Industry analysts often cite the lack of a common platform for all smart-home devices as one of the speed bumps to broader smart-home product adoption. While it is nice to have some systems that interoperate, having a single app that controls everything isn’t practical or even necessary.
Consumers can take advantage of many smart-home products now without waiting or even contemplating a single system that controls everything. Take for example a motion detect porch light and a smart lock on the front door. The motion detect light can turn on when someone approaches the front door but it doesn’t have to trigger the door lock to open up. These two smart devices can operate just fine independently.
Likewise if smart lights are present inside the home along with a smart garage door opener the two systems each provide value in their own right but they don’t need to share the same platform and be controlled from the same app in order to provide value to the user. Most smart-home products are designed to provide independent value for specific purposes. Networking them together typically isn’t necessary for the consumer to enjoy the benefits.
Most smart-home product vendors have Application Program Interfaces (API’s) that allow for sharing data and commands between products at the backend software level. Since by definition a “smart” product is connected to the Internet, information can shared between software systems that don’t require any hardware compatibility within the home at all.
Senteri takes full advantage of the various smart-home product vendor API’s to connect with and share data with a large variety of products. This allows for a rich data set to be collected without any device interconnectivity at the local property level. Consumers can benefit from a multitude of smart-home products that each have their own purpose and insurance carriers can benefit by knowing which products are installed, operational and even streaming data to the extent the API’s allow and consumers consent.
While a common platform may eventually someday become a reality, for the current and foreseeable future it’s not necessary for consumers and carriers to benefit greatly from the diverse set of smart-home products that are available today.