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TECH SAVVY

THE SMART HOME OPERATING SYSTEM

Hintze said it's only when these devices work together that we create the
truly smart home. It cuts across all those interfaces.To achieve this, you need
a smart home infrastructure. The smart home OS is built to support, power
and tie together a growing number of devices, so everyone in the home can
interact with them. A Level 4 home cuts across all the subsystems - like
lighting, security, comfort, entertainment - to create the lifestyle experience
for the client.
Another core component of a Level 4 home, noted Hintze, is that the operating system is designed to be the infrastructure for the home. For instance,
the lighting in a home is all run on one system, it's not all separate devices.
Smart home professionals who are certified - from CEDIA or PakEdge
Certified Network Administrators (PCNA) - have to know networking.This
is a core foundation of keeping the home secure. These certifications mean
designers can trust them with high-end projects, and designers should build
a team that includes several tech pros. The home should be personalized for
and by those who live there and be easy for homeowners to use - so they can
actually enjoy their space and not be frustrated by it.
Level 5 is predictive/proactive automation.This is very rare in residential
at this point. It's machines learning lifestyle habits so they can adjust to the
needs of the homeowner. This is predictive automation, and you can't get to
Level 5 without first having a Level 4 home. To create a Level 4 house, you
first need multiple ways to connect. For instance, a wireless protocol called
Zigby controls lights. There's also RFID (radio frequency identification)
infrared technology. Control4 supports all these systems and protocols. You
need to choose the right kind of equipment for the job, and it all needs to be
supported by a network.
It's important that the technology is designed to expand.Typically, a homeowner gets seven to 10 years out of a system. A good smart home operating

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system can be upgraded in pieces so they don't
need to rip out the entire system when they need
more capacity.
Regarding cost, half of Control4 customers
spend about $7,000 on technology hardware
for their home. The next group spends between
$10,000 and $15,000,and the top 20 percent spend
$25,000 or more. This is for hardware alone; labor
is typically 50 percent of the cost of the hardware.
As for what is required inside the walls, Hintze
said homeowners who are retrofitting older homes
can opt for batteries instead of hardwiring, or they
can swap out a light switch with no impact on the
home. But if they want to install invisible speakers or lighting, they have to go into the walls or
ceilings. Wireless and Bluetooth technology have
improved, but hardwiring is still better - particularly with infrastructure - it's more dependable.
"Designers should ask their tech pros about
their experiences with drywall or other ways to
run wires - through crown molding, attics or crawl
spaces, etc. - and whether they work with a team
that includes other contractors who might specialize in these applications," said Hintze. "You
need a number of different skill sets for proper
installation, from electricians to installers, audio
specialists, IT pros for connectivity...networking experience is increasingly important. And of
course, the designer, to make it all look great!" ˜

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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
Favorites
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