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Staples and Zonoff Expand Connect Home and Office Automation Program

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Staples and Zonoff Expand Connect Home and Office Automation Program


January 08, 2014

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor

Staples (News - Alert) and Zonoff will be expanding their collaboration program following the successful launch of the Staples Connect platform in stores and online. The expansion includes adding new ecosystem device partners and support for more wireless protocols, and the opening of an in-store display in Manhattan.

Peter Gerstberger, director, technology merchandise, new business development, Staples said, “Staples Connect is already the most aggressive and interactive retail initiative to bring the connected home and office to the mainstream consumer. We look forward to continuing to expand the device support and system capabilities over the coming weeks and months.”

Companies that support the Staples/Zonoff ecosystem expansion include Kwikset (News - Alert), Netgear, Radio Thermostat, Centralite, Withings, Waxman, Goji, Koubachi and Rachio. They are expected to integrate and promote the system.

The Staples Connect platform will offer support to ZigBee, Bluetooth and Insteon based products in addition to Z-Wave, Lutron ClearConnect and Wi-Fi as radios/protocols that are supported.

Mike Harris CEO of Zonoff remarked, “We envision a home in which open standards like Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, ZigBee, Bluetooth and others work seamlessly alongside traditionally proprietary standards like Lutron’s Clear Connect. Zonoff's unique approach creates a single point of control for the customer while respecting, and leveraging, the individual brand experiences within the broader ecosystem.”

Zonoff technology connects the Internet of Things to everyone serving as a comprehensive software platform that enables electronic device makers, service providers and retailers to develop and offer new products and services for the benefit of the consumer mass market.

Staples launched Staples Connect in 2013 which lets customers’ home or office technology to interact and be controlled by a single app. With the touch of a button, Staples Connect lets customers shut down their office, turning off lights, lowering shades and locking doors, while at the same time turning on their lights and heat at home.

The solution uses a platform developed by Zonoff which features a free, single app. As the “brains” of the connected home, the Zonoff connected home platform comprises of home, cloud, and App software. It powers everything from entry level point solutions to comprehensive home automation, remote control, energy management and safety monitoring.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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