There are many interesting new use cases and development in the Internet of Things domain for both home and business comfort and automation. The challenge is really picking and trying to integrate the wide variety of different companies, technologies and user interfaces that are available today. With all these options it may seem counter-intuitive to have half a dozen remotes on your coffee table, to control your security, entertainment, lights, thermostat alongside the plethora of individual applications.
One of the perks of being in the consulting business, is the need to stay up to date and test drive the latest technology, and that’s why we are so excited to be adding Vivint, as a new partner to our select group of home automation providers we work with. Vivint is a true disruptor in the security and automation industry because not only are they a full turn-key integration company (yes you can add your nest thermostat, and your existing security system door sensors to their ecosystem), they also produce their own hardware to keep the cost of the total system very reasonable for such advanced technology. A single LCD screen that is cloud managed, allows a wide range of hardware to function as one ecosystem. One app allows you to interact with your home (see when your kids are at the door and unlock the door for them from your smartphone), control and monitor virtually any aspect for your home.
Whereas other established technology companies like Apple, have moved into the home and office automation realm, one thing Vivint has done exceedingly well is controlling the user experience by becoming the home security and automation service provider as well. This has allowed Vivint to be incredibly ingenious and disruptive in a crowded vertical, by subsidizing hundreds of dollars worth of hardware and offer it for free to customers while charging them very reasonable monthly alarm monitoring fees, but offering this cloud managed cutting-edge technology, for a reasonable cost, at a tremendous additional value in return when compared with traditional service providers. Although a relative new startup company, they have proven their value with industry awards, a large industry awards list (see a list of recent media mentions here), and their explosive growth which has made them now the second largest Security and Automation company in North America with millions of customers, and one of the highest retention rates in the industry! People love the service and the products! We definitely see the value of integration into a beautiful and seamless user experience of technology, and monitoring. Definite win on execution and experience.
If interested in discussing how Vivint compares to your current provider, contact us today, and ask us about what preferential group rates and customized Vivint package we can provide to you.