At HIVE 2016, Stuart Miller, CEO of Lennar, said “As a company you need to get to the future first. If you don’t, your customer will leave you behind.”
Just as new standards for smart home technology have been announced, Miller's leadership at Lennar is on pace with solutions.
The Wi-Fi Alliance, the non-profit organization that certifies Wi-Fi enabled products, is ready to usher in a new era of the smart homes.
Traditionally, there have been no set standards for integrating a wireless network directly into home blueprints, unlike other essential utilities, such as plumbing and electricity. But as our houses continue to be filled with IoT appliances that depend on the internet, a strong network signal is becoming increasingly important.
The org has issued a new set of guidelines for homebuilders to follow to include wireless networks in their designs, which were drafted with an eye to the needs of a connected future, according to the Wi-Fi Alliance announcement:
The requirements consider the increasing number of smart home devices expected in homes over the next decade, and the growing demand for data-intensive usages such as virtual reality and simultaneous 4K video streams. Wi-Fi Home Design will scale to accommodate both the growth in Wi-Fi devices and high-bandwidth applications.
The first homebuilding company to use the certification, South Florida-based Lennar, is bringing Amazon's Alexa as part of the project.Read More