Garageio Takes Your Garages to Smart, Intelligent Territory

November 4, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Intelligent home security systems and locks are not new. The latest add on to this range comes in the form of smart garage openers.

Though this technology is quite recent, the market is getting well populated with products like Craftsman and LiftMaster, which have smartphone based control systems for some models.

Garageio, one such controller from Alottazs Labs , in Columbus, Ohio, like many other smart openers, allows you to connect your garage door opener to your smart phone and lets you control three separate doors from it with the help of WiFi.

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More than this, Garageio also lets you monitor when the status of whether your garage is closed or open. With Garageio, you can also grant access to other smartphone users and track their entry and exit from the garage.

You will find most of these basic features in openers like GoGoGate which costs $179, MobileGDO which comes at $149.99 and SecuRemote which will cost you $149. All these products claim that they work with the existing garage opening systems.

But according to Zak Dziczkowski, the owner of Alottazs Labs which produces Garageio, the ease of use and WiFi control sets the product apart from the rest.

WiFi is an advantage over the other Bluetooth-controlled systems as that the latter will restrict your control to 50 meters. Though, contrary to Garageio’s claims, there are also four other WiFi-based devices namely GoGoGate, Mobile GDO, MIDoor and NiOgarage that are available in the market.

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But the company still seems to have an advantage over its competitors when it comes to ease-of-use. The Garageio’s iOS app is looks clean. It is also to control different doors of the garage through your smartphone with Garageio.

GoGogate’s app also is equipped with similar looks, though MiDoor and Mobile GDO lack these advantages when it comes to the look and feel of the product.

Another problem for Garageio, or any smart home product, will be that without connecting it to a hub system or some other smart home network that supports multiple connected devices, each separate device would need its own app.

A universal hub and app environment like Revolv can solve the issue. In all, the app consolidation is important and should be considered well before introducing any smart home device to it.

At present, Garageio is in beta stage, and though the company is accepting pre-orders now, whether or not Garageio will enter the market successfully will depend on the forthcoming crowd funding campaign soon to be launched on Fundable.

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