Lutron Electronics has launched a new remote access cloud-based home control system that enables two-way automation and should be easier and faster for your integrator to set up.
The system, dubbed Lutron Home Control+, also eliminates the need for expensive routers and servers while giving end users the ability to control and monitor shades, lights, HVAC, energy and appliances for an annual fee of $59.95.
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The Home Control+ app creates a secure connection for the end user to the cloud. It allows the homeowner to not only remotely adjust scenes and control shades, thermostat and lights, but also monitor the home. For instance, if a light is turned on or off in the home, there is an indication on the interface.
“Consumers want app-driven solutions and they expect to have remote control. Cloud-based solutions are only in their infancy, but will continue to grow,” says Chris Sobolewski, product manager for RadioRa2 and HomeWorks QS. “It’s been a long time coming and an uphill battle to get affordable intelligent home control. Apps are bringing home automation to the mainstream because end users are so comfortable with them.”
If you already have Lutron lighting system and want to move to this new platform your integrator will need to update the your system software to the latest version of RadioRa2 (6.0) or HomeWorks QS (5.0) and then you’ll need to download the latest version of the app from either iTunes or the Android store. The app scales based on the situation from a simple RadioRa2 system with just a few devices all the way up to a large HomeWorks QS system with 10,000 devices, according to Sobolewski.
Because the system is cloud-based, there are costs associated. Home Control+ requires an annual $59.99 fee from each client, in addition to the one-time $20 charge to download the app. Lutron is offering a free trial of the app until April 30, 2013. After a year, the customer will be directly notified for renewal.
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