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Honeywell’s LYNX Touch 7000 ‘Best in Show’ at ESX

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06/27/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Honeywell won multiple honors at the Electronic Security Expo (ESX), including the conference’s top award in the Maximum Impact Awards competition, the company announced today.

Honeywell’s Harkins transitions to new role

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Honeywell’s Scott Harkins is transitioning to a new role.

Honeywell spokeman David Gottlieb today confirmed that “Scott Harkins has accepted a new role within Honeywell to help develop global growth opportunities within the Connected Home space. He will leave his current post as president of Honeywell Security Products Americas by the end of June.”  

Honeywell Security Group has not yet announced a successor to Harkins. “Honeywell Security Group has a strong leadership team in place committed to delivering for our customers and ensuring a smooth transition while we execute our succession plan. We will share news regarding our new leadership as soon as we finalize this process,” Gottlieb said in a prepared statement.

Harkins joined Honeywell in 1995. Before he was named president of HSPA in December 2011, he oversaw Honeywell’s video surveillance and access control divisions.

I don't know if Harkins' new role will include working with Honeywell's Lyric thermostat, which it launched yesterday. There's been much in the mainstream news today about Honeywell partnering with Apple to "take on" Google's NEST. (Some of these guys do seem to forget that Honeywell HAS been in the thermostat business for a few years.)

Here's a report from Apple Insider And here's a report from Bloomberg, which goes on to talk about the connected home. 

 

 

 

Honeywell ads 'Mad Men' worthy

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Honeywell’s recent advertising success is on a scale that would make Mad Men’s superstar adman, Don Draper, envious.

First, the company recently won a coveted Telly Award for a Tuxedo Touch music video that it introduced this past December during the holiday season. Also, it got actor John Slattery—who plays the suave but mercurial Roger Sterling on AMC’s Mad Men television series—to star in a new TV commercial where he demonstrates the voice control capabilities of Honeywell’s Wi-Fi thermostat.

The Telly Awards were founded in 1978 and honor the best and most innovative in film and video productions, web commercials, videos and films, and local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. Now, Honeywell recently announced, it has won a Silver Telly Award for the music video featuring Tuxedo Touch.

I blogged about that video, for which Honeywell actually commissioned a Nashville band, Telecommunicators, to create an original song, “You’re My Heart.”

In a recent post on Honeywell's The Security Channel blog, David Gottlieb, Honeywell Security’s global marketing communications leader, gave special thanks to the Telecommunicators “for the great song” that helped to win the award.

And check out the new TV spot featuring Slattery and the Wi-Fi thermostat. The theme of the spot is that the future is already here—with Honeywell.

The actor, sitting on a couch in a living room, talks about how voice control is the future. He says the word “beer,” and a pint glass appears on his coffee table. He says “dog,” and an instant pet appears on the couch next to him.

Then Slattery says, “Impossible? Maybe, but Honeywell’s latest innovation gives me hope.” Then he tells his thermostat he’s too hot, so it lowers the temperature in the room.

The ad has already aired on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and, what with Slattery’s Mad Men fame and the intriguing content, is sure to catch the eyes of viewers. And who knows … is another Telly Award in Honeywell’s future?

Honeywell gets to the heart of the holidays

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Many security companies produce holiday ads featuring their products. But Honeywell took an innovative approach in promoting security this season—actually commissioning a Nashville band, Telecommunicators, to create an original song, “You’re My Heart,” and using it in a music video that highlights the features of Tuxedo Touch.

The resulting video tugs at the heart while showing the ways Tuxedo Touch can enhance a family’s home life.

And Angela Remmert, media specialist at Honeywell Security, told me the music video carries benefits for dealers too.

“The song is free to download for dealers and consumers. It also gives dealers an opportunity to use the video on their web sites and social media channels as a holiday message, in case they didn’t have the resources to create their own,” she said.

David Gottlieb, Honeywell Security’s global marketing communications leader, summed up the holiday initiative in a recent blog post on Honeywell's The Security Channel blog by saying it shows “what our industry does is woven into … daily life.” Well said—and happy holidays!
 

Long Island’s got burglaries, Honeywell has solution

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Talk about serendipitous product placement—Ron Rothman, president of Honeywell Security Group, was featured in Newsday this week, talking about Honeywell’s new Tuxedo Touch, a security/automation product for homes that can also be used by businesses. And the article on him just happened to appear in the newspaper on the same day Newsday’s cover story was on the rising number of burglaries at homes and businesses on Long Island.

“Of course, this is technology that can help address the rising number of burglaries,” noted David Gottlieb, Honeywell’s global marketing communications leader, in Honeywell’s new blog, called The Security Channel.

Both Honeywell Security Group and Newsday are based in Melville, N.Y. Rothman was profiled on Monday, Feb. 20, in a regular business feature in the paper titled “Executive Suite.” He’s pictured holding a Tuxedo Touch monitor and answering such questions as this:
 

What are some new developments at your company? 
We just released our new Tuxedo Touch, a home controller with a color touch-screen display, which controls the security system, thermostats, lighting controls, window shades, locks and other devices. Also, the systems have the ability to send you a video clip of an activity that occurs when you are not home -- so you might have a package being delivered, a child coming home from school, your elderly parent going into the kitchen -- the camera will capture and send you a 10-second clip.

And on the cover of the same paper is an article about a dramatic increase in burglaries on Long Island. Newsday said that police cite a number of reasons—including the relatively warm winter this year:

Officials blame the burglary uptick on a variety of factors, from desperate junkies craving money for opiate painkillers to the high price of precious metals. And the weather. Last year's snow and cold might have kept prospective burglars inside, [Nassau police Chief Steven] Skrynecki said.

"At this time last year," he said, "we were under snow from almost the beginning of the year through February."

 

Sohovich departs Honeywell

The company says succession plan under way, but no replacement named yet
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12/07/2011

MELVILLE, N.Y.—JoAnna Sohovich has resigned as president of Honeywell Security & Communications, Security Systems News has learned.

ISC Solutions opens

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11/04/2010

NEW YORK—The transformed ISC East, now called ISC Solutions, opened here with a new look and crowded aisles yesterday.

 

Was it a function of more people being at the show this year as opposed to last? Or was it the skinny aisles that gave the illusion that there were more people? The official audited numbers won’t be available for more than a month, according to Ed Nichols of event organizer Reed Exhibitions, but attendees who spoke to

Security Systems News

said it didn’t matter. They were pleased with the number and quality of people attending the event.