LogMeIn, Inc. today announced that the remote connectivity used to connect users of Lutron Electronics' new Caséta Wireless solution with their homes via a smartphone or tablet is powered by LogMeIn's Xively Internet of Things (IoT) Platform. Lutron, a leader in energy-saving, wireless light and shade control, has been selling premium connected home solutions for 25 years.
The company turned to LogMeIn for help in building a simple and affordable solution for the average consumer.
"We believe the Internet of Things isn't just about connectivity; it's about making things work better for customers. LogMeIn shares this vision and was instrumental in helping us deliver a reliable remote connection to Lutron's connected home mobile experience," said Matt Swatsky, Caséta Wireless product manager at Lutron. "LogMeIn's robust platform, Internet of Things expertise, and ability to deliver quickly on its promise were key selling points. In just four months, we went from concept to field-ready product."
"We're thrilled that a company such as Lutron—renowned for innovative products that deliver real value to customers—chose LogMeIn for its new connected home mobile solution," said Chad Jones, VP of Internet of Things Strategy at LogMeIn. "Lutron exemplifies the visionary companies leveraging the IoT to deliver products that delight customers, and that revolutionize how they interact with the world."
Lutron hired LogMeIn Professional Services to build the Xively IoT Platform into its Caséta Wireless solution. The Xively platform is built on LogMeIn's proven, highly-scalable, Gravity cloud infrastructure, which supports millions of secure connections between people, devices and data across the globe. Lutron Smart Bridge, a hub that connects and controls Lutron Caséta Wireless dimmers and Lutron Serena® and select Sivoia® QS remote-controlled shades, connects the customer's home to a smartphone or tablet. LogMeIn consultants used Heroku to develop remote connectivity in the Lutron mobile app, enabling consumers to control Lutron devices via the Smart Bridge from any iOS- or Android-based phone or tablet, from anywhere in the world.
With the LogMeIn-enabled Lutron Smart Bridge and app, Lutron can:
- Extend connected homes to the mass market
According to Swatsky, ease of use and affordability are critical for the general consumer market. "LogMeIn made it possible for us to develop an easy-to-deploy solution faster and at lower cost than what was possible. We were able to pass those savings to consumers and quickly go to market with a strong offering," said Swatsky.
- Deliver real-time experience for consumers
The Lutron Smart Bridge provides a remote connected experience that is just as fast as turning on a light or opening a shade, due in part to the fast, roundtrip times enabled by the Xively IoT Platform.
- Enables remote connectivity of entire Caséta Wireless family
The Lutron Smart Bridge is compatible with Caséta Wireless in-wall and lamp dimmers, Lutron Serena, Triathlon® and select Sivoia® QS shading solutions, and Pico® remote controls. It will also be compatible with third-party devices, such as the GE telligent™ LED bulb, enabling an even richer connected home system.
- Analyze usage patterns to enhance product roadmap
Lutron has the ability to collect anonymous usage data for its Smart Bridge hub, app and connected devices. By analyzing overall patterns, the company can gain insights that inform product development and enable it to continue to take care of its customers and innovate with high-quality designs.