IoT Evolution: The IoT Comes to Hospitality with First Smart Hotels

Written by Ken Briodagh

The Connected Home is becoming a thing of the present, and, thanks to a new project from CytexOne, so is the Connected Home-away-from-home.

CytexOne is a developer of intelligent, connected environments, and it has launched a new initiative called CytexOne Hospitality, which is said to be the first and only company dedicated to creating and managing smart hotel environments. The goal is to deploy IoT solutions for hospitality businesses that will improve staff productivity, guest comfort and building energy efficiency and security while maintaining a connected environment.

Top 5 Features of a Home Automation System

Usually when you buy a home automation system, you’ll want to go with the recommendation of a professional home systems installer. He’ll know, based on the structure of your home, the routines of your family, your comfort level with technology and your budget the most suitable system. However, it never hurts to understand the features most important to a quality home automation system. Here are five that you’ll want to discuss with your home systems integrator to ensure that you get the what you bargained for:

  1. Interoperability. The beauty of a home automation system is its ability to tie diverse electronic devices together so that they operate as one unified system. This is what enables you to press one button on a keypad, remote, touchpanel or smartphone and have the lights, thermostats, A/V equipment and more react. The more “open” a home automation system is, the easier it will be for a wide variety of devices to work as one.
  2. Expandability. Often, it’s difficult to know for certain what types of electronic features to add to your home. Or maybe your budget is tight right now. A home automation system that’s easily expandable let you start small and build on gradually as you find the need or the cash.
  3. Upgradability. The true power of a home automation system comes from its software, more specifically, how well the software has been programmed by a home systems installer. When this software can be easily upgraded to support new technologies, you’ll be assured that your system is always fresh and relevant.
  4. Time-Tested. No one, except for serious early-adopters, likes to be a guinea pig, so choose an automation system with a proven track record.
  5. Reliability. What happens to an automated house with the power goes out? Does the system forget how to operate the lights when the power is restored? Be sure your system has the appropriate back-up protection.

In The Mood

Whether you’re settled in for the evening with a good book, hosting a cocktail party for friends, watching a movie with the kids or planning a romantic rendezvous at home alone with your spouse, your home should reflect the mood of the occasion. At the very least, you’ll want to adjust the intensity of the lights—bright for a party, dim for a movie, for example.

Depending on the situation, you may want to open or close the window shades, play music, maybe even activate the gas fireplace.  It’s a process that could take several minutes to do manually as you stroll from switch to switch, window to window, and fiddle with the audio/video system.

This tedious, multi-step procedure can be reduced to a single touch of a button when handled by a home automation system. Within seconds, the system has issued a string of commands to several devices to completely transform the environment.

A professional home systems designer can program the software of a home automation system to create any variety of different moods, or scenes, that you’d like. It’s a chance to mold the automation system to your unique lifestyle, hobbies and favorite activities, while enjoying the greater convenience and comfort that comes from managing your house from a single handheld remote, tablet, smartphone or wall-mounted touch panel.

And just like your moods can change, so can the settings of your home automation system. With a few tweaks of the automation software, a home systems designer can craft a special scene for the holidays, a special birthday or for someone who’s staying with you as a houseguest.

Think about all the special moments you’d like to experience in your home, and share your ideas with your home systems integrator. It’ll put you and everyone else in the house in the right mood.

Press Coverage: New York Times – How Smart Could I Make My Dumb Manhattan Apartment?

SOMEBODY in my apartment is not very smart, and since I live alone, it is obviously the machines.

Here is how clueless they are: If I hit the remote for the Bose CD player in the living room, the Bose iPod dock 10 feet away turns itself on. The DVD player, VCR and cable all have their own remotes, which refuse to communicate with one another. The radiator and air-conditioning units must be adjusted with a lever, and they have only three settings: Comfortable, until you get into bed; Too Hot or Too Cold, as you are falling asleep; and Shoveling Coal on the Titanic, at 3 in the morning. And while I have never left the house with the gas on — a fear that apparently is passed down genetically — I worry, as I grow older, that this might happen.

Press Coverage: New York Times — Nobody Home But Us Gadgets

A NEW condominium conversion in southern SoHo celebrates 19th-century craftsmanship on the outside and 21st-century precision on the inside. At 34 Greene Street, the Sorgente Group has combined two 1873 buildings that once housed a printing company into a seven-unit condominium with a common lobby. The developers have restored the handcrafted cornices of the facades and wired the interiors to allow the electronics to be programmed from anywhere via Sorgente’s parent company, based in Rome, specializes in “historic and trophy properties” and owns controlling shares of the Chrysler and Flatiron Buildings. No. 34 Greene Street is Sorgente’s first downtown residential property; records show it was acquired for $14.8 million in June 2007.

The units, said Veronica Mainetti, head of the developer’s United States activities, are designed to appeal to Europeans seeking pieds-à-terre. They include bidets and Italian travertine in the bathrooms, programmable radiators and Miele kitchen appliances. Roman cobblestones line the lobby. Some units include the original brick walls.