Keeping in step with Time Warner Cable, Comcast, ADT, Verizon, and AT&T, Lowes is rolling out its Iris system, which allows consumers to monitor and control numerous appliances, doors, motion sensors, and cameras in the home, all from a computer, tablet, or mobile phone.
Iris was piloted in ten stores and will hit about 500 stores this month. Iris is available to purchase online if your local store isn’t in the roll-out. The base price for a security kit is $179, and an energy kit is available for the same price. Both kits are available for $229.
How successful these automated homes will become is still up in the air. The Pew Internet & American Life Project published a poll of experts they surveyed regarding the success of these automated home systems. About half all polled said they expected that fully connected smart homes will be widespread and more efficient by 2020. Just under half of the experts said they believe that the systems won’t catch on because of consumer doubt and the complexity of the systems. The number one issue that will prevent widespread adoption is getting device manufacturers to develop and follow compatibility standards so everything can “talk,” expects said.
Kevin Meagher, Lowe’s Vice President of Smart Homes said widespread adoption will be inevitable. “The value to the consumer of connecting everything in the home is considerable. Everything will be connected.”
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