Your Sensi Development Team: Meet Andrew, Joe, and Scott

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Get to know the brain behind the technology.

Last month, we introduced you to Julie, one of our many customer support agents, so you could get to know the people you’ll be speaking with should you ever need support with your Sensi™ Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat. Our large development team is just as crucial in ensuring that you have the ultimate home comfort experience. They are the folks who are constantly tweaking the technology to provide the best user experience. The ones behind the scenes coding feature upgrades like Keypad Lockout and ensuring your Sensi thermostat can communicate with third parties for integration into home automation devices.

In this blog series, we’ll introduce you to some of our developers. Get to know the brains behind the technology.

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Meet Andrew, Senior Software Systems Engineer

When he’s not experimenting with new technologies, Andrew enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking and playing golf. This former Colorado resident also loves to “shred the gnar” with friends. (That’s snowboarding to the rest of us.)

 

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Meet Joe, Software Solutions Manager

Joe and his wife are big DIYers and love tackling home projects together. When he’s not reading “Entrepreneur” or other tech magazines and blogs, Joe likes to go bike riding with his wife and two wonderful sons.

 

 

ScottMeet Scott, Technical Product Manager

Scott is married with three grown children, and is also a big outdoorsman. He enjoys archery and target pistol shooting. He also loves to hike and bike the rural Missouri trails with his family.

 

 

 

Describe a typical day at work.

“When I first arrive at work, our entire team has a quick meeting called a Stand Up. This is where we share what has been accomplished and what needs to be done. Then we split into pairs where I am normally paired with a Junior Software Engineer.  Here I am focused on teaching him and getting our stories (projects with a specified unit of desired functionality) completed. When I’m not working on bringing the next big feature to our customers, I am focusing on learning new technologies to enhance our current product.” – Andrew

“As manager of software solutions, I work with our product owners to plan and prioritize our workload. I also jump in with the development team to work stories and liaison with our product managers and marketing teams to find other opportunities to expand our market share through automation platforms like the Wink Smart Home Platform. To be able to use their thermostat with the automation platform of their choice is a great benefit to our customers.” – Joe

“My typical day starts by checking the status of the API. I ensure that it’s up and communicating with our partners and answer any technical support queries. I work closely with both the business development team and the development team to make sure that the API is meeting everyone’s needs. Another thing I do is to help to onboard new API program partners to learn about their different programs and advise on how Sensi thermostat can help them and their customers to maximize efficiency and save energy. – Scott

What is your favorite thing about working on the Sensi Development Team?

“It is always good to see how our team is constantly adapting to the new technologies and challenges.”- Andrew

“My favorite thing about working on the dev team is being able to walk into the store and show friends and family the Sensi thermostat that I helped build.” – Joe

“We have an incredibly diverse team of developers that can work on virtually any platform or language. From iOS and Android mobile development to cloud services and all types of contemporary web-based technologies. Our developers can program in virtually any language and on virtually any platform. That makes us very well-rounded and able to respond to changing business requirements with the latest technology.” – Scott

What is your favorite feature on the Sensi thermostat?

“No need for a C-wire.” – Andrew

“Sensi thermostat works with Wink!”- Joe

“If my HVAC system has a problem, the Sensi application will email me about the loss of cooling or heating in plenty of time for me to correct the problem.”- Scott

 

Control Your Sensi Thermostat with Wink Smart Home Platform

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Sensi thermostat Wink compatibility gives you even more control over your home comfort

SensiWi-Fi Programmable Thermostat Wink integration now gives you control your favorite thermostat along with your lights, locks, garage door and other Wink-compatible smart home products from your Wink app.

Wink brings the best smart products together in a simple, easy-to-use app. The Wink HUB allows your different smart products to speak the same wireless language so that you can easily control them – and customize their interactions – from the Wink app.”

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Giving Sensi thermostat Wink control is easy. Simply open your Wink app, click “add a product”, then select Sensi thermostat under “Heating & Cooling” and follow the instructions.

Wink-compatible products and the Wink HUB are available at Wink.com, Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com, and your local The Home Depot store.

Click here for more information on home automation.

Six Benefits to Home Automation

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Homeowners are reaping the benefits of new technologies to automate their homes

Until recently, the idea of home automation was relatively unfamiliar to most people. However, as more products and technologies become more easily accessible, homeowners across the country are upgrading their homes.

So what is home automation? Simply put, home automation puts control of basic home systems and appliances into the hands of the homeowner and provides access from a remote point – like a smartphone app, or at a centralized unit inside the home. Just like some of the futuristic technology seen on television in shows like “The Jetsons” or “Star Trek”, it’s now possible to control things like your home temperature, lighting, and even security systems with the touch of a screen, the swipe of a finger, and even the sound of your voice.

If the idea of a smart, automated home sounds too “techy” for your tastes, or you think these kinds of products probably cost an arm and a leg, think again. The future is now and it’s completely accessible. Plus, there are a lot of hidden benefits to automating your home that you might not have thought about before.

6 Benefits to Home Automation

 

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1.     Security

Tap your finger to turn on the lights when you get home so you aren’t worried about what’s hiding in the shadows, or in your pathways. Or automate to turn on when you aren’t home to look like you are to ward off potential robbers. Door locks are another automated home product that can increase your home security.

Worried that the kids didn’t lock the doors before they ran off to play? Or that someone will discover your not-so-secret hiding place for the extra key? Take control of your home safety from a simple app. With some products, you can even get an alert every time someone enters your home.

 

 

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2.     Energy Efficiency

Increase your home’s energy efficiency by remotely powering off systems and appliances when they aren’t in use. In addition to the standard home automation products that give you active control, some products actively monitor systems and arm the homeowner with knowledge, insight and guidance to achieve greater control and energy efficiency. ComfortGuard is a 24-hour monitoring service for heating and cooling equipment that can predict and even prevent breakdowns. It also includes personalized monthly reports to help homeowners track equipment performance, reduce excess energy usage and improve efficiency.

 

 

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3.     Savings

Home automation literally pays off. When you are able to use home systems and appliances only when needed, the savings will be apparent in the first utility bill. No more wasting money on lights left on when you aren’t home, or spending money on gas to drive home because you forgot to lock the door. Monetary savings are apparent, but you’ll also be saving time. No wasted trips home, no running through the house turning everything off, no time spent worrying about what was or wasn’t turned off.


 

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4.     Convenience

Don’t you hate having to rely on neighbors to watch your house when you’re gone? With home automation, convenient control of your home is at your fingertips. You don’t have to trust someone else with your most valued possessions.

 

 

 

 

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5.     Comfort

Ever leave for work in the morning when it was a comfortable 68° outside only to come home to a sweltering house because the temperature shot up to 90°? A connected home product like the SensiWi-Fi Programmable Thermostat lets you conveniently adjust your home temperature from the mobile app so your family is always comfortable.

 

 

 

 

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6.     Peace of Mind

One of the biggest hidden benefits that comes with home automation is peace of mind. No more worrying if you turned of the lights, locked the door, or turned off the television. For people who have a lot on their plates, being able to easily check these items off the to-do list and stop the obsessive worrying, home automation is reassuring and definitely worth the investment.

 

 

 

 

Get on board with the benefits of home automation today!