When Staples announced this past fall that is would be selling a home automation system, called Staples Connect, at its stores and online nationwide, it was a sign that maybe, just maybe, home automation was going to hit the mainstream and hit it hard. Based on the recent announcement by Staples and platform developer Zonoff at the Consumer Electronics Show, the launch of its Connect home automation platform must be going well, as a host of new device partners have joined the ecosystem that enables consumers to piece together their own home automation system. Some of the newest companies to announce their support of the Connect system include Kwikset, Netgear, Radio Thermostat, Centralite, Withings, Waxman, Goji, Koubachi and Rachio. Products from these companies will be sold at Staples stores and at Staples.com, along with products from existing partners including Lutron, Philips, Linksys, Honeywell, First Alert, Yale, GE, D-Link, Cooper, Leviton, Schlage, and more.
Another move that strengthens Staples’ presence in the home automation marketplace, is its plan to support wireless communications technologies like ZigBee, Bluetooth and Insteon. The Connect platform already supports Z-Wave, Clear Connect and Wi-Fi-based products.
“We envision a home in which open standards like Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, ZigBee, Bluetooth and others work seamlessly alongside traditionally proprietary standards like Lutron’s Clear Connect,” says Zonoff CEO Mike Harris.
Read more about Staples Connect here.
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Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.