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[Case Study] Smart Control = Smart Business: Reduce Costs, Increase Security & Improve Business Intelligence

Smart Home = Smart Business? Smart home automation is growing fast! Google recently bought Nest smart thermostats for $3.2 billion! Overall, the “smart home” industry is projected to grow to almost $50B with more than half-a-billion smart devices by 2018. Those are HUGE numbers. But the question that lingers in my mind is, what type of impact will this smart…

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[Case Study] Smart Control = Smart Business: Reduce Costs, Increase Security & Improve Business Intelligence

Smart Home = Smart Business? Smart home automation is growing fast! Google recently bought Nest smart thermostats for $3.2 billion! Overall, the “smart home” industry is projected to grow to almost $50B with more than half-a-billion smart devices by 2018. Those are HUGE numbers. But the question that lingers in my mind is, what type of impact will this smart…

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Google Acquires Nest “Smart” Thermostat: A Perfect Opportunity for Vacation Rental Managers?

In my last post, I dropped a quick hint about the GIGANTIC smart home automation news: Google buys Nest smart thermostats for $3.2 billion! The interwebz have been buzzing about this news for days, so I figured I’d carve out a full post rather than just a quick mention. Google’s acquisition of Nest smart thermostats (just one aspect of home…

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Home Automation Can Save Your BUSINESS Time & Money

I recently came across an article titled New Home Technologies Can Save Your Family Time and Money, and it immediately clicked with me. Home automation offers huge potential for us all to achieve more control of our homes, and in essence, our lives – increased security, energy savings, ease of living, piece of mind. All controlled from mobile devices. If…

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Alarm.com & Schneider Electric Partner to Improve Energy Management

I’ve crowed about our partnership with Alarm.com on a number of occasions. It’s awesome to have such a great technology partner – fantastic technology, great product development, world-class support, time-tested industry experience. We could not have found a more qualified partner to help us bring home automation to commercial businesses – i.e. property automation. I’ll keep this short and sweet…

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Congrats! Alarm.com Announces Acquisition of EnergyHub

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, the cellular technology developed by Alarm.com is at the core of the PointCentral property automation system. Alarm.com has been continually perfecting it’s cellular home automation technology since 2000. And this cellular technology is one of the main reasons PointCentral is uniquely positioned to provide commercial property automation. We are amazingly jazzed to be…

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Property Automation Ready to Revolutionize Vacation Rental Management? – A Storyboard Explanation

This is a little experiment. A “storyboard” blog post? I’m a big fan of stories, and apparently telling a story is the most powerful way to activate our brains. So, what’s a “storyboard?” Here’s how wikipedia defines storyboard: Storyboard = Graphic organizers in the form of illustrations or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of visualizing a story. A…

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Home Automation = Reduced Energy + Increased Savings

That title looks like an SAT algebra equation that I would have skipped. But the reality is it’s pretty simple. Home automation systems allow you to efficiently manage your home, which in turn reduces the amount of energy your home consumes and saves you money. Sweet, right?! Oh, you say you’re a vacation rental manager with a few hundred homes?…

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Home Automation = Reduced Energy + Increased Savings

That title looks like an SAT algebra equation that I would have skipped. But the reality is it’s pretty simple. Home automation systems allow you to efficiently manage your home, which in turn reduces the amount of energy your home consumes and saves you money. Sweet, right?! Oh, you say you’re a vacation rental manager with a few hundred homes?…

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How an Automated Smart Thermostat Can Slash Your Electricity Bill

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Twenty years ago, the idea of “smart home automation”—i.e., a home that automatically adjusts climate control and music for individual visitors in every room—sounded like the home of the future. And indeed, it was… In 1997, U.S. News amazed readers when it showcased the Star Trek-like technology featured in Bill Gates’ home, “Xanadu.” Guests at the Xanadu complex wore computerized…

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