Honeywell and Motorola partner

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

CHICAGO—Motorola Mobility and Honeywell Security Group are working together to develop an end-to-end connected home security solution.

Motorola Mobility—which makes mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, wireless accessories, end-to-end video and data delivery, and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices—announced the collaboration at a cable show June 15.

Motorola Mobility was part of Motorola Inc., which separated into two publicly traded companies in January: Motorola Solutions and Motorola Mobility.

Honeywell business communications manager Lourdes Pena told Security Systems News in a June 16 email interview that the solution incorporates elements from Honeywell and 4Home.

Motorola Mobility acquired 4Home, noted for its software platform for energy management, home security and monitoring, media management and home health, in December 2010.

The solution would offer cable and telco “subscribers a connected home security service that enables remote management of alarm panels and associated security devices using multiple control interfaces—including TV, smartphone, PC and tablet,” according to the Motorola release.

Pena said that the demonstration at the show incorporated both product and a service. “The [Honeywell’s] LYNX Touch provides security and alarm signaling. Total Connect API provides connectivity to the Motorola 4Home user interfaces on other devices. Motorola Mobility’s 4Home software also connects the solution with the service provider’s back office infrastructure (e.g. for billing and provisioning).”

According to the Motorola release, the system “delivers Honeywell's trusted alarm panel hardware with device management from Motorola's carrier-grade, open software platform—allowing simple integration of a range of connected security devices, scalability to millions of subscribers, and the infrastructure to support third-party services.”

Which channel would sell the new connected home security solution? Noting that the collaboration is only at the demonstration stage, Pena said: “If [it’s] deployed by a cable/telecom provider, it will completely depend on the service provider and its business model.”