A lot of smart houses have smart security products strategically placed all over the house. However, the garage always seems like an afterthought.
After all, this is where you store dirty cars, old paint cans, and Christmas decorations. It also has the door that you’re most likely to leave wide open. Instead of worrying about whether or not you left that garage door opened to unwelcomed guests, Genie wants to make all of your high-tech wishes come true with the new Aladdin Connect.
Designed for smart houses in need of smart garages, the Aladdin Connect allows you to peek in on the status of the garage door from anywhere in the world. Even better, it can provide access to that door so you can open or close it from almost any smart device.
This garage door controller features a WiFi-enabled control module with the SimpleLink WiFi CC3200 wireless MCU from Texas Instruments (TI). It can be used with or in place of the opener’s standard wall console. In addition to the door control module, the setup includes a door position sensor that attaches to the garage door. The sensor can detect the position of the door and relays that message to the module.
The Genie Aladdin Connect comes with one sensor, but some smart houses need more. If that’s the case, you can purchase additional sensors to monitor up to three doors.
Besides audible and visual notifications, the UL 325-compliant system can deliver alerts when there’s a change in the garage door’s status. The company is planning to add a scheduling option in the near future.
“A great option for homeowners joining the smart home movement, the Aladdin Connect system’s wireless connectivity provides users with go-anywhere control of their garage door,” said Ram Machness, business line manager of wireless connectivity solutions for Texas Instruments. “Also, the system’s secure WiFi connection to the cloud gives homeowners real-time notifications of any garage door movements, easing the tension of being away from home.”
Genie plans to make the Aladdin Connect available through retail and professional channels sometime this year. It can be used with a wide range of garage door openers available in the U.S. For more information, check out the Genie website.