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SOLA, a new "smart" condo development in Kensington, is one example of how developers are shaking up their offerings to stand out in a crowded marketplace. 
Courtesy of the Ocgrow Group of Companies
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March 09, 2021 | Stefan Strangman

Adapt or die: Calgary condo developers embrace innovation and affordability to succeed in crowded COVID-19 market

COVID-19 has undoubtedly changed how Calgarians live their lives. According to market analysts, it has also started to affect where they live and how they buy homes, and condo developers have been forced to adapt.

At completion, SOLA will boast 172 condo units – all equipped with smart-home automation.
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Oct. 26, 2020 | Josh Skapin

New Kensington condo development innovates with commitment to smart technology

Calgary's condo market may be mired in a bit of a slump, but developers are still finding ways to make their latest offerings stand out.

This is what Ocgrow Group of Companies has done with SOLA, the company's new development in inner-city Kensington that will boast 172 condo units – all equipped with smart-home automation.

A Meural digital canvas can display famous artwork, or your own photos.
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May 16, 2018 | Gerald Vander Pyl

The future is now

How to control almost everything in your home with your phone

Want to have the coolest home on the block? Then fill it with all the latest smart home devices.

"A lot of people are familiar with smart home, and they have bits and pieces of it, but are looking at expanding," said Steven Toews, general manager of Best Buy's Deerfoot Meadows location.

According to Toews, smart lighting is the top-selling smart home category.

Calgary Economic Development’s media campaign included chalk art around Amazon’s current Seattle HQ.
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Dec. 06, 2017 | Barb Livingstone

The Amazon effect

New HQ or not, e-commerce giant's impact is already being felt

Let's call it the "Amazon effect": the cascading economic stimulation that comes from one of the world's largest corporations taking up residence in your market.

It is an effect already being felt in the Calgary region after the announcement that the e-commerce giant will be opening a 600,000-square-foot distribution centre in Balzac – employing 750 full-time workers, and an additional 450 part-time or seasonally, by the end of 2018.

In lighting systems like Philips Hue, the light bulb itself is smart. These bulbs talk to each other via the short-range, low-powered communication standard called ZigBee, allowing wireless control of a lighting system as big or as small as you want — up to 50 lights on one network, in most cases. Photo courtesy Philips Hue
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Dec. 21, 2016 | Miles Durie

Year of the smart home

New programs could see homeowners coming out ahead

milesIf 2007 was the year of the smartphone, then 2017 might be the year of the smart home.

Before 2007, there were cellphones that connected to the Internet, sure. But that year, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone. It was the company's biggest innovation since 1984's launch of the original Macintosh, and its ripple effect on the entire technology sector continues.

Enthusiasts waited in line all night to get an iPhone and for a tremendous number of people, seeing one was wanting one (although the initial high price tag held a lot of us back until the next year).


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