The LYNX 5100 and Tuxedo Touch will both come to market sometime this year and be distributed by security dealers; both systems feature the touchscreen, which is easily navigated by tapping choices and can control the security system as well as work with Z-Wave technology to control the thermostat, the locks, the shades, the ceiling fans, the lights and (in the case of the Tuxedo Touch) four IP video cameras. It can also display weather, traffic and news, hold voice mail messages for family members or employees, and act as a digital photo frame. The touchscreen works in conjunction with the Total Connect service which allows you to view video from the security systems from your smartphone, tablet or PC, as well as change temperatures or adjust lighting. It can also give you alerts if doors are left open, or opened, if specific items are moved, or if the temperature changes in a room (in the case of a broken thermostat, a leak, or an appliance left on).
Such an integrated and intuitive device makes it easy to keep an eye on your pets, your kids, your employees, or workers who enter your home, as well as keeping a tight eye on security, and energy efficiency. With a straightforward menu, an an ability to be controlled from a multitude of devices, and a comprehensive coverage of home security and automation, the LYNX and Tuxedo systems are rethinking the possibilities of what can be done with a simple touchscreen. (Images courtesy Honeywell)