FIBARO, a leading global manufacturer of wireless intelligent home automation and control devices, is now shipping its newest premium smart home hub, Home Center Lite, and portable KeyFob device in the U.S. An incredibly compact and superior brain for your smart home system, Home Center Lite works with all Z-Wave technology smart home products and Fibaro devices such as the SWIPE gesture pad and Button quick controller, and pairs with KeyFob, a wireless ergonomic hand-controlled device. Home Center Lite allows users to create, customize and manage up to 230 devices connected to the ecosystem, including lights, thermostat, entertainment systems, home security devices and more. Home Center Lite also works with other popular technologies like Sonos, Logitech, Russound, and Philips. Amazon Echo integration will be available in Q2.
KeyFob is designed to be attached to your keychain and act as a handheld control device when you’re leaving or coming home. And as long as you are within working range of your Z-Wave smart home network, you’re able to use KeyFob to turn devices on or off or trigger programmed scenes such as “goodbye” that would set the house into away mode. Other KeyFob features include:
- A Z-Wave Plus certified device and a 50% increase in network range for faster operation of all connected devices.
- Works with other Z-Wave hubs or connected to other IoT devices in the home ecosystem through an expansive plugin library.
- Includes six distinct buttons that can be customized to control just about any device in the network or a scene of devices.
- Safety & monitoring features allow users to monitor KeyFob’s battery life, as well as lock and program a personalized password to prevent accidental or unauthorized usage.
Home Center Lite features the new and improved, user-friendly Fibaro app with easy walk through for users to set up scenes and include devices. Customized scenes can include waking up to the blinds opening, or having the lights turn on at a specified level when a motion sensor detects movement at night. Furthering ease of use, Home Center Lite introduces interactive push notifications which allow quick actions within the notification to the alerts a user has set up. The Fibaro app allows for remote control of the system from anywhere and the desktop app allows for even deeper programming and integration for hobbyists.
Smarter than your average smart home hub, Home Center Lite uses geo-localization, which can be fine-tuned in an advanced scheduler allowing individual users to turn off devices not in use, arm the alarm when a user leaves the house, adjust the temperature or simulate a user’s presence to discourage break-ins when it recognizes that a user has left the house or office. Home Center Lite also helps to prevent major disasters by instantly reporting fire, flood or break-ins via the Fibaro app. In addition, the app can share a live feed from any connected security cameras in or around the trouble spot, while also attempting to further protect from damages if connected to shut-off valves or a ventilation system.
With a compact and contemporary design, Home Center Lite is equipped with a robust Cortex A8 processor (720MHz), with local processing for extra data security. And with software on board (vs. in the cloud), Home Center Lite doesn’t rely on an internet connection to operate effectively. A rare feature for smart home hubs, Home Center Lite features a built-in energy management dashboard, available from Fibaro for iPhone & iPad and Android phones & tablets, as well as a desktop version. The energy management dashboard allows users to monitor historical data, such as power consumption, in easy-to-read charts. Having access to this data enables users to keep track of the devices consuming the most energy and make adjustments where necessary, in order to maximize efficiency and reduce monthly electricity bills.
Home Center Lite is now available in the US with a MSRP of $279.99/ea from Amazon.com.KeyFob will be available next week with an MSRP of $49.99/ea from Amazon.com. For more information on Home Center Lite, KeyFob or FIBARO, please visit http://www.fibaro.com/us.
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