Interlogix upgrades its smart home system with voice control and new cameras

Interlogix upgrades its smart home system with voice control and new cameras
Security solution provider Interlogix announced that it is adding Amazon Alexa voice control, second-generation cameras, UTE cellular module and a doorbell camera to its UltraSync SmartHome system.

Homeowners who have an Amazon Echo speaker will be able to control home devices with voice control. They can lock doors, trigger scenes, turn on fans, turn on/off lights and more.

“Now, using only their voice and an Alexa-enabled device, homeowners can control lights, thermostats and many other Z-Wave-enabled appliances that have been programmed into the system,” said Michael Chiavacci, general manager of Interlogix in North America.

Interlogix is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of listed company United Technologies Corp. that specializes in aerospace and building system industries.

Interlogix focuses on serving system integrators because they are able to combine multiple, complex smart home functions into a single interface, said Warren Hill, product marketing leader for Security, Safety and Smart Home Products.

Hill told media outlet CEPro, “We want to give users one app. We continue to think tht one app will ultimately win out in the market versus asking the client to constantly open individual apps for different functions.”

Interlogix is also introducing two new second-generation cameras – the indoor desktop and outdoor bullet models that both feature high-definition resolution. The cameras provide live video which can be recorded and saved into embedded memory cards. The new cameras will complement instead of replace the existing UltraSync mini-wedge cameras.

The company will soon launch a doorbell camera that feature built-in speaker and microphone. Homeowners will be able to use the UltraSync app – which is available for both iOS and Android devices – to hear and speak with visitors at the door remotely. Visitors, however, won’t be able to see homeowners since the doorbell has no screen.

The app also contains quick reference videos to acquaint users with the system and to help them set up more easily.

The UltraSync SmartHome system can also be controlled on an optional 7-inch touch screen or a voice-guided menu on a hub. An optional LTE cellular module may be embedded into the hub to serve as a backup for homeowners using IP technology or as an alternative Wi-Fi.

Current UltraSync users can contact their security dealers to get an over-the-air update of their system. No pricing information on the hardware has been given.

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