The sun and the air, from the palm of your hand

Every home has different sensors, hardware devices and networks… Maybe too many. Flow Pilots streamlined connectivity for Renson’s remote apps.

Renson brings sun shading and ventilation to the 21st century. Buy their patio covers or ventilation systems and you’ll find yourself regulating the sun and the air through an app on your phone. While this may sound like a regular remote control, aligning hardware with users’ networks and outdated software is no walk in the park.

Syncing the sun

Renson needed an app for users to easily open and close outdoor roofs and patio covers. And window shading. And lights. And heaters. That means lots of different scenarios to keep in mind, especially since they run on different hardware. Furthermore, high-end clients also need different devices connected in groups, so they can operate them at the same time.

The nut to crack here was to make Renson’s Connect app work, regardless of the performance of that network or the hardware gateway. The Flow Pilots solution: installing a detection mechanism that lets the app update itself, before letting the user configure their hardware through the app. Smooth and easy.

Because of the app’s solid architecture on the backend, Renson’s workflow has become more simple: when they need to change functionality, they can now do so with very little impact on the mobile app’s code logic. And most importantly, end users do not notice. Only one change in the code is required and it will flow to all Android and iOS devices.

“We’re launching two weeks from now.”

“Okay, can do.”

When air quality matters, for real

Renson’s baseline is ‘Creating healthy spaces’. The company not only deals in pleasant living conditions, but also in healthy air. Their automated ventilators can measure humidity, air quality, temperature, volatile organic compounds, carbon dioxide… When a parameter goes into red, the machine reacts. Users regulate this with the app called Sense.

When the corona pandemic struck, this became a more serious matter than ever. For event spaces, bars and restaurants, the difference between good or bad ventilation also meant the difference between opening or closing down. Governments were very strict with regulations, but they were never quick with the technical info.

The reality of the case? Feature requirements were sent two weeks before the Sense app and the hardware had to indicate carbon dioxide levels to the public at large. Two weeks. This included development, testing and publishing. Flow Pilots made the difference in sheer speed. The pandemic had developers working in different locations, but with everybody running the extra mile, they delivered. Because it mattered.

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  • Backend: .NET and C#
  • Mobile app: SkiaSharp, Xamarin.Forms
  • Management: Microsoft Azure DevOps