Simplicity and ease of use override technological innovation in the minds of people who are looking to purchase smart-home technology, according to a recent survey from Icontrol Networks.The drive is to have devices that solve real and everyday problems.Gartner, a leading information-technology research company, predicts that a typical family home in 2022 could contain more than 500 smart devices, but right now a majority of consumers still are looking for a clear value proposition to invest in the technology.Combining practical and easy with an eye toward energy efficiency and affordability seems to be the current state of affairs.
What you connect and how you control them are some of the themes behind the launch of new home-automation products from a variety of companies.To expand consumers’ product choices, Icontrol Networks has enabled other-brand devices to integrate with Icontrol-powered systems via the Cloud, not just via the Wi-Fi, ZigBee and Z-Wave standards. August expanded its selection of smart home-access products, which now include its first Apple Home-Kit-enabled product. And thermostat supplier Lux Products launched its first Wi-Fi thermostat.
New research from Icontrol Networks, the company behind the most widely-distributed connected home platform in the industry, found seeing really is believing when it comes to connected home technology: on average, the likelihood to purchase a smart home device increases by 93% among those who have seen the technology in action. The data also reveals that, as noted in the 2014 report, personal and family security remains the key driver in smart home adoption with nine out of ten North Americans agreeing this is one of the most important reasons to purchase a connected home.
Telguard, a leader in wireless alarm communications, interactive and home automation services, today introduced the industry’s first truly universal Z-Wave garage door controller, the Telguard GDC1.
The UL 325 certified GDC1 was designed and built to Telguard’s specifications by FortrezZ using the binary switch command class. The binary switch is one of the fundamental command classes in Z-Wave home automation, and found in the Z-Wave platform of Telguard’s own HomeControl interactive service and in other interactive platforms including: Icontrol Networks, 2GIG, DSC and many more.