, and anything else you will want to automate.
You can say “Goodnight” to your home your lights go out, your doors are all locked, your temperature goes down – all without the need to look at your phone and pull up a bunch of applications.
*Smart Home Insider Tip: pay attention to the finishes offered, you will want it to match the aesthetics of your door. Is your door handle oil rubbed bronze? You'l likely want to choose a brand that has the tech you want as well as the matching finish to provide a seamless look.
2) Uninstall your old lock, typically just your deadbolt. Once you choose your smart lock, the second step is to uninstall your old lock. If you aren’t handy you can hire a smart home professional (like Level Up Your Home) to do it for you. The tools you will need are usually in the box. A power drill will also come in handy if you have a fairly straight forward installation.
3) Your third step is to install your new lock – one of the areas we see as a customization from a traditional installation is in is lining up the door correctly to ensure a proper fit. Professionals have special tools that allow this if you run into trouble.
4) Your last step is to connect and program your new lock. Connect your lock to your internet and explore features for programming. Most locks enable you to set several passcodes, temporary passcodes.
Technology in this space advances rapidly - what are our favorite brands right now to install for customers?
Nest X Yale Lock to work with the Google platform.
Level Up Your Home to present key insights for the smart home industry at Parks Associates’ CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES
Marlborough, MA, 12/31/2018 — Level Up Your Home announced today that Jennifer Mallett, CEO & President, Level Up Your Home will speak at the 13th annual CONNECTIONS™ Summit, hosted by Parks Associates at CES 2019 on January 8 in Las Vegas. Jen Mallett will participate in the session In Home Tech Support: Creating Consumer Confidence on Tuesday, January 8th at 12:15pm].
This session, moderated by Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates, examines how brands are leveraging proactive support to interactions to engage their customers, drive higher ROI and build consumer confidence in the safety, security and reliability of their IoT experiences.
More than 50% of consumers who set up smart home devices themselves report setup problems. "Connected products are innovating our lives; service experiences need to be designed to meet that innovation in order to drive anticipated adoption and a more effortless ownership experience" said Jennifer Mallett, CEO & President of Level Up Your Home, a national smart home service company.
The 13th annual CONNECTIONS Summit hosts more than 300 industry smart home, healthcare, connected entertainment and the Internet of Things (IoT) leaders, with sessions that analyze smart home and IoT trends and examine the implications for connected consumers and opportunities for companies to build new revenues and launch innovative business models.
“In today’s connected household, support services must expand to offer comprehensive protection for the whole home network, with knowledge of all connected devices, their capabilities, and how they interact with each other,” said Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “This service creates multiple support challenges, so cost control is another obstacle. AI and other adaptive tech innovations can help companies develop a service that is cost-effective yet still deliver positive user experiences.”
Level Up Your Home is positioned as the leading national provider of Smart Home services in the United States. Comprised of over 100 highly skilled custom integrators, the company is focused on making the ownership experience effortless. The company operates in 22 US major markets and provides clients services that range from Smart Home Consultations through whole home automation installation and long term ownership support.
About CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES
CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES is an annual research and industry event hosted by international research firm Parks Associates at CES in Las Vegas.
The 2019 CONNECTIONS™ Summit features panels examining successful consumer-focused strategies in designing and deploying IoT, smart home, and connected CE and health solutions. Leading analysts from host Parks Associates present consumer research and moderate expert discussions on crossover opportunities among these ecosystems, with insights on emerging trends, including AI, voice controls, and growing privacy concerns. CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES is THE place to be to learn about the smart home, get the latest consumer research, and network with strategic decision makers in this growing market.
The 2019 CONNECTIONS™ Summit will take place January 8 during CES, which runs January 8-11 in Las Vegas. Follow the event on Twitter at @CONN_Summit.
Started incorporating technology into your home? You are not alone Parks Associates research states in 2016 11% of households purchase a smart home device and in 2018 that number has doubled to 22% of households. So is Your Home Clever or Smart?
True Smart Homes are on cruise control. Clever homes are like a parlor trick, you talk to them, direct and manage their behavior. At Level Up Your Home we have provided the Top 5 differences between the two.
Automatically optimizes everything important in your house – it’s energy efficiency, how you entertain, how safe it is.
Anticipates what you want to do next, even before you do.
Understands your routines and preferences through learning.
Devices work together, interoperability is effortless.
Improves efficiency, safety and entertainment with some programming.
Has an understanding of you that is static.
Doesn’t understand your routines but it does recognize settings, preferences can be programmed but does not change dynamically from person to person or as preferences change.
Devices and brands do not all work together requiring separate applications or voice commands.
Requires effort and ongoing upkeep as technology changes.