This one is interesting, not because it’s HomeKit, but because of the use cases that they have included.
This is a national residential builder, and they have decided that for their townhouses, they are going to offer a HomeKit automation package as standard.
There are a couple of other builders offering HomeKit packages, but those are all upgrade options that the buyer pays extra for.
They’ve decided that The standard features will include:
Schlage lock (1)
Honeywell Thermostat (1)
Lutron Caseta switches in “select areas.”
And…that’s it. No sensors. No smart bulbs. No window coverings. No outlets. Big brand names with conventional-looking devices.
By my definition, this is definitely a “limited feature” set up. Very simple scheduling. No stacked conditionals. Devices that everybody knows and understands that are a little bit smarter.
By the way, one of the really interesting things about the decision to make the standard is it addresses the typical townhouse/condo issue with smart locks, which is that now every door looks the same again.
Also, the switches work like regular switches, the thermostat works like a regular thermostat. The lock works as a combination lock. All whether you set it up with HomeKit or not.
The thermostat and light could also work with echo, although they don’t mention that.
No security features, which is also interesting. I haven’t looked to see if the development has other security options built-in, they may because of the common space issue.
Of course if the individual customer wants to add more devices, they can – – there’s no installer code required and no monthly fees.
I just think it’s interesting in terms of what they included. It’s the first time I’ve seen a national offering real estate automation package which didn’t have cameras and security sensors. So in a sense this is a new phase for home automation in this niche.