SYOSSET, N.Y. - Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced that its Honeywell Automation Server (HAS) and Honeywell Internet Connection Module (ICM) will support Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. The Automation Server allows homeowners to control household appliances and electronics such as security, HVAC and lighting systems. The Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 is an operating system that delivers advanced computing plus easy-to-use integrated digital entertainment enabling people to enjoy live and recorded television, movies, music, photos and radio through a user-friendly interface.
"Linking Honeywell's home automation products with Media Center Edition 2005 is a strong combination of technology and innovation," said Tim Trautman, senior product manger for Honeywell. "Honeywell and Microsoft are working together to deliver this solution to builders and integrators, with reliability and support backed by two of the strongest names in the industry."
"Media Center Edition 2005 provides our customers not only the best in fully integrated digital entertainment, but is also capable of scaling to power home control solutions designed to address a wide range of needs-all at the touch of a button," said Dave Mendlen, director of Windows Consumer Marketing at Microsoft Corp. "We're pleased that Honeywell is utilizing Media Center's robust functionality and intuitive user interface to deliver the solutions our customers have been asking for."
The Honeywell Automation Server is a fully featured application-based platform that incorporates best of breed technologies from Intel, Microsoft and other industry leaders, and allows users to store movies, music and digital photos in one central location, making them available throughout the house. The HAS embedded server will provide enhanced services to all family members and may even increase the resale value of the home. It is the first turnkey solution for builders and integrators to provide homeowners with the benefit of complete control over home technology and entertainment by providing a comprehensive set of services in a pre-integrated format to facilitate a speedy and successful installation.
Because the Automation Server is a pre-integrated platform, builders and integrators can easily install their preferred brands of lighting, appliances or HVAC controls as most popular interfaces and protocols are already included. Along with the chance to sell a larger suite of automation and control products, the Automation Server provides an opportunity for recurring monthly revenue (RMR) by offering the installer the opportunity to sell value-added service and maintenance programs which can be remotely monitored and administered.
The ICM can be integrated with the Honeywell APEX security system and the Honeywell Enviracom Programmable Thermostat. The ICM, based on technology developed by In2 Networks, Inc. of Murray, Utah, is also compatible with "connect- and control-enabled" devices, including lighting products offered by Lutron Electronics.
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