Lutron Takes to the Cloud, Cozies Up to Security
Lutron works with Alarm.com via the cloud, integrates with Honeywell thermostats with a native RF protocol.
Lutron appeared for the second time at the recent International Security Conference (ISC), recognizing that security dealers don’t just do security anymore. For the past two years, Lutron has demonstrated its integration with brand names that security dealers know and trust.
For example, Honeywell’s popular touchscreen thermostat has been embedded with Lutron’s Clear Connect RF protocol so it can communicate directly with RadioRa 2 and HomeWorks QS lighting controls and motorized shades.
The new thermostat, called TouchPro, brings more energy management capabilities to RadioRa and HomeWorks than Lutron’s own modest, but elegant thermostat.
The big announcement at ISC 2013 is Lutron’s integration into Alarm.com’s cloud-based security and automation platform. The alliance provides two major benefits. First, it offers cloud-based remote access and management for Lutron’s RadioRa 2 and HomeWorks QS systems in a secure and slick manner. More significantly, it allows Lutron to integrate seamlessly into security and automation systems that use Alarm.com’s service including 2Gig and Interlogix – neither of which could otherwise integrate with motorized shades or a rich lighting-control system beyond Z-Wave.
That means users can set scenes that include alarms, cameras and Z-Wave devices as well as Lutron products.
For example, when the security system is armed as the homeowner leaves in the morning, interior lights could be triggered to turn off, temperature to be rolled back two degrees and the shades to raise or lower based on customer settings.
Jay Kenny, marketing vice president for Alarm.com says his company has added firmware to enjoy better performance from Z-Wave. Nevertheless, he explains, “We expect people to step up to Lutron.”
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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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