Kidde RemoteLync to Provide 24/7 Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alerts to Homeowners While They’re Away
Home-monitoring device works with existing alarms -- no extra fees or products needed
LAS VEGAS—A home fire starts every 70 seconds in the U.S. To offer consumers peace of mind while away from home, Kidde Fire Safety, a global leader in residential fire safety products, on Tuesday introduced RemoteLync at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Ideal for a primary residence, vacation home or rental property, the device plugs into a single outlet, listens for a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm, and uses the home’s Wi-Fi to remotely alert the homeowner on iOS and Android compatible phones and tablets. Kidde is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
Pew Research Center survey data shows more than half of all adults in the U.S. own a smartphone, and of those, 74 percent have used their mobile device to get help in an emergency. The RemoteLync monitoring solution works with a home’s existing alarms and does not require additional products or monthly fees. It uses patented technology to distinguish smoke and carbon monoxide alarms from background noise to reduce the chance of a nuisance alarm. When an alarm triggers the device, RemoteLync communicates via a free app that can be customized to notify an entire network, including neighbors and family, or even call 911 directly.
“Kidde is a leader in using innovation to address real issues regarding fire safety. We believe homeowners want a simpler way to stay engaged with their home when they are away. With a lifespan of 10 years and cost under $100, RemoteLync enables homeowners to know about an emergency for just pennies a day,” said Chris Rovenstine, vice president of sales and marketing, Kidde.
Key benefits include:
- Always On – monitors existing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms 24/7 and notifies the homeowner via a mobile app, using the existing wireless connection
- Device Compatibility – works with iOS and Android smartphones and tablets
- Inclusive – designed to work with UL-approved smoke and carbon monoxide alarms manufactured after 1999
- Full Home Coverage – covers the average-sized U.S. home with one RemoteLync
- Easy to Install – plugs into a single wall outlet with voice prompts and a user-friendly interface for easy set up
- Long-Lasting – guaranteed, with a 10-year limited warranty
RemoteLync will be available for preorder at HomeDepot.com in February and nationwide in retail stores in early Q2; the device will cost around $100. Kidde is exhibiting at CES booth 70549, along with United Technologies brands Carrier and Interlogix.
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at email@example.com
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