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3-9-18

New Partnership
with Baker Residential Expands TiO

Good partnerships often just make good sense. So, when the leading homebuilders at Baker Residential approached TiO about implementing smart home technology into their upcoming Providence at Yates Pond community in North Carolina, it was the perfect fit. Providence at Yates Pond is a collection of 88 four-to-six bedroom single-family homes, priced from the $700s to more than $1 Million. Floor plans range from 4,130 to more than 6,000 square-feet with award-winning luxury features designed specifically for discerning buyers. 100 homes will have TiO installed and ready to go when homeowners move in. We sat down with Baker residential and asked a few questions to shed some insight on why they chose TiO.

 

1.) How did TiO and Baker Residential come together?

We became introduced to TiO through another builder at our design studio.  We began conversations about how we could bring effective home automation at an affordable price point into our homes, and TiO came back to us with some solutions. We’re rolling out a home automation package with our home that gives homeowners audio control and lighting in 10 different locations throughout the home. Having a system like TiO gives us a competitive edge in the marketplace.

 

2.) Are there barriers to home automation that TiO overcomes?

There are actually a couple of different barriers that TiO makes easier. With TiO being a completely WiFi based system, there’s no additional wiring required—this allows the system to be changed or modified well after the initial installation as opposed to having to reconfigure wiring at a later point. It’s also easily adaptable to the homeowners’ lifestyle, so they can expand the system by simply adding on additional TiO hardware. But one of the best parts about TiO is that it doesn’t rely on WiFi to work, and the system can function on its own. Plus, the introduction of new voice activated controls makes it universal to what homeowners are already using in their homes today, making the adoption of TiO seamless.

 

3.) How much technical knowledge is needed with TiO?

Actually very little—the real beauty of the system is that we’re shipping with preconfigured settings so that all we have to do is plug it up and turn it on. That’s it! A lot of other systems require a specialist to come on site to reprogram or setup the system, which adds to the bottom line. TiO takes out that step completely, which makes home automation simple and accessible.  The homeowner comes in on day 1, downloads the TiO app and the system’s presets can be changed from there.

 

4.) What would you say to a builder who’s skeptical of TiO?

You’re either forward thinking or your following trends. We’re one of the first to adapt TiO into our community of homes and we’re proud to be constantly setting trends. So any skeptics will be waiting to see what happens, but with this partnership, we know they’ll be trying to play catch up.

 

 

 


1-25-17

Is Smart Home Technology Scalable?

Three rules to choose the right system for growth.
It’s one thing to set up a smart home to meet the wants and needs of homeowners, but what happens when they want to expand? What happens when you want to implement home automation into the majority of your homes? How can smart home technology be scalable?

 

Scalability Challenges

First, let’s look at technology in general. We all know it’s developing at warp speeds, and as soon as the latest craze hits the average home, everyone has moved on to the next shiny innovation. It seems staying “modern” is a continual shifting-sand concept, especially in home automation. Updating a smart home system could mean serious structural changes and expensive rewiring work, something that doesn’t seem scalable or future-proof for the homeowner.

Next, let’s understand some common builder concerns about home automation. Builders worry they will need the help of a third party for programming, and smart technology will have to be built into the infrastructure of the house. Typically, smart home systems do need a programmer to implement any changes in the custom moods and experiences settings for homeowners. It adds a step to your production process and can create a burden on your warranty department for future expansions or tech support.

 

Potential Solutions
To optimize scalability, we recommend living by these three rules:

  1. Choose a system that is easily expandable for both you and the homeowner. When the homeowner adds on a room or an appliance, there shouldn’t be a penalty for starting small.
  2. Production shouldn’t be slowed down by tacking on home automation to your process.
  3. The burden of tech support and add-ons should lie with the smart home system manufacturer.

Enter TiO. We are a simple, scalable and affordable solution in home automation. Using future-proof technology, we create a platform through easy-to-install hardware and easy-to-use software.

With TiO, everything is connected wirelessly through “The Brain” or MasterCoordinator®, which connects all TiO devices—separate from the home owner’s Wi-Fi—and allows access to the system from anywhere in the world. Notice we said wirelessly—that means no need for a complicated and expensive wiring system to automate the home. Once the MasterCoordinator®, wall touch controls and audio amplifier are installed, it’s as simple as Turn It On (TiO.)

 

No Penalties for Starting Small

At any time, more features can be added to our smart home system without the need for a third party. Through our patented technology, homeowners can change any customization features and settings on their own with the tap of the finger through the user-friendly TiO app on smart phones or tablets. This includes customizing moods and experiences and reconfiguring wall switch settings, as in controlling how many switches there are and what they control, whether it be climate, lighting or security.

 

No Slowing Down Production

Adding TiO to your homes doesn’t add any steps in the production process. We send preconfigured packages per room for a seamless set up, and your electrician can easily install the hardware without a need for a third party. Our TiO wall touch controls wirelessly connect to “The Brain” and fit into any standard light switch.

 

No Burden on Warranty Departments

Scalability with service. Any and all future updates to the system are handled by a fully-dedicated customer support team at TiO. So when you install TiO’s smart home technology, the torch is passed to us, not your warranty department, for any future needs. Plus, we have partnered with Best Buy to provide free in-home consultation for new TiO users, so home owners will have all the training they would need to operate the system and change custom settings on their own.

So there you have it. With easy expandability, low production needs and high tech support, scalability is possible with TiO. For more information on how TiO works, visit tiohome.com. 

 


Home automation myths:

When the Wi-Fi goes out, so does the “smart” in “smart homes”

TiO’s MasterCoordinator® creates a seamless connection that wirelessly connects to all TiO appliances, separate from the homeowner’s Wi-Fi. Plus, it can be controlled through TiO’s easy-to-use app from anywhere in the world.

 

Pre-configuring moods and experiences is a hassle

TiO’s patented technology eliminates the need for a programmer or third party to change customization settings. Moods, experiences and wall touch control settings can be changed by the homeowner themselves at the touch of a button through the TiO app.

 

Home automation isn’t worth the wiring complications and getting a new subcontractor to install

With TiO, the implementation process will not slow you down, due to our patented technology. We send preconfigured installation packages by room so that your electrician can easily install the wall touch controls that wirelessly connect to the TiO MasterCoordinator®.

 

With anything tech, my warranty department will be bombarded with issues

TiO handles all tech support once the system is installed. Plus, we have a new partnership with Best Buy that provides an in-home advisor for TiO users to walk them through how the system works and how to configure all the custom moods and experiences.

 


A financial case for the smart home. Can home automation increase the home’s appraisal?

 

More than just an easier way to live

Convenience has always been a big seller for home automation—but what about adding value to a home? It’s no secret. Smart homes are gaining popularity among all demographics; older homeowners value security features, and younger ones prioritize the convenience and ease of living. Generational preferences aside, a home’s value speaks to all homeowners and builders alike—and due to an increasing demand, smart home technology might just be a way to give a home an edge above the rest.

 

In fact, a house’s value can increase by up to 5% with home automation; this would be $15,000 on a $300,000 house, according to Consumer Reports. The growing demand of smart homes among home buyers and industry growth could make home automation a worthwhile investment for the future.

 

Popularity and convenience

According to a Coldwell Banker study, more than one in four adults in the U.S. have smart home products, but that number doubles in the millennial generation. These homeowners are happy with their technology, too. Nine out of ten homeowners who use smart home technology would recommend it to others. In this same study, 57 percent of Americans who have a smart home estimate 30 minutes per day is saved through their smart device technology installed in their homes. With an increase in the desire for convenience through technology, the numbers are only expected to rise. Based on Statista research, the smart home industry has shown explosive growth in the last few years and is predicted to reach $143 billion in 2020, three times its value in 2014.

 

Cost-savings

Smart homes are also becoming more and more money smart. We know smart thermostats can adjust to be more efficient, detecting how many people are in a room, and allowing easy adjustments on a mobile device, saving money on heat regulation. According to a Nest study, consumers save an average of 10 to 12 percent on heating and 15 percent on cooling. Smart lighting can also increase the energy efficiency of a home and help reduce costs. Lighting uses 11% of total energy, and studies suggest a third of this usage could be reduced with the help of technology. Remote lighting control through an app allows home owners to easily manage lights all over the home, and turn lights on and off when leaving and returning home. Americans with smart home appliances agree they save money: 45 percent reported that they save an average of $1,100 per year through climate automation alone in the home.

 

Safety & security

In a recent survey by Icontrol Networks, 90 percent of respondents said home security is a top reason to invest in a smart home. With break-ins happening every twenty-five seconds through the United States, the ability to detect and deter burglars is an important player in keeping the family and home safe from intruders. Smart devices can also detect fire, carbon monoxide, moisture levels, radon and more, which gives all the more importance to being able to control these devices from anywhere on a smart phone or tablet.

These benefits of convenience, efficiency and security have proven to increase the perceived value of a home with a cutting-edge home automation system. Homeowners see decreased maintenance costs and home insurance premiums, home sellers can sell their homes at higher prices, and home buyers are more willing to pay more for new systems and upgrades. The value of a smart home is undeniable, and before we know it, home automation will be a must-have box to check off the appraisal list.