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Lowe's adds new home automation products

Mooresville, N.C. – Lowe's Companies announced this week the launch of four new products for its Iris smart home system. New connected devices include a smart garage door controller, electronic pet door, window blinds controller and hose faucet timer to make it easier to cut energy costs, reduce water usage and keep a home secure.

Iris was launched in 2012, offering consumers a single user interface that lets them monitor and customize a range of devices in and around the home. This new wave of products joins the 50 existing devices currently available for Iris – including security cameras, smoke detectors, water leak detectors and more. Iris works with brands General Electric, Kwikset, Schlage, Whirlpool, Orbit Irrigation Products and PetSafe. Iris's open platform also supports dozens of other Zigbee and Z-Wave-enabled devices.

"Iris is a simple and affordable smart home solution that helps makes homes safer, more energy efficient and easier to manage. We offer the most extensive array of connected products on the market that can be easily customized to meet consumers' needs," said Kevin Meagher, Lowe's vp and general manager, Smart Home.

Lowe's claims to be the first to target the mass consumer market with a broad home automation solution and the first to introduce a truly open platform – allowing devices across its stores to connect with one another. However competitor Home Depot appears to have slightly more smart home devices. Earlier this month Home Depot said that about 60 Wink-enabled connected appliances, such as light bulbs, window shades and water heaters, were available for sale at the retailer's 2,000 U.S. stores.

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