Legrand’s new Intuity home automation platform has been designed to give production homebuilders and installers serving the mainstream housing market a more affordable, modular, and repeatable solution for controlling entertainment, security, and comfort within a home.
The same Intuity user interface is available from any laptop or desktop computer, so users have a consistent experience.
“Homeowners today expect connectivity and control in new homes,” said Fritz Werder, VP and general manager for the company’s On-Q and NuVo lines. “Most new homebuyers are making home automation a priority. Intuity gives builders a unique, easy-to-install platform that meets buyer expectations without delaying the building process.”
According to Werder, the company’s intention was to provide homebuilders with a modular, easy-to-sell home ecosystem that would support buyers’ most-requested home technologies. Intuity accomplishes this in two ways: First by supporting Legrand’s own subsystems, including its On-Q IP cameras, video door entry and intercom, its RFLC lighting systems, and its On-Q multi-room digital audio system that supports networked content and many popular online streaming services.
Intuity also offers integration of third-party, Legrand-approved Z-Wave components, including HVAC thermostats from Honeywell and Trane, digital door locks from Kwikset and Yale, and home security systems from Honeywell and GE/Interlogix.
With the Intuity control app, downloadable from the Apple Store, users can operate all aspects of their Intuity system from any iOS mobile device or from Intuity’s wall-mounted Command Center, which houses an iPad mini, as well as incorporating both an intercom station and a zone of digital audio. The same user interface is also available from any laptop or desktop computer, so users have a consistent experience whether they are checking their live camera feed remotely on their cell phone or activating lighting and audio for a relaxing evening at home.
To simplify both installation and scalability, Intuity includes modular components that are housed inside a structured wiring enclosure as part of the home’s wiring infrastructure. Intuity’s brain is its HA7000 Automation Controller.
To simplify both installation and scalability, Intuity includes modular components that are housed inside a structured wiring enclosure as part of the home’s wiring infrastructure. Intuity’s brain is its HA7000 Automation Controller, which in addition to providing basic Internet connectivity also directly supports Legrand subsystems, such as digital audio, intercom, and IP security cameras. All these subsystem modules mount inside the enclosure and plug directly into the Central Control Module.
The platform also supports both Legrand and third-party wireless subsystems through a pair of wireless bridge modules that connect to the system enclosure via category cable for power, but otherwise communicate with both the Central Control Module and the individual subsystem, such as RFLC lighting control, thermostats, door locks and security, wirelessly.
Intuity has been priced with the production home market in mind, offers design flexibility depending on a homebuyer’s needs and budgets. A basic Intuity foundation package (MSRP of $1,389) would include the Central Control module (HA7000), one in-wall Command Center (HA7110) that includes an intercom and a zone of digital audio, a Power Supply (PW7760), both an RFLC Bridge (HA7020) and a Z-Wave Bridge (HA7040) for controlling wireless components, a Bridge Power Module (PW1013), and an enclosure (EN2800) to house the components.
All Intuity systems can be configured to includes plug-in modules for digital audio, IP security cameras, and intercoms. Legrand offers direct support to assist in configuring and pricing, as well.
Understanding the importance of supporting both its builder and installer customers, Legrand will offer a suite of sales and merchandising tools to help simplify the selling process. The Intuity support program includes demonstration products for installation in model homes, videos of Intuity in use, sales training to help builders present the lifestyle advantages of home automation, brochures and other consumer support materials for distribution in the model homes and design centers, and a sleek, consumer demo app which takes potential buyers on a virtual tour of a home outfitted with Intuity.
The company has dedicated regional representatives to work with each builder to assess and implement a program to meet their needs, which will include an extended warranty option that Legrand will roll out later this year.
For more information on Intuity and all Legrand products, visit www.legrand.us or call 800.223.4162.