What would it mean to end the so-called ownership economy? The idea of switching from buying and owning a product outright to paying a monthly subscription fee to access one can be a hard sell, but the subscription-based smart home also has some benefits worth considering.

Convenience & Quality

One of the top benefits of a connected smart home is convenience. Whether through voice command, an AI home assistant, app control, or increasingly intuitive and ambient technology, we want a smart home that works so seamlessly for us that the technology virtually disappears in the background. If you’re willing to pay more for better smart technology, you may be willing to pay for the convenience a subscription offers, too. 

Homeowners who have Savant da Vinci 10.0 can now upgrade to “Essentials”, the first smart home subscription model offered by a home automation company. By subscribing, your home will always be up-to-date with the latest software and advanced integrations offered by Savant, including features that would otherwise require specific licenses, such as the Savant Home App for Apple TV, Ring, and Zoom Rooms. 

With Zoom Rooms integration, your chosen Savant Scene launches automatically when a meeting starts. Lights dim or brighten, shades open or close, background music pauses–everything happens seamlessly and on cue. When the call ends, all settings return to how they were before the meeting. Additionally, Savant’s Zoom Rooms integration delivers the highest quality audio/video experience, using premium cameras and microphones from Savant partners Logitcech, Huddly, and Beyerdynamic. The result? Lifelike clarity.

Upgrades & Updates

Companies are always improving their products, and as a result, updates are inevitable. Rather than having to swap out a product for a newer, better version, subscription services can continuously perform maintenance as needed. Not only does this save you money over time, it creates less waste. If something goes wrong, a service team is available to quickly address the problem. Video conferencing glitchy? Smart doorbell unresponsive? Expect the issue to be fixed remotely or replaced on the company’s time–not yours. 

An annual subscription provides ongoing software updates, ensuring your products are in top form. For example, Essentials’ direct support and cloud-capability enables more remote access so service calls can be solved quicker and easier. The cloud-enabled home back-up feature means your system is secure, all of your personalized settings are saved, and configuration is easily restored through the Pro App if ever needed. 

Along these lines is product accountability, not only in how a product performs but also the proper disposal of it at the end of its lifecycle. Companies have the abilities and resources that consumers don’t, and this not only removes the burden from the consumer but, in theory, will be a better move for the environment.  

While it will take time to see the end of ownership, a subscription-based smart home is likely the direction we’re heading. Knowing what you should look for in one will ensure it’s designed for your benefit. 

Responsive Living, the term coined by Acoustic Architects founders, Aaron Flint and Spencer Hauldren, is the concept of seamlessly enhancing the client’s unique lifestyle using smart home technology. Responsive Living allows you to interact with your space via touch input, voice command, and predictive automation, placing you in full control of your home.

If you would like to learn more about integrating new systems into your smart home system, feel free to connect with us. We will be happy to schedule a demo with you.

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