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ASUS brings smart home products to the Singapore market

ASUS brings smart home products to the Singapore market
Taiwanese tech company ASUS will bring its smart devices to Singapore, outside its local market for the first time. The devices include door locks as well as motion, temperature and humidity sensors.

The company debuted its smart home devices in June last year. Singapore is the second market to enter because the country has developed Internet infrastructure to support smart devices, according to the company.

ASUS plans to introduce products like gateway, meter plug, sensors and door lock to Singapore.

The smart home gateway can serve as the central hub for the ASUS SmartHome system. It can connects to various home devices via ZigBee, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networks, allowing users to control smart devices from the ASUS SmartHome mobile app.

One application is sending notifications to users’ phones when the motion sensor detects suspicious actions. The ASUS SmartHome Siren will be triggered to sound loud alarm.

Powered by security firm Trend Micro, data encryption will be enabled for communication between the app and home devices, to protect users’ sensitive information.

ASUS’s meter plug allows users to turn on any electric appliances remotely while monitoring the amount of electricity being used on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

The door lock lets users access the door in four ways – a physical key, a password, NFC or the SmartHome app. If the lock detects any forced opening attempt, SmartHome Siren will be triggered right away.

The motion sensor has an 8-meter radius detection range, and allows users to check the status of doors or drawers and, if there are any attempts to open them. The temperature and humidity sensors are also bundled in the ASUS SmartHome package.

The company plans to sell these devices at Challenger and Newstead Technologies retail outlets. It also partners with smart home system integrator AN Digital Lock to offer home installation and delivery services. The bundled package will cost US$784 while the smart lock is available at US$599.

Last year, ASUS debuted home assistant Zenbo at Computex 2016, aiming to take control of smart home appliances and help with household tasks. The robot costs US$599 but was not included in the announcement of Singapore.

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