CES2014: Emerson Announces HomeSitter Cellular Home Monitoring System

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Emerson announced a new cellular home monitoring system today at the Showstoppers Media Reception at CES2014, adding water leakage alarm capability via cellular service.  Read on for details!

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Emerson announced a new cellular home monitoring system today at the Showstoppers Media Reception at CES2014, adding water leakage alarm capability via cellular service.  Leveraging the Verizon cellular network and providing a mobile device app capability, this is a nice product line extension for Emerson.  Here is the press release:

HomeSitter Cellular Home Monitoring System From Emerson

Minneapolis, Minnesota – January 7, 2014 – Protecting your home while you’re away just got a lot easier thanks to the new HomeSitter Cellular Home Monitoring System from Emerson Control Products.

For more than 25 years, Emerson Control Products has been protecting homes with their land line based FreezeAlarm, WaterAlarm and HomeSitter products. Today, Emerson Control Products introduces the HomeSitter Cellular Monitoring System with text, email and phone alert notification that will be available for sale in Spring, 2014.

The HomeSitter Cellular Monitoring System combines the HomeSitter Cellular Monitoring Device and Wireless Sensors with a powerful, yet easy to use cloud based application that allows a homeowner to monitor temperature, humidity, power status and presence of water throughout their home or business. If problems do occur with temperature or humidity extremes, the power goes out or if a water leak is detected, the device sends an alert to the cloud and the homeowner is notified by text, email or phone call.

Emerson Control Products has collaborated with Novatel Wireless for cellular modems, Taoglas for antennas and Verizon to deliver an affordable home monitoring system with no long term contract, activation fees or complex setup. The HomeSitter Cellular Monitoring System comes with three months of access to monitor and receive alert notifications about their home via the homeowner’s computer, tablet or smart phone web application. Additional months of service can be purchased for as low as $9.00 per month.

Wireless sensor pucks are called “SPucks” because of their round, 2” diameter design. The HomeSitter Cellular Monitoring System can monitor up to 16 wireless SPucks to monitor for water leaks and for temperature monitoring in other areas of a home or business. SPucks have a long life battery that will last for up to five years. Additional SPucks are in development to monitor the wider temperature ranges of freezers and refrigerators as well as motion sensors to detect if an object has been moved.

Chuck Guerin, Director of Global Sales for Emerson Control Products estimates the HomeSitter Cellular Monitoring System has a lot more growth potential than the company’s legacy FreezeAlarms and WaterAlarms. Guerin says, “The HomeSitter Cellular Monitoring System could be called the Internet of Protecting Things since it opens up entire new markets such as unoccupied real estate, computer server rooms, commercial monitoring of walk-in freezers and refrigerators for food safety and agricultural applications to monitor potential freezing temperatures just to name a few”.

The technology behind the HomeSitter Cellular Monitoring System is impressive without being complex. Simply register the HomeSitter on-line and set up an account. Next, plug in the HomeSitter Cellular Monitoring device to a power outlet. The HomeSitter automatically connects to the cellular wireless network and starts communicating to the cloud application. A lithium, rechargeable battery keeps the product working even if the power is out and it notifies you when power is restored.

According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, water leaks from washing machines, failed sump pumps or pipe breakage are the leading causes of damage to a home with the average claim after deductible of $5,092. Claims from frozen pipes were roughly double that of normal water damage claims per incident. State Farm estimates it costs about $50,000 to clean up a mold-contaminated home. The HomeSitter Cellular Home Monitoring System gives homeowners peace of mind knowing they will be notified of problems before disaster costs them thousands of dollars.

The HomeSitter Cellular Monitoring System will be available for sale this spring. To learn more about the HomeSitter Cellular Home Monitoring System, click on www.homesittercellular.com for the product page or see all of our products at www.protectedhome.com.

Emerson Control Products is a business unit of Emerson Electric Corporation of St. Louis, MO. Since 1987, Emerson Control Products has been manufacturing and distributing FreezeAlarms, WaterAlarms and HomeSitters through electronics and hardware stores and on-line retailers.