All of Skylink’s products are designed to be installed by the homeowner without any special skills or tools.
Smart Home Interview - Skylink
Gallen Tsui | Skylink
Can you tell us a bit about your company, your products and where you fit into the Smart Home industry?
Skylink has over 25 years of experience in the wireless technology and home automation industry. Our product lines include wireless security systems, garage door openers, as well as, lighting and home automation devices. SkylinkNet is the latest product line from Skylink, allowing users to control their homes through a smartphone app. Homeowners can manage SkylinkNet sensors, controlling lights to arming and disarming their security system from anywhere in the world. Please visit Skylink’s website for more information: www.skylinkhome.com
Which technologies do your products use to communicate with each other and how does it work?
Skylink develops its own wireless communication protocol, which has the following advantages:
- Low Power Consumption - Most battery operated devices uses AA or AAA alkaline batteries which are commonly available and inexpensive, while providing typical 2 years of battery life. Even AC operated devices such as wall switches or wall dimmers are able to operate without neutral wire.
- Extended Operating Range with improved penetration - Skylink’s wireless communication protocol operates at a lower frequency, providing better penetration through walls and further operating range compared to other protocols on the market.
Do your products communicate with products from other manufacturers using a standard protocol?
No, Skylink’s connected home suite does not communicate with other products on the market. Therefore, we provide a very broad product line for our customers to choose from.
What types of devices do you manufacture or provide?
- Network Devices
- Software / Apps
- Security Devices
- Lighting and Automation Devices
- Other (Access Control such as Garage Door Opener, Swing Door Opener)
Can your products be installed by the homeowner or are special skills and tools required?
All of Skylink’s products are designed to be installed by the homeowner without any special skills or tools. Skylink offers detailed quick guides for homeowners to easily install their new units.
In a short paragraph or 2 please describe how your products fit into a Smart Home scenario and how they are set up to work together to perform automated tasks.
Skylink offers an Event Trigger function which creates “If…then…” scenarios, allowing users to program events, such as, “If the front door opens, then turn on the porch light.” Users can specify the time, day and status of when the main unit should be activated. Users can also set-up various schedules to control multiple automation devices depending on a homeowners needs, such as, “If a flood sensor in the basement is activated, then trigger the siren, send the homeowner and push notification, and turn on all of the lights in the basement.”
About Gallen Tsui
After graduating from the University of Waterloo in 1999 with a Bachelor’s in Applied Science, Gallen Tsui joined Skylink as a System Engineer, later on serving as the R&D Manager. His experience includes product design and project development across a range of industries, specifically focusing on consumer electronics and OEM / ODM project management. Tsui is passionate about building and designing innovative products & this has led him to develop over 20 patented products throughout the years. With his current role as the Sales and Marketing Director, his objectives include developing retail partnerships and to help Skylink become a recognized brand in the consumer electronics industry.
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