The time is coming for your smart home installation! Soon, you’ll be relaxing while you control your house with the push of a button. Turn the TV to your favorite streaming service, dim the lights, and adjust the thermostat all from the comfort of your couch. But before we can have some fun, there are a few things to go over. 

Here at Hive, a leading home automation company in Tampa Bay, we believe in open and honest communication. We know that no one likes unpleasant surprises, especially when it comes to your installation. 

Due to the nature of construction, several things could cause a delay. But, that doesn’t mean everything should take you by surprise. In this article, we cover situations that could cause a delay in your smart home installation. 

Smart home installation delays fall into three major categories:

Common Smart Home Installation Delays

Scheduling

Scheduling is a primary factor that can slow down an installation. For example, if we have an appointment time and the client cannot keep that appointment or has to cancel, that can slow it down considerably. 

If you had to cancel an appointment for today, it doesn’t mean there will be time available in tomorrow’s schedule. Canceling an appointment could potentially mean you would get put at the end of the line.

We stay in excellent communication with our clients and expect clients to do so as well. These scheduling changes can extend installation time, cost additional money, and call for redeployment of our trucks and materials. Changes to our schedule don’t always work out well for a rapid home installation. 

The most effective way to counteract scheduling delays is to keep to the initial schedule agreed to by you and the scheduler. If it is necessary to change the schedule please contact Hive as soon as possible so the project can be rescheduled. Additionally, all family members must be present during Hive’s Tech School. This ensures that all members of the household will be able to use your brand-new smart equipment. We even have a tech certificate signing! Having the tech team come back out to train other family members on how to use the equipment might cost additional money if some of the family members are not present.

Equipment

Wi-Fi enhancement and equipment integration can quickly lead to installation delays. Here are some things to be aware of.

One of the first things to consider is if you have adequate Wi-Fi throughout the home or business. If you have a poor distribution of Wi-Fi throughout the home or business, you would need to address this before being able to completely integrate a smart home hub. 

Integrating third-party equipment. Different manufacturers have different equipment required for a third-party interface between the controller and that product. This means there can be issues integrating this equipment with the rest of the home. 

For example, garage door openers, swimming pool controllers, and motorized automated shades may each require a third-party device to integrate between the central brain and that actual product. Check with your smart home provider to see what components are needed for your system and what additional costs those items would be.

There is a chance a piece of your equipment is on backorder. Backorders are things the vendor does not have on hand, but can still sell. This is based on the fact that more stock is coming in. That could be in a few days, weeks, or months. 

Backordered items can also be a result of a supplier having an end-of-life product. This could be for a model year item or an updated part that is replacing an outdated component. The vendor may not realize the demand for the newly introduced product is high and does not have enough inventory to fulfill orders. However, the lines are currently dry. The result? Companies are left with a gap where you have to get resourceful and get parts wherever possible.

In the event that a part of your system is backordered, the scheduler will contact you immediately to reschedule the installation.They may also discuss what parts of the project can move forward while the piece is being shipped. 

Construction 

These types of delays are often due to the area needing construction. This could be anything from tearing down drywall or adding electrical plugs. Here are some situations to be aware of when planning your smart home.

One delay could be that the area needs more electrical outlets. Hive is a low voltage technician and cannot move electrical outlets. We do have a preferred list of high voltage contractors we can refer to you or schedule on your behalf. This will lead to a delay if we do not know about this need ahead of time, due to the licensed electrician required to do this task.

Inaccessible areas also create delays in the installation. These areas can reveal themselves as early as our initial walkthrough, or later during the installation process. This includes crawl spaces, attics, or closets where our technicians will not be able to fit themselves or the equipment. 

How Do I Prepare For These Installation Delays?

Knowing the possible ways your project could be delayed is a huge step in preparing for your smart home. During your Swarm Meeting, you’ll be handed our No Surprises Promise, a handy document that details any potential delays. 

You can read more about our No Surprises Promise in a previous blog. This Promise allows you or your design consultant to identify potential problems ahead of time, and focus on how to keep your project close to the initial price level. 

If you have any questions about our No Surprises Promise, contact us at (813) 575-HIVE or reach out through our contact page. You can also watch amazing behind-the-scene installations on our Youtube Channel.

The first step to any major project is designing a plan. But how do you plan a home automation project? At Hive, a premier home Automator in Tampa Bay, we offer a free consultation service for this exact reason. 

We all know the first question on everyone's mind is “what’s this going to cost?”. Before we come out, we recommend you fill out our Budget calculator. This handy tool helps create a reasonable budget for your installation. 

Much like our technicians, our Hive design consultants are knowledgeable and respectful. They are dedicated to making sure your smart home vision is fully realized. In this article, we cover the various steps you’re designer will take during your consultation. 

What Happens When A Hive Design Consultant Arrives?

First of all, your Hive design consultant will ask you lots of questions to be sure they understand your needs and what you want in your smart home. The consultant will walk through your home with you (or go over the plans if it is a new home). From there, you can tell them what you would like in each room. 

This consultation service covers existing homes and ones still in the building process. Topics you and your designer will cover include: 

As you tour the house or discuss the plans, your designer will note anything that could lead to a disruption in the installation. This can include inaccessible areas or issues with product compatibility. 

For more information on what could cause an increase in time or price, take a look at our No Surprise Promise. This policy covers the most common delays in the home automation industry and what you can do to prevent/combat them. 

What Happens After The Design?

Once you and the designer have toured the home/reviewed the blueprints, you’ll sit down to go over everything that was discussed. It’s important to be upfront about everything you want for your smart home. This allows the designer to put together a full-fledged proposal in a quick amount of time. 

During this time, it is good to discuss the issue fully with your consultant and ask any questions you may have. Be very thorough in the questions you ask. Our consultants are extremely knowledgeable and can suggest alternatives to any issues that may arise.

We’ll then be able to give you an accurate estimate of the work that would be involved and we can make an intelligent proposal for your home project.

What Happens at the End of the Consultation?

After this meeting with your design consultant, you will receive the fully worked-out proposal to include everything you went over and provide you with a cost estimate for the entire project. Love the proposal? Great! Simply confirm with your designer and they take you to the next steps of starting your smart home installation. 

Want a few changes? Reply with the requested changes, alternatives, and questions and the Hive designer will adjust the proposal accordingly. 

Have more questions about your free consultation? Reach out to us at 813-928-1585 to talk to a knowledgeable Hive representative today! Make sure to watch more behind-the-scenes on the Hive Youtube Channel

What if you could control everything in your home with your voice? Of course, this isn’t a new concept. Smart speakers like Alexa or Google Home have been on the market for years now. But they aren’t without their many faults. What if everything could be connected to a smart speaker and very natural voice commands can be used to control everything? 

Communicating with your voice is a natural way to communicate; one could say it is part of being human. Using voice commands can also create an emotional connection to the spaces we live in. 

At Hive, a premier home automation company in Tampa, we’re proud to be an installer of Josh A.I. A smart assistant quickly rising in the market, Josh is fit to handle all your smart home needs. 

What is Josh A.I?

Josh A.I. is a voice-controlled automation system. Josh’s programming language lets you use natural language voice commands. You can use greetings, questions, and instructions.

Josh comes with what is called a core (The Brain). It also comes with two different mics. One is called a Micro. The Micro can be mounted on the wall or set on top of a table or counter. The other is called Nano. It is smaller in size. It only mounts on the wall. There should be a Micro or a Nano in each room of the house. 

You can use Josh via a natural speech command (“Josh, turn on the lights in the kitchen and play Whisky Blues”). Because of the use of natural language, Josh will understand which room you are in by simply detecting your voice through the speaker. No more, “Alexa, turn on the living room lights.” A simple, “turn on the lights” is sufficient for this smart assistant. 

You can use your phone or tablet along with your computer to control Josh by using the app.

Built on more than a decade of research and development, Josh offers the most natural voice control for the home. Yes, voice control is the next frontier, but privacy concerns create distrust in those offerings from Big Tech. That’s why Josh is built on a foundation of privacy and trust. With Josh, you should always feel relaxed, comforted, and safe going about your day. There are numerous privacy settings so Josh can only listen to what you want it to and will keep other content completely private.

Comparing Josh A.I.

While touchscreens and physical interfaces aren’t always intuitive, speaking with your voice, as with Josh Ai, creates a more emotional and fluid way to interact.

From your lights and shades to music, TV, thermostats, and more, Josh makes it incredibly simple to live with your home and all of its smart devices. Josh easily connects to a variety of systems, such as Control4, Lutron, Creston, and Savant. 

One of the smart speaker's key features is its ability to understand natural language. While Alexa and Google Home require specific commands, Josh can understand the same command phrased in a variety of ways. For example, if you call one area your living room and your mother calls it a sitting room. Josh learns both phrases and responds to both. 

Here are some examples of Josh A.I. compared to Alexa and Google Home

Josh A.I. Alexa/Google Home
  1. Doesn’t need a wake command
  2. Expansive integration with multiple smart home systems
  3. Accepts multiple commands at once
  4. Learns and adapt to your habits
  1. Only responds to “Hey Alexa/Ok Google”
  2. Limited integration
  3. Can only respond to requests one at a time
  4. Routines/scenes need to be set in advance

Additional Features

As well as making controls fast and easy, voice control makes a smart home more accessible to everyone. Mobility or other challenges are no obstacle when it comes to Josh’s voice controls, so Josh creates a more accessible environment. 

In addition to its amazing A.I-based technology, Josh has pioneered award-winning hardware, including the world’s smallest, far-field microphone array with Josh Nano. Josh A.I. is also secure and safe. Josh encrypts all messages, uses common protocols like OAuth2 and SSH (secure shell), and actively monitors and notifies you when suspicious activity is detected. No use of client information for marketing or sold to third parties.

Josh A.I. offers a simple, magical and private way to interact with the world. To learn more about Josh A.I. call a knowledgable Hive representative at (813) 575-HIVE or visit Josh A.I.'s website. Contact Hive today for your free consultation and learn how Josh can improve your smart home experience. 

Check out our blog and Youtube channel for more information and behind-the-scenes installations. 

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