Streamlined connectivity for Renson’s remote apps

Renson brings sun shading and ventilation to the 21st century. With the seamless integration of their patio covers and ventilation systems, users can effortlessly regulate sunlight and airflow through a user-friendly mobile app. While this may sound like a regular remote control, aligning hardware with users’ networks and outdated software is no walk in the park. Enter ACA Group …

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. Our 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 simplified significantly. Altering functionalities now has minimal impact on the mobile app's code logic, executed with only a single code change that seamlessly reflects across all Android and iOS devices. Importantly, end users remain unaware of these modifications, experiencing a smooth and uninterrupted usage.

💡 "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, effective ventilation 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 imposed stringent regulations, but detailed technical information was not readily available.

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. ACA Group made the difference in sheer speed. The pandemic had developers working in different locations, but with everybody going the extra mile, they delivered. Because it mattered.

Thanks to our hard work and ongoing commitment, we've brought the Renson Sense device into play to keep an eye on the air quality in our Antwerp office. It shows how our collaboration with Renson is making a real impact and helps us to create a healthier and more comfortable workspace.

Picture of the renson device in one of our offices

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