A lifelong fascination with technology and security systems has led Jordan Curin, of Point Wells, to setup his own local business offering home owners anything but a one-size-fits-all service.
While still at Mahurangi College, Jordan did the Gateway workplace learning programme with a local security company.
“I loved the work, but there weren’t any jobs with the company when I left school, so I commuted to work in Auckland,” he says. “I was employed with a company where I did a wide range of work, from installing home speaker systems to fixing electrical components in the PWC building in the city. It was great experience for a few years.”
Jordan says he noticed in domestic jobs most servicemen went to the house, did the job they were asked to do and left, without much interaction with the owners.
“I started making suggestions to people – pointing out to them how they could use technology to make their homes safer and easier to manage. That approach got a lot of positive feedback, so that’s how my business has been structured.”
Hi-Tech Home Solutions offers an installation service for TV satellite and aerial, audio systems, CCTV & automation, wifi integration and Freeview set-up.
Jordan says ‘smart homes’, where everything from turning on the heat pump to lowering the blinds and adjusting the lighting can be controlled from a smart phone, is the way of the future.
“But it’s not without its risks. There have been incidences where hackers have got into a person’s home computer through their ‘smart device’, such as a coffee machine, which operates from the same router.”
Jordan says he is also conscious of what people want to spend.
“There is some awesome technology on the market, but not everyone wants to spend $25,000 on a state-of-the-art home cinema. A few upgrades could be all that’s needed.
“It’s important to find the right product for the customer, but in saying that, I will always recommend using quality, well-priced brands.”