National Homebuilder Offers Apple HomeKit in New Homes
Smart homes are becoming more mainstream as Brookfield Residential, a national homebuilder, is the first to offer Apple HomeKit technology as standard in new communities, officials of both companies announced.
Starting with the Delano neighborhood in Irvine's Eastwood Village, all new Southern California homes by Brookfield Residential will be Connected Homes, interfacing with Apple's Home app, and integrating with HomeKit-enabled accessories including lighting, thermostats, locks and Wifi.
"We always think forward to anticipate consumer demand, and Brookfield Residential has for more than a year explored collaborations with Apple HomeKit controls," said Brookfield Residential Chief Operating Officer Adrian Foley. "Now the market is ready to align on a large scale with Apple's clear and convenient HomeKit design. We will offer buyers The Connected Home Experience with Apple HomeKit in all our new Southern California neighborhoods.
Using Apple's Siri interface – or the Apple Home App on iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch – homeowners easily control HomeKit-connected devices so that they work smarter, said Foley. HomeKit's advantages extend to security and privacy, because communication from the iOS device and home accessories are encrypted, with all home data living privately on the device, not stored in the cloud. HomeKit-enabled lighting and smart thermostat also more efficiently manage home energy. And homeowners can group smart-home accessories by room, to create scenes such as "I'm Home," "Bedtime" or "Movie Night."
"In our new neighborhoods, the future comes standard: As with other consumer innovations such as keyless autos, what is novel today will soon be pervasive," said Foley. "And Apple Home is the most innovative yet easy-to-use system for smart homes, giving homebuyers connected living at their fingertips – or at the command of their voices, using Siri. This makes their appliances work for them, providing joy, ease, security and privacy."
HomeKit-enabled accessories that come standard are:
- Lutron Caseta lighting (in select areas of the home)
- Honeywell Lyric T6 Smart WiFi Thermostat
- Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt (Bluetooth-enabled front door lock)
- Ubiquiti Wireless Access Point (WAP – providing peak Wifi performance throughout the home)
Brookfield Residential will add new home automation products as they continue to integrate with HomeKit. A list of what's available can be found at www.apple.com/ios/home/accessories .
The first new California neighborhoods to feature Apple Home as standard are:
- Delano at Eastwood in Irvine
- The Collection in Playa Vista
- Flora, Prado, and Haciendas at Escaya in Chula Vista
- Vientos, Candela, and Terracina at Rancho Tesoro in San Marcos
- Beverly at Eastwood in Irvine
- Citrus in Palm at Rosedale in Azusa
- Shutters at Edenglen in Ontario Ranch
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