About Us

Everyday Magic

Making the magic of home and business automated technology an everyday reality for New Zealanders

Smartlife was born out of a need for accessible, integrated technology. Technology that easily integrates into people’s lives, and technology that’s part of an integrated system. Living a Smartlife means homes and businesses are more energy-efficient, and secure, and life is easier and more intuitive. Smartlife also enables older people, or those with limited mobility, to live more independently in their own homes.

Smartlife creates and integrates home automation products and support services across home, commercial, agriculture, care, and energy. It’s a tech industry leader and the only New Zealand company to have built its own integrated control system. Being integrated brings all aspects of automation together meaning users only need to use one app, versus multiple apps.

Products and services include electrical and lighting control, multi-room audio, video distribution, home theatre, smart security, access control, CCTV and energy management.

Smartlife has a strong range of products from ‘off-the-shelf' solutions, to full bespoke projects, and has invested many years and millions of dollars into research and development. 

Meet Our Awesome Team

The combined expertise of our visionary development team, along with our automation systems designers, project managers, automation technicians, procurement and administration team keep us at the forefront of this fast-evolving industry.
Rob Willcox
Founder, CEO
Rob Willcox
Serial entrepreneur with a strong background in IoT for home, business and marine. Rob has a passion for making the magic of easy-to-use technology an everyday reality to enhance people's lives.
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Sales and Operations
Paul Morrison
Experienced sales director, growth expert and leader. Paul's focus is to grow and drive the company's vision using advanced sales strategies & technologies.
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National Sales Director
Julian Cole
Julians spent 8 years working with high-end automation systems on Megayachts. He returned to NZ a few years ago fuelled with a passion to bring Smart Technology into everyones lives. Julian was originally an Auckland Branch owner but his skills were too valuable (and smile too infectious) to not be harnessed on a national level.
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Smartlife Specialist within NLG
Greg Theron
Experienced Account Director with a history of working in IT and the telecommunications industry. Skilled in Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), Metro Ethernet, Telco, Data Center, and Management.
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Operations Manager
Adam Pollard
Having 6 years of experience in the automation industry, Adam heads up our home & commercial team coordinating large scale projects across New Zealand. With many years of experience and involvement across all aspects of the business, Adam is a key member of the Smartlife Team.
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Business Development Consultant
Mansi Mudgil
With over 5 year’s experience in the AV and lighting sectors, Mansi primarily looks after our smart home automation projects, pulling together designs and proposals whilst working directly with Sales and Engineering Team to ensure perfectly smooth delivery of projects.
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Marketing Manager
Gau Kurman
Having 8 years of experience in digital marketing & managing over 300 campaigns, Gau's primary goal is to support business growth through efficient marketing, ad & PR strategies across different channels & platforms.
Roshan Milinda
Software Team Leader
Roshan Milinda
10+ years of experience in Software development. Thought leader in adopting digital change. Oversees many projects & acts as a pillar between onshore & offshore teams.
OUR JOURNEY

Company History

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    KiwiTech Marine Opens
    Sailing and Tech enthusiast Rob Willcox founded KiwiTech Marine Solutions while living aboard his Warram Catamaran. They developed software for America’s Cup then SailTech and PowerTech – sold to Raymarine.
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    Seamation Founded
    Seamation was founded by Rob Willcox and Anthony Uphof to provide integrated solutions for Superyachts. Featuring the latest in navigation hardware and software, communications, entertainment and monitoring of engine and control systems, Seamation also developed the Weather Program for Prada and One World America's Cup syndicates.
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    Navman Acquires SEAmation
    At the time Navman acquired SEAmation, Navman’s Marc Michell said "We believe that the knowledge and expertise contained within SEAmation combined with Navman's continuing focus on developing and manufacturing quality products, high value IP and speed to commercialisation will result in a new generation of powerful, cost effective PC based Navigation systems."
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    Brunswick purchases Navman
    Navman is purchased by US Company Brunswick. Navman forms the centre of Brunswick New Technologies, a unit developing marine electronics and software. “Navman becomes an integral part of our growing presence in the marine electronics market,” said George W. Buckley, Brunswick Corporation chairman and CEO. image credit: Bccomms - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0
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    Navman's Northstar 8000i Launched
    Rob was the Director of Technology for Navman Marine for 5 years, culminating in completing the development and launch of Navman’s Northstar 8000i, internationally the first comprehensive integrated product for Marine.
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    Bringing Integrated Tech to the Home
    Seeking the next challenge, a new development was undertaken with Matt Brunton, designing integrated systems for Home and Commercial Automation.
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    Smartlife Connect Platform begins
    With the wealth of experience from hundreds of home and commercial projects completed, Smartlife Labs was started to develop the Smartlife App and Connect to create the next-gen disruptive cloud-based control platform.
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    Smartlife Care Launched
    In addition to supporting Smarthome and Commercial Automation, Smartlife utilises its technology and skillset to create technology solutions for use in Family Care.
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    Smartlife Energy Launched
    In addition to supporting Smarthome and Commercial Automation, Smartlife utilises its technology and skillset to create technology solutions for the smart use of Energy.
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    Multi Tenanted Platform deployed
    Advanced templating and deployment features enable Smartlife Connect to claim as a world-first cloud control platform designed for apartments, large-scale housing developers, hotels, retirement villages, franchises, and corporates.
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