Smart Within Reach

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A smart home isn’t just a collection of Wi-Fi connected products, but devices that integrate seamlessly throughout the home. Through interoperability – the ability of a system of work with parts of another system – the benefit of each connected device increases. In this recent Builder Online article, John McManus describes smart home interoperability, and how Lennar is leading the way for integration between smart home manufacturers and installers.

While it would be foolish to suggest one can suddenly fairly use the term “smart” next to the term “home,” it looks like real progress is being made as builders partner earlier and earlier with tech providers to deliver integrated, hack-proof, customer-centric packages that connect room air comfort, home security, lighting and window blinds, appliances, and entertainment to a single voice recognition device or phone.

An article that appeared in this weekend’s Los Angeles Times, by Jack Flemming, reports, “As smart homes become smarter, tech companies rush to get in the door.”

Flemming calls attention to two builders who’ve pushed to the front of the pack to engineer and build homes with wi-fi-enabled connected features as standard, Brookfield Homes and Lennar.

Lennar’s Wi-Fi Certified program level-sets the nation’s No. 2 ranked home builder’s “Everything’s Included” strategy at a new level, and one that can keep growing smarter.

Lennar’s point person on the Wi-Fi Certified program was David J. Kaiserman, president, Lennar Ventures, an innovation and collaboration incubator that brought multiple players together–Ruckus Wi-Fi, Amazon Echo, Samsung SmartThings and other smart home brands like Ring, Spectrum Brands’ Baldwin locks, Honeywell, Lutron and Sonos–as part of the “Everything’s Included” value proposition.

Key to the performance of each interoperable feature, the Ruckus Wi-Fi enterprise system ensures full wi-fi coverage without structured wiring. Kaiserman told CE Pro’s Lisa Montgomery:

“There is a lot of science that goes into integrating a strong, reliable Wi-Fi network into a home,” says Kaiserman. “You need to consider not only where the components of the system will be placed, but the construction materials and structure of the home.”

Lennar’s “Everything’s Included” position is a differentiator at a time home builders are crowded into an increasingly consolidated, finite ranking of top 25 or so new-home markets nationwide. This past July, Lennar announced that it’s rolled out its Wi-Fi Certified Homes in 12 communities…

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