Serene Homes new Hills of Windridge development in Fort Worth, Texas, could be introducing a fascinating new aspect of connectedness — not only among home and mobile technology devices, but also among homeowners in an entire “smart” community.
Enter abode: A DIY security system with all the smart home features you’d want built in with a robust home automation platform and ecosystem of devices that exceed the professionally installed and monitored systems on the market.
Homeowners using Samsung SmartThings or Wink to control their Kwikset SmartCode 910, 912, 914 or 916 smart locks will now be able to ask Alexa devices to lock their deadbolts. This feature is a result of the new API launch from Amazon to include smart lock through the SmartThings and Wink hubs.
Digital voice controlled assistants such as Amazon’s Echo and Dot offerings and Google Home were a hot item this past holiday season — and they will begin playing an increasingly important role in controlling security systems this year.
The general outlook across the industry is highly optimistic as dealers and manufacturers ride the wave of integrated technologies and consumer interest to more and more growth. But there are also cautionary notes. Read more about SDM February Issue.