Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2019 - 14

TECH SAVVY

Top of
the Class

An expert talks about
what propels a smart home

IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO BE SMART. You have to
be connected.
That bit of wisdom could apply to business,
résumés or relationships, but in this case, it refers
to the home of the future - and it was the main
theme of Brad Hintze's presentation at NKBA's
recent Thought Leadership Summit at CEDIA
Expo in Denver.
Hintze, senior director of product marketing
for home automation provider Control4, spoke
on "The Five Levels of a Smart Home," unraveling some of the complexities of Wi-Fi-enabled
appliances, fixtures and whole-home systems for
an audience of NKBA certified designers. The
summit aimed to connect designers with technology integrators and emphasize the importance
of building solid relationships to strengthen the
portfolio of design services.
"This is a really important discussion for our industry - design is a critical component in creating a
smart home,"said Hintze."First, designers want to
learn about technology and the difference between
a smart product and a smart home. And second,
they want to understand true tech integration."
There will be 12.8 billion smart devices in use
worldwide by the end of 2020. Almost half of all
U.S. households have a smart device, and in just
the last three years, 30 percent of those homes
added a smart device.The stakes are getting higher,
too. When a homeowner brings in a smart device
and connects to it, others can connect as well. If it's
not set up properly, that's when the homeowner
is exposed to security and privacy risks. A professional integrator can set up the system properly
and keep the home secure.
"All this connectivity creates so much complexity," said Hintze. "Customers want simplicity. A
pro is the way to go. A lot of companies want the
consumer to think it's easy DIY, but it's not."

ABOVE Brad Hintze spoke at

the recent NKBA Thought
Leadership Summit at CEDIA
Expo.

THE FIVE LEVELS OF A SMART HOME

In the most basic first level, the traditional home,
systems run on a schedule. An example is a programmable thermostat or a VCR - no real smart
devices, and nothing is connected to anything else.

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By DIANNE M. POGODA

The second level is piecemeal devices, which are connected individually
to the internet, one at a time.
"These are great, they do what they have to do, they might have an app,
but they are not connected to each other," said Hintze. "One of the things
that happens when you start getting into the 'piecemeal' home is the pressure it puts on the network. The key is the hidden technology that makes
up the network."
The Wi-Fi network allows the homeowner to control everything, including such systems as lighting, automation, security, comfort and entertainment.
"Wi-Fi is one of the most important elements in the modern home," said
Hintze. "When that goes down, it's like the whole world stops!"
The third level is limited integration. These are devices that can communicate with each other. For instance, often the most lethal part of a house
fire is breathing in the smoke. A smoke detector that's connected to the
Google Nest thermostat can shut down the house's blower fan system so it
doesn't circulate toxic smoke throughout. And it can tell Alexa to call the fire
department. One of the challenges is getting these devices to talk to each
other - even if they're not from the same company.
"Nearly all homes today in the U.S. are Level 2 or 3. If devices are set up
individually - that's five devices, five apps, five sign-ins and five passwords,"
he explained."The goal is for the homeowner to enjoy the home and not have
to deal with all the tech. When you get to Level 4, you're at full integration.
Full integration provides remote access to all devices, multiple devices are
integrated into one platform, and everything in the house works together to
become part of the lifestyle. Beyond connecting is that there are multiple ways
to interact with the technology - voice control, keypad, touch screen - â
this makes it more natural and easier to live in that space."

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Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Note
NKBA Note
Happenings
Tech Savvy
Trends
30 Under 30
Hot Topic
Better Business
Design for Wellness
KBIS 2020
Small Spaces
Design With
Solutions
Before & After
What’s Hot
Custom elements create a dream-worthy house for a busy family
Prototype home celebrates biophilic & low-carbon design
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