Articles by Scott Harkins
Honeywell, a Connected Home solutions provider, announced that its Lyric Controller Home Security System is now certified for use with Apple HomeKit. Honeywell’s offering is the first professionally installed and monitored security system to support Apple’s smart home platform, which enables homeowners to control their Lyric Controller security system with the Apple Home app or by simply asking Siri. “Smart home technology has made consumers more reliant on their mobile devices to manage their homes,” said Scott Harkins, vice president and general manager of Connected Home, Honeywell Home and Building Technologies. “The addition of HomeKit support to the Lyric Controller improves the connected home experience for consumers, and provides new opportunities for dealers. Dealers can leverage the Apple ecosystem of HomeKit partners to expand their connected home offering and deliver a robust interface to manage the home.” Seamless syncing of Honeywell Lyric Controller Home Security System to Apple HomeKit The free software update, which is available to both current and future Lyric Controller consumers, allows even more consumers the opportunity to connect the Lyric security system without interrupting their current Connected Home platform of choice. HomeKit provides an easy way to control your home's lights, doors, thermostats and more from your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch using the Apple Home app or Siri.. In addition, the Lyric Controller integration with HomeKit allows the system to respond to voice commands based on personalized presets and automate scenes for energy saving, comfort and security. Lyric Controller users can access their security systems using native authentication on iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, including Touch ID and Face ID on iPhone X. Touchscreen and built-in camera facilitate easy arming and disarming of system The Honeywell Lyric Controller, with its 7-inch touchscreen and built-in camera, serves as the central hub for arming and disarming the system. If a Lyric sensor, such as a door/window or motion detector, detects an unusual situation, the controller will provide visual and audible notification. With pro-monitored security service, the central station can quickly contact first responders. In addition, through HomeKit other local actions can also be triggered, such as lighting, locks and temperature controls. The Lyric Controller Home Security System is the latest in a line of reliable Honeywell smart home solutions with the power of connected to HomeKit. Honeywell’s Lyric T-Series and Lyric Round thermostats also work with HomeKit.
The 31st annual Resideo CONNECT event gathered more than 125 security companies from across North America. All from the comfort of their own computer screen, of course. During the two-hour event, Resideo shined a spotlight on the work its dedicated dealers performed in 2020, shared its view on the year ahead, and offered opportunities for them to network in a virtual social lounge and learn new techniques for how to serve their customers. From the opening video to the end keynote address, Resideo offered members of its Premier Security Dealer network insight into emerging opportunities from the COVID-19 pandemic. For a look at that opening video, which highlights the tenacity and triumph Resideo's security dealers had in response to the pandemic, one can visit the official company website. Offered selling tips A key element that attendees look forward to each year is the annual awards show The event's keynote featured Connie Podesta, who delivered an interactive presentation about having an adapt-to-adopt-to-change mindset and offered selling tips dealers can use when working with customers during the pandemic rollercoaster - and beyond. "With our partnership and the strength of our industry, 2021 is going to be an amazing year and together we can accomplish anything as we’ve proven in 2020 and we’re going to prove it again, over and over, in the future," said Scott Harkins, Vice President of Sales and Channel, Americas at Resideo. Connected security solutions Resideo leaders thanked the security audience for serving customers and driving success, for keeping bad things from happening to good people, and for being the cornerstones of their communities during an unstable year. Leaders also highlighted the new ProSeries Platform, which offers dealers that serve residential and small businesses a complete, end-to-end solution, and expands Resideo's overall portfolio of connected security solutions and services. A key element that attendees look forward to each year is the annual awards show. To optimise time and attention, Resideo's awards show will take place on a separate date. Interested people can check back on the website for a complete list of winners following the event.