Last week, I had a great conversation with Jeremy Glowacki, who then wrote a piece on us on Residential Systems. We will also be included in print on their next issue.
We are very excited to be featured on one of the top websites for professional integrators. But we are also thrilled to have reached an agreement to share our blog posts with Residential Systems in a special column called “IoT Watch”. That’s coming soon, so stay tuned!
Here’s the blog post in full, taken from http://www.residentialsystems.com/blogentry/1217
Can’t Keep Up with IoT? There’s a New Resource
8/5/2016 1:41:00 PM
“I was looking into the more popular ones and also the ones that many people had never heard of before because sometimes there’s a great idea out there that just lacks the marketing or R&D support to expand beyond a certain level,” Panteli said.
He began collecting his research into smart home products into a list, recording pros and cons of each one, and physically testing what he could get his hands on. The list was divided up into categories (Automation, Cameras, Climate Control, Door Looks, etc.), and in recent years was filling up with more and more DIY products. After three years, the list was huge.
So, with the help of co-founder Stavros Azar and two content contributors, Panteli then designed a website where all of his research could reside. It would include both DIY options (think SmartThings, Wink, Amazon Echo, and Nest) as well as certain entry-level pro options (think Crestron Pyng, Lutron HomeWorks, and Savant Remote) in one place.
The feeling was that he could help educate consumers about the benefits and limitations of DIY smart home products and also introduce them to pro-level products and the professionals that are available to install them. He would be serving not only his own interests but that of the industry as a whole.
The beta version of qioto.com was up for more than a year. The final version is now live, and it looks great, with a simple “discovery” style platform, and easy-to-understand descriptions with product “lifestyle” photos. Panteli is still adding items from his old list, and he’s quick to add IoT products that are “in the news” (the Nest Camera is a recent addition.) He and his team regularly blog about new products or technology trends and offer comparisons between similar products on the site.
“Being an integrator, you can spot the mistakes [in product designs] so easily,” Panteli said. “We can show people what’s right and what’s wrong. Not just the specs, but a comparison of the stuff that you really care about. For example, if you put two cameras side by side, one reviewer might compare the resolution and connections, but might skip the important information about how you can mount it or put it in the ceiling. We show people what manufacturers really don’t advertise.”