Home Heartbeat Wireless Security System
Eaton Corporation has developed Home Heartbeat, a Home awareness system that enables consumers to monitor and receive updates on a broad range of household devices and systems.
Home Heartbeat provides consumers with anytime knowledge of the inner workings of their Homes while they go about their daily lives. The wireless, plug-and-use system enables consumers to add simple remote monitoring to ordinary household devices and systems. The system, which installs in just minutes, features a Home Key that allows homeowners an all-in-one glimpse at the status and condition of their homes
The system routinely monitors for problems such as water leaks and flooding. It also provides updates on home appliances, the status of doors and windows, routine maintenance schedules and can even oversee comings and goings of family members.
"This is an exciting opportunity that puts Eaton on the cutting edge of the emerging category of home awareness," said Matt Lorenz, marketing manager, Residential Division, Eaton's electrical business. "Homeowners are looking for a way to keep in touch with their homes so they can avert emergencies and problems before they get out of control. Home Heartbeat provides a high-tech solution in an easy-to-install, easy-to-use system. If you can plug in a lamp, use a remote control, and apply stickers, you can use this system."
The system is able to send emails or text message alerts to cell phones when a problem is detected. Because the system is wireless, it is also easy to upgrade by adding new components.
Home Heartbeat can quite literally be up and monitoring the status of the home in minutes. It has three main components: a base station, a Home Key and a network of detection sensors. Installation of the system breaks down into three easy steps: activate the Base Station, train the Home Key, and use the sensors to monitor the home. The system routinely provides updates as it monitors home appliances, the status of doors and windows, routine maintenance schedules, and more.
The base station is the heart of the Home Heartbeat system. It communicates with the Home Key and sensors wirelessly and maintains constant awareness of the state of the home. The base station interprets the alert and status messages from the sensors and relays the information to the Home Key. These two components continually interact, transmitting important information and alerts to the homeowner.
The Home Heartbeat Home Key, with its LCD display, communicates wirelessly with the base station. Homeowners can use this Home Key to monitor the home, to alert them of a problem (by vibration, beep or red flashing LCD display), and to add additional sensors to the system. Typical indoor range is 90 feet.
The Home Key captures a snapshot of the current state of the home as soon as it is out of range of the Base Station. Homeowners can also set up a "Call Me Awareness," which allows them to receive an email or a text message on an SMS-enabled cell phone when there is a problem in the home. So whether the homeowner is home or away, at work, or on vacation, they can be alerted to potential problems.
The sensors -- which include water sensors, open/closed sensors, power sensors, reminder and attention sensors -- are the backbone of the Home Heartbeat system. They can alert the homeowner to a wide range of problems, including pipe leaks and flooding, open doors and windows, and appliances that are left on or are without power. Water sensors have an added feature that can activate a water shut-off valve. Reminder and attention sensors can be set to trigger easy-to-forget tasks, like bringing home a gallon of milk or putting out the garbage.
HHB is ZigBee ready. ZigBee, a new wireless networking standard (IEEE 802.15.4), connects small embedded sensors and transmitters that don't need much bandwidth, but that do need long battery life, built-in network security, and scalability. And because the HHB system is wireless, it is also easy to upgrade by adding new sensors/components.
For more information, visit www.eaton.com .