At CES in Las Vegas this year, the ever-expanding ecosystems of connected and smart products were very apparent. Today even kitchen and bathroom hardware is getting smarter as manufacturers launch IoT enabled devices. This new suite of products provides voice activation and control of various functions in the kitchen and the bathroom. Most even feature integrations with Amazon’s Alexa, the Apple HomeKit, and other voice-enabled “smart home” controllers.
Next-generation “smart” faucets are changing how we live and interact with homes. One example of this is with IOT faucets and voice controllers, users can simply ask the faucet to “give me a cup of water,” and eight ounces will be promptly dispensed, or ask to turn on the shower or fill the bathtub. Couple this type of user interaction with connected A/V component that provides music, and smart lighting controls and homeowners can create a spa-like experience any day of the week with minimal effort.
“Smart” device controls are rapidly entering the marketplace, with potentially many different building components being controlled by Internet of Things, (IoT) enabled hardware. This is specifically important to low-voltage contractors because this marriage of command and control in building functions may require knowledgeable and skilled technicians from other fields. Home control technology has reached the point that it may be necessary for Home Automation dealers looking to provide their next customer with a “smart” bathroom to reach out for the assistance of a qualified plumber to install and connect various devices. Similarly, if there are HVAC smart controls involved in a project, a professional HVAC company may need to perform installation and testing.
The world of devices is becoming more connected across various installer/servicing disciplines. Plumbing and wireless connectivity is one example, and you can be sure it will not be a singular one. To remain competitive, integrators may need to begin building solid relationships with local companies whose specialty falls outside of the industry such as plumbers and HVAC technicians. The sharing of sales leads can also come as a benefit to all involved in such a partnership as well. If you need assistance with your next Home Control installation, ADI’s Systems, Sales and Support Team is here to help. You can contact the ADI System, Sales and Support Team at 1.800.ADI.SYS1.