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A home automation project is not about installing and programming fancy equipment and gadgets for a home. Rather, it's about assembling three key factors that drive a successful automation project: site, client, and technology. Many integrators and designers go with the most expensive, top-shelf solution, but many clients are not even technology savvy enough to use it; other clients feel comfortable with technology and wish to have the most advanced controls. In either case, precise planning and collaboration is key for a successful project.

The sumāto framework was created using established IT project management practices (e.g., Requirements -> Design -> Code -> Test -> Deploy), but also taking into consideration that most projects happen during construction in a home or apartment. Below are more details of our four-step framework that we apply in all projects:

STEP 01 - REQUIREMENTS: No client is the same. Requirements vary considerably with location, home size, client's lifestyle and affinity with technology, and conditions of the site. The most expensive system is not always the best solution.

STEP 02 - SPECIFICATIONS: A successful automation solution starts with planning for a solid networking infrastructure in the house. It continues with specifying the correct equipment to meet the client's requirements and aesthetic aspects as per the Architect or Interior Designer.


STEP 03 - IMPLEMENTATION: Site conditions are often unpredictable, therefore the solution should be flexible enough to account for last minute changes. Hanging and visible wires are not acceptable from an aesthetic point and close coordination with the construction crew is key in this phase.

STEP 04 - DELIVERY: Customizing systems and getting client sign-off is where we concretize the value of our solution. Documenting the systems (aka "As-Built") is equally important for future expansion and maintenance. Even when reselling the property, having well documented information increases the perceived value of your investment.

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