If there is anything CES 2017 proved, it’s that virtual reality and voice control are the next big things coming at us. Just look at the market of intelligent home automation solutions: we have Apple’s HomeKit, Wink, Nest, and now Amazon’s Alexa is assisting in securing and automating our home as well. Currently the lineup of HomeKit is the weakest link: even though the system is based on Siri, Apple’s very own virtual assistant, their lack of partnership with alarm companies held back the progress of HomeKit. But with the latest announcements at CES 2017, the table seems to turn. With the arrival of several home security products – all being HomeKit compatible – including smart lightings, HD cameras, door openers and wireless locks, Apple’s contestants seem to finally take off. Still, the most promising news is their partnership with Honeywell, hinting at a full arsenal of home automation products controlled by Siri.
Voice Controlled Honeywell Products, Thanks to Siri
Apple teaming up with Honeywell wasn’t that surprising, since the alarm company’s Lyric Smart Thermostat already supports HomeKit, thus homeowners are able to set the temperature by giving Siri verbal commands. But the thermostat was just the beginning, as the two unveiled the latest advancement of their cooperation: the Honeywell Lyric Home Security and Control System. By integrating HomeKit to the base station, the whole security system can be armed and disarmed hands-free. But Siri’s reach extends even further, since the security system comes with a large spectrum of connectable devices, including alarms, sensors, control panels, and the aforementioned smart thermostat. With a well-implemented voice command, homeowners are now able to check the security system’s status, as Siri will helpfully point out any sensor or alarm that is currently out of order. Hopefully the partnership won’t end with just the base stations, and we’ll see a follow-up with new HomeKit-friendly smart products added to the list.
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