Expectations for the Smart Ready® stand at FIT were exceptionally high following a stand-out teaser campaign and some bold claims in the lead up to the show. But Smart Ready®, Sac® Hardware and Hug® Technology, who collectively promoted Smart Ready® certification at FIT, report a hugely successful show that exceeded all expectations by a long way.
Giovanni Laporta, innovator behind Smart Ready® concept comments: “We knew Smart Ready® was right for the industry, but we have been blown away by the response it received at the show. Our Apple store style stand grabbed attention and was like its own show within a show with a constant stream of visitors from 10am on opening day, right up until 4pm on closing day.
“It was great to see so many forward-thinking companies coming to us to find out more and getting excited about the concept. We also had some of the industry’s biggest names in hardware keep coming back to the stand to ask more questions and find out more. Visitors have been blown away by the genuinely game changing concept that is Smart Ready®.
“All companies have to do to get Smart Ready® is follow some Smart Ready® minimum requirements, which put simply is preparing windows and doors for smart anytime. Smart Ready® is awarded to New Build house builders, Architects and Designers, Manufacturers, Installers and Hardware products.
“Being Ready is the take home message from the show. Smart Ready® suits two minds, the people not ready to make any big leap to smart today but want to future proof the home with windows and doors that are ready for smart in the future, and the people who are ready to be smart now. We covered this in more detail at our successful Smart Ready® talk, ‘the power of being ready’, at the show with special guest Alan Burgess from Smart Ready® certified fabricator, Masterframe Windows and member of the Smart Ready® industry advisory panel. Lots attended the seminar, and more and more visitors gathered around the edges, drawn in by the stand-out different message we were presenting.
Smart Ready® certification is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to get involved in the smart market in a way that suits everyone. It’s free and easy to do. The Smart Ready® certified concept and system developed by Sac® Hardware and Hug® Technology, also demonstrated at the show, had people saying it’s the most exciting smart innovation the industry has ever seen.
“The system reports on the status of all windows and doors – back and side doors as well as front doors – reporting on whether they are open or closed, key locked or unlocked, as the consumer leaves the property,” continues Giovanni. “It does not lock or unlock so homeowners still have complete control of their home.
“The system also has an early warning system that lets homeowners know when a window or door experiences any level of meddling, alerting them before an intruder enters the property, rather than after, like with most other simpler alarm systems. If the user is at home, this should prevent the burglary altogether. And if they’re not, the system can send a real-time text message to a neighbour to ask them to check everything is OK. The system is going to disrupt the home security and smart door market forever. Also launched as part of the system was air quality monitoring and new light notification technology known as Colors™.
“Smart Ready® genuinely believes that soon, if fabricators and installers are not selling a Smart Ready® window and door, they won’t be selling at all. Ready or not, smart is coming.”
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