Control & Automation

Save Time on Installations With Wi-Fi-Enabled Smart Timer

Thanks to its use of three pre-programmed templates, Intermatic's Ascend Smart In-Wall Timer can help save integrators significant time when installing smart lighting systems.

According to Intermatic, 80 to 90% of programs put into its Ascend Smart In-Wall Timer system are covered by one of the three templates they provide.

Andrew Nichols · May 8, 2019

Each day, more and more Americans take the plunge and bring smart technology into their homes. According to reports from NPR and Edison Research, nearly 40 million Americans own at least one smart speaker, and strong indicator of future adoption of smart controls.

The good news for integrators? This trend is going to keep the industry very, very busy.

The not-so-great news: Installing next-generation smart home devices isn’t always as fast and easy as it should be. Overly complicated systems and clunky interfaces can lead to headaches on the job site and a host of nuisance troubleshooting issues.

"If an installer has a very large project, they can create a custom schedule, save it to their mobile device and then call it up and use it in the next installation."
— Kim Durkot

"A lot of times homeowners will become frustrated in working with a hub-based system," says Kim Durkot, segment marketing manager, Intermatic

Intermatic helps avoid this problem with the hubless Ascend Smart In-Wall TimerAscend Smart is a Wi-Fi-enabled smart timer that can be used for both home lighting and light commercial applications.

Perfect for entryways, garages, lobbies and other shared spaces, it’s a simple way to automate routine lighting schedules, improve security and boost energy efficiency. Better still, Ascend Smart is compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.  

The bread-and-butter of the system is its three pre-programmed templates, which keeps things simple for customers and saves up to 15 minutes on each installation. 

According to Intermatic, 80 to 90% of programs put into the system are covered by one of the three templates. 

Read Next: Intermatic Smart In-Wall Lighting Timer Sidesteps Installer Pain Points

"If an installer has a very large project, they can create a custom schedule, save it to their mobile device and then call it up and use it in the next installation," says Durkot. 

In addition, installers can email or text a schedule to other coworkers who can then use it on the devices they install. 



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  About the Author

Andrew is a journalist and educator living in the Providence area. He was previously the Editor-in-Chief of a gaming and tech website, and the Managing Editor of his university newspaper, The Torch. He received his Bachelors in Writing and Masters in Teaching from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Andrew at andrew.nichols@emeraldexpo.com

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