FEATURE: Westport Magazine, 'The Good Life 2019'



Living simply doesn’t mean doing without; it means living smart. And that leads to more: more time, more space, more security, more options for a home that works for you. TecKnow, a Westport firm founded by Phil Levieff, specializes in smart tech for today’s (make that tomorrow’s) home. “A light, a lock, a thermostat, a car, a solar roof,” says Kim Burke, COO, “these are all connected devices and can be part of a whole smart-home ecosystem to maximize security, energy efficiency and convenience.”

Home automation now uses the power and efficiency of both cutting edge technology and the sun. “There are a lot of things to consider when incorporating smart devices,” she says, “but at the top is, how secure is the device and what platform does it utilize?” With a master’s degree in cyber security and masterful interest in IoT [Internet of Things] space, she accepted our challenge to name her top five picks for laying a foundation upon which to create a smart home.

“Internet connectivity and choice of router—make sure to harden the device to minimize risk.”

“A secure, interoperable platform for peace of mind. We recommend Apple HomeKit.”

“Apple Homepods for voice-activated automation of smart devices. They have great sound quality and versatility and can be paired for stereo effect.”

“Smart thermostat, such as Ecobee, to maximize energy efficiency.”

“Solar and solar storage—the Tesla Powerwall offers clean and efficient energy and backup energy storage in the event of a power failure. Better than a generator—no noise.”