Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Smart Systems grew out of a do-it-yourself project.

Byline: Lisa Abeyta For the Journal

John Geiwitz figured if he could add intelligence to a Coke machine, he certainly ought to be able to add intelligence to his house.

As an applications engineer with Intel in Sandoval County six years ago, he spearheaded a project commissioned by Coca-Cola to add "smart" capabilities to certain vending machines, enabling the company to better track the soda pop dispensed and money collected.

He decided to toy with a similar concept in his house, which was then under construction on the West Side of Albuquerque.

He found that there was little product choice and limited technical support, so he took a sabbatical from Intel to try a more hands-on approach.

In the process, he found his new business.

His home project became the springboard to found Smart Systems Technologies, which specializes in integrated architectural control systems. More simply, the company wires homes and makes and sells a control system linking numerous household functions from heating and cooling to security, sound and lighting. …

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