For some homebuilders, high-end appliances or design elements can be selling points in new homes. For others, high-tech home-automation systems offer a similar competitive advantage. This is the case for Lennar Corp., www.lennar.com, Miami, Fla., which recently implemented a new system in a development in Florida.
In the new 1,800-unit community in Florida called Lennar for Landmark, homebuyers will have access to some of the latest smart-home technology.
In this particular development, the homebuilder included Smart Series from Savant Systems, www.savantsystems.com, Hyannis, Mass. This technology is the ‘brains’ for the smart home and can control everything in a home including security systems, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, security cameras, lighting, thermostats, energy monitoring, and media and entertainment equipment.
In the new Lennar for Landmark community, homebuyers will be able to control entertainment, lighting, and thermostats through a single app available for iOS or Android. The company will also have further upgrades available to the homeowner in the future.
While this is one example, home-automation systems are frequently becoming standard in new homes. The challenge for many homebuilders becomes keeping an eye on the evolving trends in order to offer the latest new systems on the market.
For example, iControl Networks, www.icontrol.com, Redwood City, Calif., and Sercomm Corp., www.sercomm.com, Taipei, Taiwan, recently partnered to offer Sercomm’s cloud camera technology as part of iControl’s Connect platform.
Together, the companies will work together to bring new technology to the smart home. Such features will include event-based video capture and indoor and outdoor cameras, among others. While this is just one example of technology companies partnering to deliver enhanced smart-home capabilities, a number of organizations are working to advance technology in the home.
For homebuilders, the key takeaway is making sure homes are built with the latest technologies in mind. It just might help sell a few more homes.