Office equipment and supplies retailer Staples launched the Staples Connect system for home automation and office automation. The system enables customers' home or office technology to interact and be controlled by a single app.
The app allows a customer to shut down his/her office with a single button--turning off lights, lowering shades, and locking doors, while at the same time turning on their lights and heat at home.
The system consists of a multi-platform app and universal Linksys hub that allow many devices to communicate. The hub will be available online and in a limited number of Staples stores for $99 in November 2013. Customers can choose office devices that work with the hub, including products from Lutron, Philips, and GE office devices, climate control devices from Honeywell, and security equipment from Yale and First Alert.
Mike Edwards, executive vice president, merchandising for Staples, said that compatible products also include devices from "newcomers," including DoorBot wireless doorbells and the ivee wi-fi voice-activated assistant.
"Our app makes it easy for customers to control their entire home or office from their smartphone, tablet or laptop, wherever they may be," said Edwards.
The system is operated on a platform developed by Zonoff Inc., which features a free, single app.
Staples is the world's largest office products company and second largest internet retailer.
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