The US smart home set up to manage a busy lifestyle


Joseph Kingma, vice president of Medeco eCylinders within ASSA ABLOY Group, has been using some form of home automation for 25 years. He enjoys gadgets, and has set up his smart home to handle tasks he would forget to do himself.

Joseph’s home in Virginia in the US features ASSA ABLOY’s Yale Real Living deadbolts and Medeco deadbolts for his non-electronic openings. The electronic locks, lighting, and climate control systems in his home are all synchronized by a home automation system.

“The majority of the lighting is controlled by a computer that runs sequences depending on the time of day and whether my family and I are away,” Joseph says. “My neighbors often comment that they can’t tell whether we’re at home. With an active family and my busy travel schedule, I don’t want to give a thief the advantage of having any idea of whether I’m home or away.”

In addition to deterring potential burglars, the system also enables Joseph to keep his energy bills down by shutting off unnecessary lights and by anticipating where family members will be in the house at certain times of day.

“I have two teenagers, and I have the system send a command to shut off the lights in their bedrooms on weekends because they always leave them on,” he says. “The system also monitors the sunset and sunrise, and all of the lights turn on and off at logical times based around our activity.” 

Another advantage of Joseph’s smart home is that he can make sure nobody leaves the commonly used doors unlocked.

“In the late morning and late evening, the system sends a signal to make sure the doors are locked,” he says. “If I need to let someone in, I have the ability to unlock doors through my phone.”

Joseph is excited about the future of the smart home.

“It’s a brave frontier when the locks can anticipate we’re approaching, thermostats can adjust, and lights can change,” he says. “There are incredible sustainable possibilities in that.”

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