Honeywell has released the Tuxedo Touch, a touchscreen controller that combines security and lifestyle technology by allowing home and business owners to centrally control both security and automation functions such as temperature, lighting and more.
The Tuxedo Touch controller combines security and lifestyle technology.
With a bright, full-color, 7-inch display, Tuxedo Touch uses a built-in controller that communicates with devices such as thermostats, lighting controls, shades and locks via the Z-Wave communications protocol. Additionally, a built-in web server gives users the ability to control the system using Wi-Fi-enabled devices including smartphones, tablets, PCs and Internet TVs, regardless of operating system.
Tuxedo Touch is Honeywell’s latest addition to its portfolio of “connected home” products that give low voltage professionals the ability to grow their businesses by incorporating more lifestyle capabilities into security offerings. Dealers and end users can easily program the system to fit individual lifestyles. For instance, the system can be programmed to set back thermostats and close shades whenever a homeowner leaves for the day. Business owners can program it to engage various lighting, locking and HVAC systems upon disarming the security when opening a store.
Besides controlling various security and environmental functions, Tuxedo Touch allows users to view local weather information, upload digital photos and videos, simultaneously view streaming feeds from up to four IP video cameras, and create and display messages for household members or employees. The device is also compatible with Honeywell’s popular Total Connect remote interactive service, which allows home and business owners to access their security systems from any Internet-enabled device.
“Lifestyle is valued more than ever today, which is why security systems in both the home and business are expanding beyond life safety requirements into the connected home environment,” said Rob Puric, director of residential marketing for Honeywell. “People want simplicity, and Tuxedo Touch achieves that by combining protection, lifestyle and energy savings in an easy-to-use manner. This is truly the most cost-effective device of its kind in the industry.”
Other notable Tuxedo Touch features include a video user guide that explains how to operate the device right on the display, and compatibility with Honeywell’s widely used line of VISTA control panels.