Additional benefits for when householders are not home are being looked into. For example, camera technology at the front door is currently in the research and development phase: ‘If someone rings your doorbell when you are out then a camera will send an image to your smartphone to tell you this,’ Craig says. ‘You can have a look and, if it’s a delivery driver, you can open the garage door, they can drop the package in and you can close the door.’
He adds that if a homeowner has left for the day and wonders if they have left the iron on, then they ‘can easily check’.
‘And, if you are on holidays, you can push one button and the lights will come on in the house at night as a security feature. Or you can even set a schedule so that you don’t have to do anything at all. The iZone system will do all the work, all from a touch screen on a smart device from anywhere in the world.’
While the iZone system involves an initial outlay by homeowners, Craig says that it is becoming more affordable and can easily be supplemented later.
‘It is similar to what has happened with the cost of solar panels. As technology develops it always becomes cheaper. I see this technology becoming standard in the future,’ he says.
‘It is a great home investment for the future and extremely practical, given our increasing dependence on smart technology in our everyday lives. Right now, the iZone technology is a must- have for anyone looking at designing their new home. In fact, it is an opportunity for them to future-proof their home.’
And, for Gemmill Homes, the partnership with iZone is an opportunity not only to offer a cutting-edge technology to its customers but to secure the company’s future in a competitive and uncertain housing market.