The talk of the connected home has been swirling for a while, with a number of homebuilders adding home automation such as lighting controls, audio/video, and other advanced systems to new homes to entice buyers. However, with this comes the need to keep up with the latest in the connected home.

One term that is bound to impact the connected-home market is IoT (Internet of Things). Consider the recent partnership between LogMeIn, www.logmein.com, Boston, Mass., and Lutron Electronics, www.lutron.com, Coopersburg, Pa.

Last week, the companies announced the remote connectivity used to connect users of Lutron Electronics’ new Caseta Wireless solution via a smartphone or tablet is being powered by LogMeIn’s Xively IoT platform.

How will this make one connected home different from another? Built on LogMeIn’s Gravity cloud infrastructure, the Xively IoT platform supports millions of secure connections between people, devices and data. Combine that with Lutron Smart Bridge—a hub that controls Lutron Caseta Wireless dimmers and Lutron Serena and select Sivoia QS remote-controlled shades—and the end result for homeowners is the opportunity to manage Lutron devices from any iOS or Android-based phone or tablet.

The value of technology such as this is being able to connect a significant amount of devices. As home systems continue to advance, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), lighting, audio/video, and even appliances will be able to “talk” to each other.

With this particular announcement, the companies say the technology will provide users with ease of use and affordability, connectivity of the entire Caseta Wireless family, and the ability to analyze usage patterns, among other features.

For homebuilders considering the role of IoT in new homes, systems such as this could play a big part. The builders with connected homes just might find they are able to sell more houses.