CES2013: Ingersoll Rand Showcases Nexia Home Intelligence
Ingersoll Rand was showcasing their home automation solution: Nexia Home Intelligence. With the ability to control deadbolts, thermostats, cameras, and blinds, and with analytical capabilities to help you control your energy costs, Nexia Home Intelligence is a well-rounded entry in the home automation space. Read on for details.
Ingersoll Rand was showcasing their home automation solution: Nexia Home Intelligence. With the ability to control deadbolts, thermostats, cameras, and blinds, and with analytical capabilities to help you control your energy costs, Nexia Home Intelligence is a well-rounded entry in the home automation space. The Nexia booth showcased deadbolt, camera and blind controls, with hands-on demonstrations of all of these products. In the past when I have looked at home automation solutions, I concluded that there were too many systems and pieces from too many vendors to make it practical. Nexia looks to be a significant step forward in a whole-home automation solution, bringing together a single-branded solution that can be installed by their dealers in the field. Here is what they announced:
Nexia™ Home Intelligence Continues its Innovation Leadership in Home Automation
New Nexia-compatible deadbolt lock and energy management solution by Schlage® and Trane are unveiled at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show
LAS VEGAS (Jan. 7, 2013) — NexiaTM Home Intelligence, a brand of Ingersoll Rand, brings a bigger and better-than-ever home automation system to the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) featuring an array of compatible products and technologies to create a total connected solution for today’s homeowner.
Innovations showcased in the Nexia Home Intelligence CES booth No. 20830 include several Nexia-compatible products from home industry leaders—Trane® and Schlage®, also brands of Ingersoll Rand. Today, homeowners can remotely manage multiple features and functions of their home—including door locks, heating and cooling systems, video surveillance, lights, shades and energy usage—via any web-enabled computer or smartphone from anywhere in the world. Among Nexia’s most recent product expansions is the new Schlage Touchscreen Deadbolt; the new Trane Energy Management Solution powered by eMonitorTM; and new zoning capabilities with the Trane ComfortLinkTM II Control.
“Homeowners’ needs are continuously evolving, particularly when it comes to technology. In fact, a recent study from Forrester shows that 84 percent of U.S. adults now use the web on a daily basis, 50 percent own a smartphone and tablet ownership doubled in 2012 alone,” said John Evans, president, Residential Security Solutions at Ingersoll Rand. “Nexia offers a total home solution that meets homeowners’ increasingly mobile lifestyle needs and gives them the flexibility to manage their home from wherever they happen to be in the world.”
Redefining Home Safety: Schlage Touchscreen Deadbolt
The Schlage Touchscreen Deadbolt, a 2013 Electronic House Product of the Year award winner, is fully loaded with the highest grade of security and technology. The strong, multi-function lock is a first for Schlage in combining the connectivity of Nexia Home Intelligence, the convenience of keyless entry and the protection of built-in alarm technology to create a lock like no other. It delivers an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Grade 1 security rating, the highest residential rating awarded on the market, as certified by the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA).
Nexia compatibility gives homeowners control of their home’s safety from wherever they are. If they can’t be at home to access the touchscreen deadbolt, they can unlock a door from work to let a dog walker inside, manage distinctive key codes and settings from the airport, or receive text alerts if a lock is activated or an alarm is triggered while on vacation.
The fully loaded Touchscreen Deadbolt offers keyless control using simple access codes so homeowners never have to worry about losing, hiding, carrying or forgetting their house keys again. It can hold up to 30 unique codes and is designed to build temporary codes for someone such as a housekeeper who needs access only on certain days and times of the week. The built-in alarm system also alerts homeowners instantly if someone goes in and out, tampers with the lock or tries to break into the home.
Home Energy Management Solutions
Trane introduces an easy, efficient way for homeowners to monitor and manage their home energy usage to lower costs with the introduction of Trane Energy Management powered by eMonitor. Trane Energy Management tracks usage data 24/7 and reports how much is being spent on electricity throughout the home. Using the program, homeowners can monitor and control gadgets and appliances in the home that use electricity, affecting the home’s overall energy usage and costs before they see the bill each month.
Trane Energy Management also sends owners real-time alerts and notifications of various situations such as circuit overloads or if the refrigerator or freezer door is left open. The eMonitor interface delivers detailed energy usage information and analytics to the user’s web-enabled computer or smart phone.