Our American readers will soon be able to enjoy AlertMe’s wireless home automation technology after they just announced a strategic partnership with the huge American retailer – Lowe’s. The home improvement company’s new ‘Iris’ service will be based on the AlertMe hub and give users to monitor and control their thermostats, smart plugs, lighting, door locks, motion and contact sensors from their smartphones.
Based on AlertMe’s Smart Home platform and home hub, the partnership will deliver a cloud based home management system for the retailer’s new Iris service in North America that will give customers the ability to monitor and control their home from anywhere using their Smartphone or computer. Iris will be introduced in the second quarter of 2012 in stores and online.
AlertMe forges into retail market – Starting with energy and home management applications such as thermostats, smart plugs, lighting, door locks, motion sensors and door/window/cabinet contact sensors, Lowe’s plans to extend Iris into areas such as smart appliances, vehicles, garden, and remote second-property management.
“The Smart home will be the next major consumer technology innovation space and it is just about to become an affordable, mass market proposition for everyone. Consumers are used to living their lives on the go, online and increasingly on their Smartphones. They have been connected to all aspects of their lives including their work, friends and even their bank through the cloud for some time – now they can be connected to their homes, in the same easy to use, friendly and innovative, always-on way.” said Mary Turner, CEO of AlertMe.
According to industry analysts, the market for home management systems to date has been restrained by prohibitively high costs and lack of standards-based ‘no new wires’ technologies like the AlertMe platform. “The entrance of a giant retail brand like Lowe’s means we are poised to bring the Smart Home into the mainstream and not just for the more affluent,” continues Turner.
Effortless & affordable Smart Home management – “The partnerships we have with manufacturers, utilities and service providers, allows us to bring a simple and innovative home management solution to market at price points that will appeal to mainstream consumers” says Kevin Meagher, Lowe’s Vice President and General Manager of Smart Home “The AlertMe platform enables us to support the broadest range of products and deliver the benefits of a smart home that were previously only available to the most affluent consumers.