Lowe's brings wireless connectivity to Iris

Customers of the Lowe's Iris smart home solution will soon be able to use Verizon’s wireless network for remote monitoring and management of their homes.   

Available to U.S.-based Iris customers beginning Nov. 21, Verizon will be Lowe’s exclusive provider of wireless connectivity. 

Launched in July, Iris allows homeowners to monitor and control their homes from anywhere via a smartphone or tablet. The new Verizon wireless connection available via USB modem will connect to the Iris Smart Hub, eliminating the need for homeowners to have a wired broadband connection. 

The USB modems will be sold on Lowes.com. 

Kevin Meagher, Lowe’s VP smart home, said: “Wireless connectivity is of great value to our Iris customers who would like the freedom to manage and monitor their home without a broadband connection and with the peace of mind that connectivity to their home won’t be lost should their Internet connection become interrupted. Verizon has worked with Lowe’s for many years, and the extension of this relationship demonstrates our joint commitment to keeping our customers connected to the things most important to them whenever and wherever they choose.”

This new wireless addition to the Iris Smart Home solution expands a 14-year relationship between Lowe’s and Verizon that includes wireless, wireline and hosting solutions, in addition to professional services consulting.

Lowe’s offers three different Iris starter kits that can all be paired with the Verizon wireless USB modem to facilitate connection with the Iris Hub for remote home monitoring and management: Iris Safe & Secure ($179), Iris Comfort & Control ($179), and Iris Smart Kit ($299).

Both Lowe’s and Verizon will be participating in the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show Jan. 8 to 11 in Las Vegas. Lowe’s will be showcasing the next generation of Iris products and services, including the Verizon Wireless USB Modem.