Honeywell announces that its Lyric Controller home security system is now certified for use with Apple HomeKit. Honeywell says it is the first professionally installed and monitored security system to support Apple’s smart home platform, which enables homeowners to control their Lyric Controller security system with the Apple Home app or by asking Siri.
“Smart home technology has made consumers more reliant on their mobile devices to manage their homes,” says Scott Harkins, vice president and general manager of Connected Home, Honeywell Home and Building Technologies. “The addition of HomeKit support to the Lyric Controller improves the connected home experience for consumers, and provides new opportunities for dealers. Dealers can leverage the Apple ecosystem of HomeKit partners to expand their connected home offering and deliver a robust interface to manage the home.” The integration is being offered as a free software update, which is available to both current and future Lyric Controller consumers.
HomeKit provides a way for users to control their home’s lights, doors, thermostats and more from their iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch using the Apple Home app or Siri. In addition, the Lyric Controller integration with HomeKit allows the system to respond to voice commands based on personalized presets and automate scenes for energy saving, comfort and security, according to the company.
Lyric Controller users can access their security systems using native authentication on iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, including Touch ID and Face ID on iPhone X. The Honeywell Lyric controller, with its 7-inch touchscreen and built-in camera, serves as the central hub for arming and disarming the system. If a Lyric sensor, such as a door/window or motion detector, detects an unusual situation, the controller will provide visual and audible notification. In addition, other local actions that can be triggered through HomeKit include lighting, locks and temperature controls.