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Friday, September 8, 2017

Los Angeles homebuilder builds smart home development

Many worries come with owning a home: doors left unlocked, packages stolen, lights left on, etc. One homebuilder is ready to make those anxieties a thing of the past. Brookfield Residential has teamed up with Apple for new project — named The Collection — to create a smart-home community. Located in the tech hub of Playa Vista, the contemporary homes feature the Apple HomeKit, which integrates home accessories such as lighting, thermostats, door locks and Wi-Fi into a user-controlled app. Smart-home tech isn’t new but what makes the development unique is that the Apple HomeKit comes standard in every residence. Homeowners can use an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch or Siri to control various elements of the home. With spoken word or the touch of a button, doors can be locked, temperatures controlled, lighting managed and Wi-Fi enabled. The company worked with Apple for about 15 months to integrate with the homebuilder’s specifications. Data from the home is encrypted and stored on the device, not the cloud, which gives consumers the most privacy.

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