Lowe’s has welcomed Amazon into its Iris family of home-automation products with open arms.The No. 2 home improvement chain has joined the growing ranks of developers who have incorporated the e-tailer’s Alexa intelligent voice control service into its devices.
Mooresville-based Lowe’s said Monday it will start offering professional monitoring services for its do-it-yourself “smart home” system Iris.Starting in the second quarter, renters or homeowners with Iris systems will be able to get emergency responders dispatched to their homes if there is an intruder or if smoke, carbon monoxide or panic alarms are set off, Lowe’s said in a statement Monday.
This week, Lowe’s released the next generation of its smart home platform, Iris. The upgraded offering is more mobile-friendly and is designed to address the (often mundane) issues homeowners face related to comfort and security.The hub and core devices have been redesigned and split apart. The hub was originally sold along with security or smart energy packages, but is now a standalone offering priced at $59.99. The hub, which has always had various communications protocols like Z-Wave, ZigBee and Wi-Fi, now also has Bluetooth.
Lowe’s Companies Inc. is trying to make its Iris smart home solution more accessible. The home improvement retailer is the newest participant member of the ZigBee Alliance. Launched in July 2012, Iris by Lowe’s is a smart home solution created to monitor and control virtually everything in the home anytime, anywhere. Lowe’s is the most recent of 450 members currently working to develop and promote ZigBee Internet of Things (IoT) standards.