ISC Trade Show Rocks the West
Honeywell debuts new productsApril 11, 2011 By Maureen Jenson
One of the key companies in attendance was Honeywell and the company is clearly moving far beyond security and is fully committed to integrated systems involving, security, lighting, HVAC and other services that are controlled through a single software platform.
Honeywell has done a complete refresh of its popular Total Connect web interface for remote services, adding support for Z-Wave thermostat and lighting controls and integration with Control4 home automation systems. Other new technologies on display at the event included enhanced aesthetics and common graphical interfaces for Honeywell’s LYNX self-contained and VISTA hybrid security systems, as well as an interoperability demonstration using Zigbee technology.
“Honeywell is expanding into lifestyle and peace of mind products, paving the way for true convergence, both in commercial and residential," JoAnna Sohovich, president of the Honeywell Security and Communications, said during an early morning press conference. "We are participating in a big way on the Smart Grid committees. Ultimately you have to have the ability to shed loads in the sequence that your customer wants.”
“Managing security and so much more through the Internet is very scalable, for example, you can manage security from a single door up to hundreds of doors. Utilizing cloud based technology unlocks the Internet for the Honeywell dealer to make more money," Scott Harkins, president of video and access systems, said.
Continuing on the point of the all important recurring monthly revenue, Jonathan Klinger, vice president of marketing for Honeywell Security & Communications said that "the rise of mobile apps, IP video, and open standards for home automation, creates tremendous opportunities for the security industry to enrich and broaden the appeal of its offering to tens of millions of homeowners. Honeywell’s forthcoming launches of connected-home solutions will enable its dealers to increase close rates, increase content per sale, increase recurring monthly revenue and reduce attrition.”
The company’s Total Connect Remote Services, which allow home and business owners to communicate with their security systems using smartphones and web-enabled devices, was the centerpiece of Honeywell’s presence at ISC West. The latest version of Total Connect, 2.0, includes enhanced graphics, an interactive user dashboard and simplified set-up steps. Total Connect 2.0 also provides lifestyle-enhancing features for the growing number of smartphone users.
New “connected home” products on display were included the LYNX Touch wireless control panel is the latest series of Honeywell’s self-contained intrusion systems, featuring a v4.7-inch color touchscreen display which, the company said, "provides both end users and installers very simple, intuitive user icons to navigate from user to programming screens"
The 6280 Series of Graphical Keypads provide the LYNX and Total Connect interfaces, as well as the 5800ZBRIDGE a small, easy-to-install device that lets end-users set back thermostats and turn off lights when arming LYNX Touch and new VISTA Series systems.
Distributor ADI also had an enormous booth and while their security related products were obviously in attendance, ADI also brought products from many of their more traditional home entertainment manufacturers such as ViewSonic, KEF and Mitsubishi.
There were dozens of manufacturers in mainstream custom integration that see the value in attending this fast growing trade show. Please see the accompanying slideshow for an idea of the diversity of attendance.