So the big announcement has been made – and it is called ‘Texecom Connect’
This looks like quite an interesting attempt by Texecom to position themselves more towards a provider of home automation products rather than simply alarm systems. This does make sense to me as I’ve always thought there is a natural connection between the array of sensors and outputs which an alarm provides and the control of lights, heating etc.
The details are on the Texecom website:
However, there isn’t yet a lot of detail on how this will all work. To summarise what is known so far there will be several components:
New firmware upgrade to v4 – this is to support ‘Texecom Connect’ but there may be other features too
New Texecom Connect App – this seems to be the main control point for the home automation stuff. It looks quite nice, although it will likely be fairly limited and probably won’t be much chance for hacking it about
API – now this is really interesting as it should allow integration with all manner of other existing systems. Texecom themselves will probably only be interested in doing this for established commercial systems (CBus etc) but let’s hope that they make it available to other people as well. I do know that they have been quite helpful with a number of people before who want to develop 3rd party plugins so I am hoping that this will continue.
Other Ricochet devices – it appears that Texecom are planning to use the Ricochet mesh network in a similar manner to Z-Wave and produce outlet switches, possibly even replacement sockets and things. They will need to come up with quite a range of these if they are going to be useful but I’m not sure that yet another standard is a particularly good idea. They even mention radiator valves, IO devices etc.
Connect cameras – as above, cameras based around Ricochet which link in with the app and the other devices.
The Texecom Connect Hub – the purpose of this is a little mysterious but it does look like it will provide a Z-Wave interface. This is very interesting as I already have a modest Z-wave setup and it would be good to combine it all together. I’ve already experimented with this a bit (a subject for another post) but having a single control system would simplify things significantly.
There is a lack of detail and none of this stuff is available yet. However it does appear quite an ambitious move and one in which I am very interested. The other really good news is that they state clearly that this is for all Premier Elite systems so we can expect to be able to flash upgrade to it.
So I may be dusting off the 1000-HDC again soon!