Apple’s HomeKit Announcement and the Connected Home

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At Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC), the company announced that it will be entering the realm of home automation through a programming feature called “HomeKit,” which will be included in the new iOS 8 operating system. Although there were relatively few details provided, this announcement has lots of people, especially in the home security and home automation sectors, speculating about what it really means.

We thinks it spells opportunity – for us, and for our customers.

What’s in HomeKit?

At this point the actual details on HomeKit are sparse, but from what we can gather, HomeKit will include a standardized protocol that allows smart home devices to communicate. Think lights, thermostats, locks and appliances. If these devices are designed with the HomeKit protocol, they should come ready to work. And yes, you would probably be able to ask Siri to control these devices in your home!

Other Possible Features

Another example of functionality that may be included is “geo-fencing,” which uses the GPS locator in your phone to know when you are coming or going, and to then perform certain functions (such as turning lights on or off, raising or lowering the temperature, etc.). As long as devices are “HomeKit certified,” they should operate on the new protocol.

Expansion of Home Automation

There are already numerous home automation applications on the market, and there’s no question that Apple’s entry into this arena will provide a significant boost – not only to penetration of more homes, but also the development of more applications. And that is good news for homeowners.

The adoption of HomeKit also means that companies like FrontPoint, who already offer home automation services and other advanced functions, should be able to expand and enhance their current offerings, providing an even better experience for the connected home.

Some of the HomeKit Features Exist Today

In fact, much of the potential functionality of HomeKit can already be used today, with technology that companies like FrontPoint have been offering for some time:

  • Control lights, climate, locks, and appliances through a single mobile app
  • Define behavior rules for devices based on time, or related events (such as lights turning on when a door opens)
  • Geo-fencing (mentioned above) to trigger events as you enter or leave home, based on GPS awareness of your location

FrontPoint is Excited!

We welcome Apple’s announcement.  After all, FrontPoint has been a leader in marketing and supporting the latest interactive technologies – through our integration of home security with home automation. We look forward to the increased awareness and expansion of available platforms that will surely follow Apple’s foray into the smart home.

We hope to learn more about Apple’s HomeKit plans in the coming months. After all, we’re always looking for ways to improve our current product and service offerings.

Just as we were the first nationwide alarm company to provide safer cellular monitoring with every system, we’ll be looking for opportunities to leverage new technologies for greater convenience in the home.

We want our customers to feel protected and connected – and for homeowners, that’s real peace of mind.

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  1. John Shkolnik

    Whichever comparable service comes out with HomeKit support — I’d even be impressed with IFTTT support — will get my business.

  2. Anton

    What’s the HomeKit update? ETA? Not waiting much longer.

    • Katie Rynex

      Anton, at this time we do not have any updates on the integration of HomeKit. Thanks for reaching out and please let us know if you have any other questions going forward.

  3. Jon

    I have been a loyal FrontPoint customer for several years, but if HomeKit compatibility is not added VERY SOON, I will be moving to another company that supports HomeKit.

  4. Yanik

    Any news on HomeKit compatibility? It would be nice that I could say “good night Siri” and all my frontpoint connected lights turn off, my alarm armed stay and my ecobee temp lowered. C’mon it’s nearly 2017. You guys were ahead in the game but we haven’t seen much innovation in the last few years I’ve had my system.

    • Katie Rynex

      Yanik, great question! At this time we do not have any updates on HomeKit compatibility. We appreciate your great suggestion and will definitely pass it along to the right people!

  5. Noel Farmer

    I have been a Frontpoint customer since you early days. However I am a lifetime Apple customer and I am integrating all home automation into Apple HomeKit. Consider you company on the clock for integrating a HomeKit solution. I will not wait much longer. It is obvious like so many failed companies before you, a poor decision was made to not take Apple seriously.

    • Katie Rynex

      Noel, we appreciate your feedback and will definitely pass it along to the right people!

  6. John

    Just down loaded iOS 10 and fired up the new home kit. Too bad by Frontpoint system isn’t compatible. Hopefully it will be soon.

  7. Praveen Kannan

    Months since apple announced HomeKit and Frontpoint acknowledged it. If frontpoint claims to be leading this segment of home automation, then I expect that it provides HomeKit integration before anyone else. With todays apple event, I still don’t see any update from Frontpoint. I am considering choices to cancel and move on to something that is bleeding edge; I heard Nest is opening up more segments with connected systems.

  8. Tabitha Wolf

    Mark me down as another potential client looking for a home security system that is MFi compliant.

  9. Bill Higgins

    I just installed the iOS 10 beta and love the new Apple Home app that provides a common UI for HomeKit-enabled devices. If FrontPoint doesn’t commit to supporting HomeKit, I plan on cancelling my account, despite the cost, in order to switch to a home security company that supports HomeKit.

    • Katie Rynex

      Thank you for your feedback Bill! Here at Frontpoint it is our goal to make sure that all 3rd party equipment works seamlessly with your system. For this reason, we diligently test all equipment so that we can guarantee compatibility. Once we have ensured that this will work with your system we will let you, and all of our customers know via email. We hope this was helpful!

    • Randall Nichols

      Agree with Bill. HomeKit has been available for developers for years. Testing and integration should have already been completed and ready for the consumers who help fund this product. I feel ready to find another solution if the “leader” has already fallen so far behind.

  10. Josh

    Agree with all of the above. This should be easy, guys. And honestly, there is a really big business opportunity for you here, since there is no app which is a clear front runner yet in the home automation department. We all want full Siri integration. We all want to control all of our home automation devices in one app. My guess is that if you don’t step up and lead this game, you will forever be playing catch up to whoever does.

  11. George

    Hopefully you’re looking at this more seriously after the announcements at WWDC 2016 yesterday.

    • Boe

      HomeKit compatibility would make a big difference in my choice to go with Frontpoint? Would love for this to come as a software update for existing equipment if possible.

  12. Steven

    Are there any updates on whether Frontpoint will integrate Apple’s HomeKit yet? I’m in the process of shopping for security and coupling the thermostats and household locks (Schlage Sense) – and would like to have all of them managed together. If integration hasn’t happened yet, what are the chances if I purchase the Frontpoint system this month that it would be capable of being retrofitted in the future to tie into the HomeKit system?

  13. JT

    Is there any possible integrations of Schlage Homekit deadbolt and Siri/Homekit control of the Qolsys control panel?

    • Valerie Saponara

      JT, at this time we do not plan on integrating those automated locks into the Qolsys Control Panel. We will keep you updated if things change!

  14. Elliott

    Any update on Apple HomeKit integration?

    • Gilbert Cho

      Hi Elliott, we’re still in the process of evaluating HomeKit integration. The list of HomeKit products has been slow to grow, and we want to evaluate it fully before making major decisions. If there are significant updates, we will make sure to let you and other customers know first.

  15. Amit

    I agree! I’d like to see integration with Homekit devices. I’m in the process of evaluating a home automation solution and if Frontpoint can’t integrate with HK, I’ll be looking for another solution.

  16. Geoffrey Sperl

    So… now that a year’s passed, the HomeKit devices are rolling out, Alarm.com embraced the Apple Watch – what might we see from you guys for HomeKit integration?

    • Nick Losier

      Agreed. Hoping me current FrontPoint system will integrate with HomeKit. Let us know!

      • jim

        Agreed. HomeKit integration is critical. Without it we will essentially run two systems and something will have to go.

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