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Lowe’s and AlertMe Launch Cloud-Based Home Automation Platform via @greentechmedia

Lowe’s and AlertMe Launch Cloud-Based Home Automation Platform via @greentechmedia

Though Google and Microsoft bowed out of home energy management in 2011, Greentech Media predicted that those exits would ultimately be less important to the market than the entrance of big-box stores . Lowe’s proved us right on Thursday with the launch of Iris, a cloud-based home management system provided by AlertMe. The announcement comes from the largest of the big-box stores, with a nationwide rollout beginning in the second quarter of this year that will be completed about one year later. This is also about a lot more than just home energy management, which is why it might be such a boon for the home energy market. AlertMe’s platform and home hub will connect to door locks, window shades, smart thermostats, lighting and more. In the future, it will extend to smart appliances, electric vehicles, solar panels, sprinkler systems and anything else with a ZigBee or Z-Wave...

Full article: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/lowes-and-ale...

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