Smart-Home Market Firing On All Cylinders
Here’s the latest in smart-home developments from Clare, Legrand, Nuheat, TiO, TikTeck, URC
By: Joseph Palenchar, TWICE
Original article can be found at: http://www.twice.com/news/home-automation/smart-home-market-firing-all-cylinders/60186
The smart-home industry is firing on all cylinders at the start of the New Year, with suppliers of installed and DIY systems launching new products and programs. Here’s what Clare Controls, Legrand, Nuheat Electric, Tio, start-up TikTeck and URC have in store.
Some announcements were made at the Jan. 19-21 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.
TiO: Anuva-owned TiO is broadening the customer base for its installed home-automation systems with the launch of its first starter kit, which bundles products at a discounted price, and price reductions of more than 25 percent on select products.
TiO also simplified its dealer program.
The Tio Starter Kit at $3,999 integrates control of two zones of streaming music, 10 lighting loads, climate systems, a home-theater system and a security camera for control from a smartphone or tablet. The bundle represents a “significant price break” over buying the parts individually, the company said, and it can be professionally installed in half a day.
The company also implemented more-than-25-percent price reductions on the TouchLite 4 and StealthStream 1 products. The TouchLite 4 is $179, down from $249, and the StealthStream 1 is $499, down from $599.
In overhauling its dealer and distributor programs, TiO eliminated back-end rebates and included them in the initial purchase price. TiO price sheets now come with multiple columns that let dealers and distributors choose the price they want via quarterly purchase commitments.