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ℹ️ This post was originally published on February 2012 on the official iomando blog and it announced the release of the first version of the product.
Nowadays we use smartphones for almost everything: email, photos, music, alarms, notes… so why not also use them to open our doors and accesses?
This is what iomando is about: a new way to open doors and all kind of accesses right from the smartphone. Same way we use keys and remotes, iomando offers a whole new experience to access your spaces, specifically designed for mobile devices.
Keys, remotes and every other type of access systems belong to those kind of things nobody is in love with. Despite they offer a poor user experience, they also inexplicably stick around, patiently awaiting for somebody to come up with a better idea.
We are convinced we can deliver a better solution leveraging mobile technologies and great product design.
Among all the problems we've detected, here's a quick list you might relate to:
For these and many other reasons we are introducing iomando, our vision for an access system, designed for the mobile era.
iomando is a solution aimed to house owners and people living in community buildings to easily manage and open garage doors or communal accesses with the smartphone.
The solution is composed of three pieces:
The most important thing to consider is that iomando is a software based product. This has several fundamental implications:
You can have iomando up and running for a fraction of what your old keys and remotes used to cost. The only difference is that iomando works as a subscription, not as a one time purchase.
Why is that? The short answer is because we want all of our customers to get the best access experience, regardless of what device they might want to use.
But we encourage you to read the long one below.
We strongly believe the subscription based model creates a more truthful relationship between the customer and the service. Since we will be paid in a recurrent basis, we will always be under the customer evaluation.
Subscription based revenue forces us to always deliver the best possible service, because if you are not fully satisfied with our service you can easily opt out whenever you feel like it.
One-shot payments might seem more appealing for some: "because I own the product", "because I'm not locked in", we have heard them all.
But we couldn't disagree more.
One-shot pricing frees companies of further improvement upon existing customers, because no additional revenue is generated from them. So all the efforts are placed in acquiring new customers, not in taking care of the existing ones.
The subscription based model forces us to place the same or even more resources to existing, paying customers, generating a long term commitment and a healthier relationship in the long run.
But for iomando in particular, there are even more reasons that led us to start as a subscription based service.
In short, because of the subscription model we are committed to offer the best experience at any given time, and that means creating and supporting new tools for whatever platform emerges in the future.
iomando will cost 99€ / year with a 30-day trial period2. That includes the device installed in the door, the installation of the device led by an authorized iomando professional and a license for up to 100 active users.
We are rolling out the service in the Barcelona area the 1st of March 2012 and we'd love to have you on board, so sign up at iomando.com.