Our response to the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19):

The health and safety of our personnel and clients is our top priority, FLY HOME AI is temporarily closing its Chicago, IL office. As a measure of caution, our leadership team has also taken the steps In accordance with guidance from local, state and federal health authorities, which are discouraging gatherings of people in order to try to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) while we evaluate this situation.

“Our first priority is to ensure the health and safety of our staff and clients,” said Marvin Lee, Project Manager . “In the meantime, our team is equipped with the required technology to work remotely and remains ready and available to assist our Client. We will continue to evaluate the situation, put measures in place to protect our communities, and communicate with you via our website at FLYHOME.BIZ as soon as we have more information to share.”

We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause. We know that you join us in prioritizing the health and well-being of your family. We value our relationship with you and the commitment you have made to this organization and look forward to continuing our work together. We recommend the following tips:

• Wash your hands frequently and use alcohol-based sanitizer (60% alcohol or more) when soap and water are unavailable.
• Use antimicrobial wipes to clean shared surfaces, including when travelling.
• Cover your coughs and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and dispose of tissues properly.
• Be considerate when disposing of your trash to aid in cleaning efforts.
• Minimize travel between other offices, floors and other businesses.
• Cancel non-essential meetings at the office for the next 30 days.
• Consider keeping at least a meter/yard distance between yourself and colleagues.
• If you or someone in your family is immunocompromised (e.g., pregnant, has an underlying respiratory condition such as asthma or COPD, is on medication that depresses one’s immunity such as cancer treatments), we recommend working from home until otherwise notified.

Which smart home ecosystem is best?

The first real question is; what kind of phone do you use? If you are an iPhone user then HomeKit and Siri is the obvious choice. As an android user things become a bit more complicated. Do you have Amazon Prime? Already own an Alexa enabled device? Then possibly staying under the umbrella of Alexa powered devices is the best move. As a Galaxy user or Samsung aficionado, Smart Things is yer another Alternative.

With HomeKit, you are sure that your smart home devices are secure.  Apple does not take its “Works with HomeKit” certification lightly, often demanding that devices seeking accreditation would follow specific hardware and software with a chip that would handle encryption being part of the requirements.

This is the reason why there are only a few devices that are certified to work with HomeKit, but it also ensures that security is the least of your worries.  Every communication between your HomeKit devices is encrypted, and Apple itself would not know what you ask Siri to do.

SmartThings, on the other hand, does not have this oversight.  In fact, one of the things that draw most people to SmartThings is the homebrew integrations that the developer community creates for devices that are not official partners yet. If you are still not sure, call an expert. We are here to help.