White Papers


Digital Platform Strategies for the Connected Home

Smart mobile devices have dramatically changed the way we live, work, play, and learn. In the same manner that desktop personal computing changed in our lives in the latter part of the 20th century, smart mobile devices are changing our lives at an even more dramatic rate in the 21st century. In 2014 there were approximately 300 million desktop computing devices shipped around the world (and that number is staying relatively flat). By comparison, 2.3 billion smart mobile phones and tablets were shipped last year – a number that is growing at about 5% year. 2015 smartwatch shipment estimates cover a wide range, from 21 million to 65 million – but that’s far higher than the 11.3 million to 19.5 million first-year shipment estimates for the Apple iPad when it was introduced in 2010. About 17% of U.S. Internet users now own a wearable device. The expanding category includes everything from the Apple Watch and Google Android Wear watch to Web-connected smart rings.

This cyberManor White Paper gives an overview of the benefits of Best of Breed app based solutions for AV and home control. Apple mobile platform solutions are reviewed because of their ongoing innovation in smart mobile technologies and dominance in the phone, tablet (and now watch and TV) marketplace. The high resolution retina screens of the Apple iPad and iPad Mini, coupled with the fact that over 250 million of these products have been sold to date, have made the iPad the “de facto” platform for most of the leading home control and AV applications.

With Apple’s recent introduction of the smart watch we may find that this complementary touch screen product to their phone and tablet line will also be used for many home control functions – such as checking the front door camera, locking or unlocking the front door, or arming and disarming the home. There are many simple, glance-able one touch home control applications that are very well suited for the new Apple Watch. (Click here for a more detailed review of the new Apple Watch.)

“This paper is 100% consistent with the direction that Century Development is going in our homes. For the reasons you have outlined in your white paper we have resolved to adopt a multi-application iOS-based approach to home control using many of the same apps you have identified (specifically: Lockitron, NEST, Sonos, Lutron, Liftmaster). In addition to the reasons you mentioned in your paper, we like the idea that behind each app is a company constantly innovating and improving the app, and running the web services necessary to connect those apps with real time services.”

David Cowen
Partner at Bessemer Ventures and Co-Founder of Verisign

“I concur with Gordon’s conclusion that it will be a multi-app world on general purpose handhelds for the future of home control. Now that the platform is in place we will be seeing a steady stream of new and improved apps to cover every function of home control. In only a year great apps have already been developed that cover every function of whole home control in a best in class way.”

Tom Cullen
Sonos Co-Founder

“There are great insights in this white paper. It’s the closest thing out there to the “reference” standard for today’s connected home.”

Mike Simmons
Inventor of the Viper SmartStart

“Apps are a great way to control entertainment throughout your home. Gordon’s paper does a great job of unveiling a whole new world of options for personalization and integration of devices, services and technologies.”

Bard Williams
Ed.D. TiVo Inc. Director, Retail & Channel Marketing


Anatomy of a Digital Home Upgrade

The most common audio/video and home control upgrade that we complete for our clients existing homes is removing older analogue, matrix switch-based infrastructures and installing new digital, Ethernet switch based infrastructures. This white paper gives a detailed overview of exactly what you can expect from cyberManor when we transition your older analogue audio/video and control architecture to a new networked audio/video and control architecture.

Voice Control for your Home

Here is our paper that we wrote for Amazon’s Alexa team on the best way to get Started with Voice Control for your Home: