connected home

IoT Meets API at Apigee #ILoveAPIs

Check out these videos from the Apigee I Love APIs conference in San Jose, CA this week.  If you click the little Facebook icon in the lower right hand corner of the video you’ll be able to read my intro to each video.  Enjoy!  And while you’re there, feel free to visit my Facebook page and check out more of the things I’m up to.  Likes, Comments, Shares and Follows are also welcome and will actually help you see more of the things I do as well as other interesting things from other sources that may be of interest to you.

A couple of notes – To view in higher quality video click HD.  Audio, unfortunately, is as good as I can get it after scrubbing it a bit to reduce the background noise.  New hardware is in the works for me, both camera and microphone, to improve on the audio quality for these videos.  I have to thank everyone who has contributed, either running the camera behind the scenes or offering comments and suggestions on how to improve from audio to video to content to length and more.  Keep the feedback coming!

SAP Beacons For Smart Building Maintenance



Philips Hue

Sereneti Kitchen


There will probably be one more video from the conference that was graciously recorded by someone who offered to use their nicer phone/camera to record but hasn’t yet provided a copy.  I’ll add it on Facebook and tack it on here when it is available.

Touring the Target and Sears Smart Home Concept Stores

Both Target and Sears have smart home concept stores full of consumer #IoT devices.  Check out these video tours of their retail experiences for a glimpse at what the #ConnectedHome can do for you.

Target: Video taken on Friday, September 4, 2015

Learn more about solutions available at the Target concept store at


Sears: Video taken Friday, August 28, 2015

Learn more about solutions available at the Sears concept store at Sears Connected Solutions.

Smart Apartments VS Dumb Apartments

In the ongoing battle to provide the latest and greatest amenities and to provide the best tenant experiences possible, multifamily residential housing owners and operators are looking at connected home solutions. By offering a connected apartment, a management company can differentiate from competition.  Suddenly one apartment is smart and the rest are dumb.  At the same time, providing a connected apartment also provides multifamily owners and operators the ability to control energy use, especially in vacant units, and to gain insights into how to improve their communities.

This means the real estate industry, an industry not widely know for early technology adoption, may surprisingly become the key to unlocking the door to consumer internet of things hardware adoption for the smart home.  This also presents an opportunity for start up entrepreneurs. IOTAS, Remotely, Monarc Tree and Dwelo are four of the companies vying for the IoT opportunity in multifamily housing.  IOTAS is in a pilot with Greystar and was featured on a the Gigaom IoT podcast by Stacey Higginbotham in February.  Monarc Tree is beta testing in four buildings with a fifth in development.

I caught up with David Beenfield, Co-Founder & CTO of Dwelo this morning for a conversation about the solutions in residential multifamily housing units. “The winner will be somebody who can design a program that is minimal enough to scale,” Beenfield said.  As someone who started implementing and managing real estate accounting and operations information systems over a decade ago, I second Beenfield’s opinion.  Simplicity in design and scalability are important for multifamily housing managers because if it isn’t simple, it isn’t going to get done and it certainly cannot scale to thousands of units.

Tenants must feel that the technology works for them rather than them working for the technology otherwise they will complain. Property management must feel that the technology works rather than them working at fixing and dealing with technology issues and complaints.  Owners and asset managers must feel that the technology generates more value for the bottom line than the costs of technology implementation and management.

When asked where the market would go Beenfield explained, “The future of multifamily housing will be an entirely connected building that is digitally interactive from any device. This will fundamentally change the resident and manager experience to one of greater convenience, transparency, and energy consciousness.”

Edit 5/14/15 a typo was corrected