Summit Automation Newsletter – March 2021
We would like to congratulate CHI Builders on their expansion, and welcome our new Summit automated door systems representatives to the family!
There’s a new product on the horizon – revolutionized by Summit and requested by our valued Customers! Our 6-in-1 switch will be available in about 4-6 weeks, and incorporates several new features. While there will be a slight upcharge for these new options, we are sure you’ll find the convenience, security, and COVID-safe elements well worth it! You can learn more about the 6-in-1 below.
For months, the entire Summit team had been gearing up for the February 2021 International Builders Show (IBSx), the largest expo in the world for the housing industry. In October, we were notified the show would be held virtually, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Exhibiting at a virtual expo still takes months of preparation, so we made the necessary adjustments to our plan, and continued to work hard, excited for the upcoming event. Unfortunately, when IBSx was supposed to start, there were serious technical issues on the show’s side that could not be resolved, forcing it to be canceled. All of us exhibitors, having invested time, money, and other resources to prepare for IBSx, were extremely disappointed that the show turned out this way. For us, this was our very first expo being an exhibitor. While we understand such difficulties can occur, we were really looking forward to meeting new potential Dealers and Customers to add to our Summit family.
As you can see, we’ve been very busy the past several months! Once again, we would like to thank our family of Customers, Associates, and Installers/Dealers. You all are integral to our success. Let’s continue this forward momentum and energy throughout 2021!
Auto Open – With the new timer function you may set 2,4,6, or 8 hours timer or toggle the mode on or off. Many of our Customers find this mode very useful, because it allows guests to gain entry without touching the keypad. When party mode has been activated by the homeowner and a guest approaches, the motion sensor triggers the automated door to open, then after 5 seconds and the sensor is clear, the door self-closes. Since we are all still living with COVID-19, Summit’s party mode remains in high demand. The timer can also be considered a security feature, in the case of a homeowner forgetting to turn off party mode. When the programmed time expires, the door goes back into lock mode, and to be opened again, the open/close button must be pressed.
Self-Close Mode – Press OPEN on the wall switch and the door opens and then after a 5 second delay, the door self-closes if the motion sensor is clear.
Proximity Sensor – The updated switch also has a proximity sensor built inside. This is yet another innovation requested by our Customers, due to COVID-19. Some Customers do not wish to have motion sensors but still wanted the functionality of opening a door without touching the switch. So, when the door is in Auto Open Mode, simply wave your hand in front of the switch to activate the system to open the door. This feature eliminates having two switches as they are now combined.
Summit Automation’s new 6-in-1 switch will be available in about 4-6 weeks, and there will be a slight upcharge to add all of these new, beneficial, practical, versatile, and advanced aspects to your door operating system. We are proud to be able to offer so many incredible features that our Customers have requested!
In addition, we have integrated a new proximity sensor usable in auto-open mode, which allows the door to be opened with just a wave of the hand – no touching buttons required. These new features were born out of Customer feedback and concerns related to the persistent COVID-19 situation.
Style, peace-of-mind, and enhanced security aren’t the only reasons to consider a Summit automated door system. The convenience factor is also an advantage to having such a system for the door to your home. Having a door that can open and close according to a programmed setting has many applications. When guests are expected, use Summit’s party mode to allow access to your home touch free. When your arms are full of grocery bags, it’s incredibly handy to have the door “see” you coming, then close 5 seconds later after you’ve cleared the sensor. Taking the dog for a short walk or going to the mailbox is a much more pleasant experience without having to remember your smartphone to let you back into the house. These are just a few examples shared with us by Customers who appreciate the convenience our systems bring to their lives.
Automated doors add a touch of elegance while being versatile, adding practical benefits, and bringing peace of mind to everyone in the household.
An integral part of our growth and expansion is the establishment of strategic alliances with industry leaders. Recently, we have announced three important partnerships with the following companies: