Lowe’s Iris Home Control Now Available

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Cloud-based system can connect to compatible ZigBee, Z-Wave and Wi-Fi devices.


Jul. 19, 2012 — by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

After debuting its Iris home control, security and energy management system at CES in January, big-box hardware chain Lowe’s has made the system available on its web site and will be in 500 stores by the end of August.

The cloud-based do-it-yourself home control system comes in various configurations and can operate with compatible ZigBee, Z-Wave and Wi-Fi devices. It’s based on the AlertMe system available in the United Kingdom.

The Iris Hub connects to your home’s broadband router and communicates with your smart home devices. Customers can sign in to manage the system via on an Internet-connected computer or via mobile apps. The Iris app is available for free download for both iOS (iPhone, iPod touch and iPad) and Android users.

The system also allows users to remotely monitor and control their home from anywhere via a smartphone, tablet or computer with a free basic level of service. Text alerts can be sent when alarms are triggered and there’s and users can access remote video streaming from cameras in the home.

A premium service for $9.99 a month provides additional messaging and home automation-type customization such as programming home modes, device activation schedules such as turning on lights, and vacation modes through a feature called Iris Magic.

Iris starter kits consist of the following.

Comfort & Control, for home heating and cooling and remote control for any plug-in device in the home ( $179).
• Iris Hub
• Smart Thermostat
• Smart Plug

Safe & Secure, for monitoring your home using motion and contact sensors, with alerts when you are not there ($179).
• Iris Hub
• 2 Contact Sensors
• Motion Sensor
• Keypad

The Smart Kit combines the features of Comfort & Control and Safe & Secure in a single kit. ($299)
• Iris Hub
• 2 Contact Sensors
• Motion Sensor
• Smart Plug
• Keypad
• Range Extender
• Smart Thermostat

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AlertMe says homeowners can add compatible devices and sensors to fit their particular needs, and that Lowe’s is working with vendor partners to develop a wide range of devices that are compatible with Iris. Schlage, GE Jasco and First Alert have already announced plans to work with the Iris platform.

In an interview at CES in January, AlertMe CEO Mary Turner said the idea is to make a variety of a la carte home control products available to consumers, so they can walk down an aisle at a store like Lowe’s and select the various components they need.

AlertMe says this is the first time a modular, DIY connected home platform is being provided at this price point, though Verizon now offers its basic Home Monitoring Kit including Starter Kit at $90, plus a $10 per month subscription, including a gateway device, indoor camera and lighting control module, with en energy monitoring add-on including an energy monitor for $255. Verizon’s systems are available to its FiOS customers.

More from Iris may be to come. In the U.K., AlertMe partner British Gas is offering home monitoring with a Safe & Secure service and Remote Heating Control via mobile devices for maximum home heating efficiency. British Gas is also rolling out a Personalized Energy Efficiency Advice service, powered by AlertMe, for customers who have smart meters.



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