For nearly two decades, the smart home industry has been waiting to find out which providers will make smart homes the standard for most households. Telcos, cablecos, security providers, and appliance makers have all experimented with smart solutions, but Lennar, a nationwide homebuilder, is enabling new homeowners to choose an entirely smart home from the beginning of the building process. Lennar’s “Everything’s Included” program combines products from Ring, Level, eero, Moen, Honeywell, and MyQ.
The most compelling facet of this partnership is that Lennar’s agreement with Ring enables homeowners to control other vendors’ smart products through a single app. This could signal that the industry is moving towards greater interoperability acceptance overall.
As smart home products have become increasingly common in households – especially smart speakers and displays which are now owned by 30% of U.S. consumers, according to Interpret’s Smart Home Matrix – people have become accustomed to the convenience provided. Lennar and Ring’s partnership overcomes two barriers to adoption of smart home products: installation hassles, and integration. By selling homes already outfitted with smart products, homeowners can enjoy all the benefits of smart products without the hassles of selecting and installing them or selecting an installer for them. Lennar’s home automation app provides homeowners with a single app to control multiple devices from multiple vendors.
According to Interpret’s Smart Home Matrix™, the desire for a single app is the primary motivator for people who want products to be interoperable. Will Lennar’s integrated offering make their homes more desirable than competitors’ products down the street? All other things being equal, the answer is most certainly, yes.