Lagotek, a developer of residential and commercial building automation systems, is offering a new web-based iPhone application available to Lagotek customers who use Lagotek’s Home Intelligence Platform.
Lagotek’s whole home control platform uniquely uses two wireless systems, WiFi and Z-Wave in a distributed network design. WiFi, the system most people are familiar with as used in most home, office and coffee shop systems, has a high volume capability but does not talk to light switches and control devices. Z-wave is a specific wireless protocol that talks to the individual devices that control the light switches or other devices but has inherent limitations related to number of devices. Using Lagotek’s unique approach with WiFi as a backbone, the Z-Wave network can be scaled to any size (largest to date over 300 devices).
The finished system, which functions just like an iPhone application, is available to Lagotek customers via the iPhone browser and allows the user to check the status of home systems such as lighting, motorized window coverings, climate (HVAC), whole house audio, home theater, monitoring and surveillance cameras, security and irrigation.
The iPhone can also be used to view live camera images (multiple wherever they are installed) and invoke Modes, such as an “Away” Mode that turns off all lights, lowers window coverings, shuts down entertainment audio or video, sets security and adjusts HVAC from a single button click.