Honeywell’s Home Automation Touchscreen: Security Optional
New 6280 'graphical keypad' to feature WiFi, Z-Wave and Honeywell security sensor protocol; built-in Web server enables remote access to cameras, security, thermostats, lights, locks and more.
Honeywell isn’t just for security anymore. At the Electronic House Expo last week, the company unveiled a home automation system—security optional.
The heart of the new system is the 6280 graphical touchpanel, featuring a 7-inch screen and an array of communications modules inside.
Out of the gate, the touchscreen is meant as a rich user interface for Honeywell’s existing Vista alarm panels, connecting via a single wire like any other Vista keypad.
The unit has an Ethernet port and a built-in Web server for monitoring and managing the security system remotely ... no monthly fees required (beyond the traditional central station monitoring). Via the IP connection, users can receive local news, weather and sports. Plus, the installer can push notifications to the panel.
If the user does not desire professional monitoring, the 6280 does include RF technology compatible with Honeywell’s existing wireless sensors (5800 series), so the system can be used simply for self-monitored security.
Future versions of the 6280 will add home-control and integration functionality to the panel, most notably Z-wave automation (see videos below).
Check out these three one-minute videos with Robert Puric, director of product marketing Honeywell Residential, running through the security, automation and multimedia features at the show.
The 7-inch in-wall-only touchpanel uses Honeywell’s standard icons to control a home’s alarm system, access IP cameras to view video images, control lights, HVAC and deadbolt door locks. Upgrade versions will have a built-in web server and WiFi. When the unit goes into “sleep” mode, it can run a slideshow of family photos.
The unit will have three versions. A standard unit due out in July. The 6280i (with Z-wave) is set to hit the market in September or October. The 6280W with WiFi capability is likely to be out in December.
The Honeywell 6280 made its worldwide debut at EHX 2011: The CE Pro Event last week in Orlando, Fla.
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Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org
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