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Friday, September 8, 2017

Building Smart Homes in California

Southern California’s strong job market for knowledge workers has also made it a prime ground for smart home platforms that builders are rolling out as standard equipment in an increasing number of new homes. While the smart home concept has been around for years, until recently individual devices or apps didn’t talk to each other and required an expensive and laborious integration process to sync them. Ultimately, that restricted users to a defined set of components, says C.R. Herro, vice president of environmental affairs for Meritage Homes. But advances in technology are delivering smart home platforms that are more user friendly than ever. The systems operate on robust wi-fi coverage throughout the house, work seamlessly with a host of products, and link automatically to any internet-enabled household component, but also offer more control over energy and water use with timers and other settings. Meritage, for example, recently introduced its M.ConnectedHome Automation Suite, a smart home platform that became available in its new homes. It features connected door locks, garage doors, doorbells with embedded video cameras, light switches, thermostats, and irrigation systems. All are centered on providing security and convenience to homeowners.

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