Wm Magill - October 2017
Here is a list of some current products on the market — ignoring both Amazon and Google’s announcements of last week — which might make sense (or no sense, but are just fun) at the Masonic Village.
This list was triggered by a post by Jan Rezab, Founder & Chairman of @Socialbakers, Board member Goodbaby International, 2015 Forbes 30 under 30. #under30, on Medium.
A laundry list of comments on devices, currently on the market and similar systems deployed in the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, which you might want to consider for a “smart home” in the Masonic Village.
Heating, Safety, Convenience
- Smoke (fire) detector - This would be redundant with equipment provided by the Masonic Village in all apartments and cottages. An independent system would normally only alert the occupants of the unit, not Masonic Village Security, Fire Department, etc. (The current Masonic Village detector system uses wire-line technology, not IoT, and is integrated with the Masonic Village Telephone System.)
- Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector - Masonic VillageV Detectors do not detect CO that I am aware of - especially important if you have an attached garage with an external garage door that can be closed! (Although this may have changed in recent years. Need to verify this.)
- First Alert - Z-Wave™ - battery power
- Nest - Z-Wave™ - AC power
- Pull-cord assistance system - The current Masonic Village system is integrated with the Smoke Detector system, uses wire-line technology and can be equipped with a radio control pendant. This pendant is only functional within your unit and within range of its receiver however - a fact which is not understood by many residents. It is NOT a system based on Cellular Telephone technology such as found on the GreatCall system advertised on the television.
- Electronic/electric door lock - an interesting item — it would need an override for the Masonic Village Security emergency access. It could potentially allow you to unlock your door from anywhere in the world. Why you would want to do that, is beyond my comprehension.
- Security system - this primarily depends upon how paranoid you are. A typical “Home Security System,” such as provided by ADT and others is primarily an intrusion detection system. It can integrate with Fire and CO detection, and can alert external Security (such as Masonic Village Security), all depending on how elaborate it is.
- Thermostats - this is an interesting one. As far as I know, he Masonic Village Smart home is planning, ONE thermostat to control the entire house. Installing a ZONED heating and cooling system is a major (and expensive) project. Simply locating thermostats in individual rooms does not zone the system.
- Cameras — Outside - mostly a fun thing, to see what’s happening outside without going out, or being observed.
Currently actively advertised on television by "Ring."
- Ben Franklin invented these long ago and called them “busy-bodies.” br> The device has 3 mirrors to allow one to look out a second floor window and see the street below.
- If you have a bird feeder, a way to see who’s “having dinner”
- Door bell cam - see who is ringing the door - not quite as important here on campus, as random solicitors are prohibited, but useful if you are in the bath. . . of course assuming you have a viewing screen in the bath. (A separagely priced product!)
These devices are offered by many vendors. Today, most are combined smoke and CO detectors
Private devices, Cleaning, and flowers
- iRobot Roomba 980
- iRobot Scoomba
- Nokia Scale — wifi device
- Nokia Body Thermostat
- Nokia BPM+
- 3x Hydroponic Flower grower - don't really want to shlep to the garden plots?
- Somfy Smart Connection - a device to integrate motorized window technlogy https://www.somfysystems.com/l/somfy-connect
- TP-Link Smart plug (HS100) - Controls one light
- Netatmo Weather station and Wind station
Music and Controling - Amazon Alexa Echo
- Amazon Echo Dot
- Sonos (6 pieces) — Wifi smart speaker system + Sonos Router + Sonos AMP
- B&O Beoplay A9, connected via Sonos
- TV - Apple TV
- Xbox One S
- LG OLED TV