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ADT, others give voice to home security

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

“You Speak. Your Home Listens.” That’s how ADT is describing ADT Pulse Voice, a new app that adds personal voice commands to Pulse security systems.

Voice commands appear to be the hot new trend in home security. For example, I blogged recently about the voice control capabilities of Honeywell’s Wi-Fi thermostat. And Alan Stoddard, senior director of marketing for Honeywell Security Products Americas, told me last week that a new release of Honeywell’s Tuxedo Touch this month will provide for voice commands.

ADT announced the release of its new app today and bills ADT Pulse Voice technology as “the first of its kind in the smart home space.”

The company says the technology “enables homeowners to log in and log out of the Pulse Voice app via custom technology that recognizes unique voice signatures. Once logged in, users can arm and disarm their Pulse security panel, control their home’s lighting, adjust thermostats, lock and unlock doors, and check the overall status of their home – all verbally and virtually touchless through an iOS or Android smart phone.”

ADT says it’s all about making life simpler for today’s busy homeowners. No longer do they have to interrupt what they’re doing to manually control their homes. “Instead, a homeowner’s voice can trigger ADT Pulse functions by recognizing select key words, device names and phrases to perform. In addition to accepting personal voice commands, the ADT Pulse Voice app provides auditory feedback to confirm actions and system status for all of its connected devices.”

The technology is a boon for the visually impaired as well, ADT says.

The company says it has also taken steps to secure homeowners’ privacy in case a mobile device is lost or stolen. ADT says it does that by leveraging “a multi-layered identification process allowing only registered members of a household to log in. Through voice commands, a user is approved by three personal checkpoints: a secret phrase, state-of-the-art voice recognition, and confirmed identification of a mobile device. …Without all three verification checkpoints confirmed, any login attempt will be denied.”

The company says existing ADT customers can download the new app for free in the Apple App Store, as well as through Google Play.

 

Honeywell ads 'Mad Men' worthy

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Honeywell’s recent advertising success is on a scale that would make Mad Men’s superstar adman, Don Draper, envious.

First, the company recently won a coveted Telly Award for a Tuxedo Touch music video that it introduced this past December during the holiday season. Also, it got actor John Slattery—who plays the suave but mercurial Roger Sterling on AMC’s Mad Men television series—to star in a new TV commercial where he demonstrates the voice control capabilities of Honeywell’s Wi-Fi thermostat.

The Telly Awards were founded in 1978 and honor the best and most innovative in film and video productions, web commercials, videos and films, and local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. Now, Honeywell recently announced, it has won a Silver Telly Award for the music video featuring Tuxedo Touch.

I blogged about that video, for which Honeywell actually commissioned a Nashville band, Telecommunicators, to create an original song, “You’re My Heart.”

In a recent post on Honeywell's The Security Channel blog, David Gottlieb, Honeywell Security’s global marketing communications leader, gave special thanks to the Telecommunicators “for the great song” that helped to win the award.

And check out the new TV spot featuring Slattery and the Wi-Fi thermostat. The theme of the spot is that the future is already here—with Honeywell.

The actor, sitting on a couch in a living room, talks about how voice control is the future. He says the word “beer,” and a pint glass appears on his coffee table. He says “dog,” and an instant pet appears on the couch next to him.

Then Slattery says, “Impossible? Maybe, but Honeywell’s latest innovation gives me hope.” Then he tells his thermostat he’s too hot, so it lowers the temperature in the room.

The ad has already aired on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and, what with Slattery’s Mad Men fame and the intriguing content, is sure to catch the eyes of viewers. And who knows … is another Telly Award in Honeywell’s future?

Tuxedo Touch demo apps available for iOS and Android

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04/24/2014

MELVILLE, N.Y.—Honeywell’s new Tuxedo Touch demo app is available for download from iTunes and Google Play, according to Honeywell marketing communications specialist Natasha Ramjit.

Honeywell gets to the heart of the holidays

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Many security companies produce holiday ads featuring their products. But Honeywell took an innovative approach in promoting security this season—actually commissioning a Nashville band, Telecommunicators, to create an original song, “You’re My Heart,” and using it in a music video that highlights the features of Tuxedo Touch.

The resulting video tugs at the heart while showing the ways Tuxedo Touch can enhance a family’s home life.

And Angela Remmert, media specialist at Honeywell Security, told me the music video carries benefits for dealers too.

“The song is free to download for dealers and consumers. It also gives dealers an opportunity to use the video on their web sites and social media channels as a holiday message, in case they didn’t have the resources to create their own,” she said.

David Gottlieb, Honeywell Security’s global marketing communications leader, summed up the holiday initiative in a recent blog post on Honeywell's The Security Channel blog by saying it shows “what our industry does is woven into … daily life.” Well said—and happy holidays!
 

Honeywell reels in trio of ESX awards

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06/20/2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Honeywell Security team will leave the Electronic Security Expo (ESX) in Nashville this week with three awards in tow, including the Best Overall award, given to the LYNX Touch 5100, Honeywell’s wireless residential security platform, according to a

Honeywell expands capabilities for Total Connect

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06/10/2013

MELVILLE, N.Y.—Honeywell’s home automation platform, Total Connect is now supported by the company’s Tuxedo Touch home controller, according to a news release.

Honeywell to name new FAP/CSS/HIS dealer group leaders, integrate business units

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02/22/2012

MELVILLE, N.Y.—Honeywell Security Products is integrating its two business units—access control/video and intrusion—into one P&L, and is planning to name new leaders for its three dealer programs before ISC West, Scott Harkins, who was named president of Honeywell Security Products in December, told Security Systems News.

Long Island’s got burglaries, Honeywell has solution

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Talk about serendipitous product placement—Ron Rothman, president of Honeywell Security Group, was featured in Newsday this week, talking about Honeywell’s new Tuxedo Touch, a security/automation product for homes that can also be used by businesses. And the article on him just happened to appear in the newspaper on the same day Newsday’s cover story was on the rising number of burglaries at homes and businesses on Long Island.

“Of course, this is technology that can help address the rising number of burglaries,” noted David Gottlieb, Honeywell’s global marketing communications leader, in Honeywell’s new blog, called The Security Channel.

Both Honeywell Security Group and Newsday are based in Melville, N.Y. Rothman was profiled on Monday, Feb. 20, in a regular business feature in the paper titled “Executive Suite.” He’s pictured holding a Tuxedo Touch monitor and answering such questions as this:
 

What are some new developments at your company? 
We just released our new Tuxedo Touch, a home controller with a color touch-screen display, which controls the security system, thermostats, lighting controls, window shades, locks and other devices. Also, the systems have the ability to send you a video clip of an activity that occurs when you are not home -- so you might have a package being delivered, a child coming home from school, your elderly parent going into the kitchen -- the camera will capture and send you a 10-second clip.

And on the cover of the same paper is an article about a dramatic increase in burglaries on Long Island. Newsday said that police cite a number of reasons—including the relatively warm winter this year:

Officials blame the burglary uptick on a variety of factors, from desperate junkies craving money for opiate painkillers to the high price of precious metals. And the weather. Last year's snow and cold might have kept prospective burglars inside, [Nassau police Chief Steven] Skrynecki said.

"At this time last year," he said, "we were under snow from almost the beginning of the year through February."