A Testament to Tuxedo Touch

Eric Oh by Eric Oh | 09.20.2012

The Tuxedo Touch offers so many benefits for Land Tejas residents.

About two years ago, we were in the concept phase of the Tuxedo Touch. It was at that time that we were invited to the Discovery Center at Land Tejas, a master-planned community.  Located in Houston, TX,  the homeowners in this community are very concerned about energy management.

While at Land Tejas, we took a look at the home as a very smart home, with an energy efficient design and we thought about how the Tuxedo could fit into that design.  We built the Tuxedo with energy management as a core platform. This means it has the capability to connect to the whole house energy monitoring devices such as the smartmeter or to an E-Mon CT-clamp-based submeter. The advantage of a CT-clamp is that it can be installed easily by a professional electrician by clamping the sensors into the existing electrical main panel. Also, if the house has a solar panel, the E-Mon meter provides another sensor to clamp onto to read the power generated from the sun. 

Tuxedo connects to the E-Mon meter via the home ip network.  Now from the Tuxedo, the user can glance over to the screen and know instantly what the energy consumption is at any time. Tuxedo provides energy analytics data for the weekly usage and monthly usage so homeowners can understand what their lifestyle is demanding in energy consumption. They can then make adjustments to the thermostat setpoints and see how that impacts energy cost. This gives the homeowner true control. In addition to seeing the energy data on Tuxedo Touch’s screen, the built-in web server also gives full visibility on  smartphones and tablets at home or remotely. How cool is that!

Once Tuxedo Touch was ready, we went back to meet with the Land Tejas developers.  Take a look at the video below to see what these professionals thought about our product and how it helped them bring security and lifestyle benefits to their customers.

If YouTube is blocked, you can view the video here.

Since this video was completed, we’ve added even more features to Tuxedo Touch, including Tuxedo Touch Wi-Fi. What has been your customers’ reactions to Tuxedo Touch?

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  1. Nick Markowitz jr. 09.23.2012/1:00 pm

    Do not forget there’s a tremendous market out there for commercial customers as well once 2.1 TC is out being able to check all your different stores and office branches etc. make sure lights are off doors locked alarm on and coffee pot turned off. yes this is one dynamite product

  2. Lawrence J Lavoie 09.25.2012/12:03 pm

    Looks like a great product -

  3. Lawrence J Lavoie 09.25.2012/12:06 pm

    I really like this idea – Great for high end homes/businesses -
    LJL

  4. Tom Brenner 09.25.2012/2:07 pm

    TheTuxedo keypad may work well with the mentioned products and I know it works well with Zwave. My recent installation with the Vista20, Tuxedo keypad, Zwave thermostats and wall switches works well..

    The Tuxedo falls way short on cctv. Cameras display maybe 50% of the time and it appears the processor used in the Tuxedo is not powerful enough to display four cameras stream at once in quad display. Honeywell support says they are working on that.

    I’m not very impressed with the video capabilities. These cameras are going back to the distributor. I’ll have to find another solution for surveillance.

  5. Sterling Donnelly 10.04.2012/11:53 pm

    Hi Nick,

    Do you know when TC 2.1 is expected to launch? I can’t wait to be able to control security and home automation from a Tuxedo with a VISTA panel.

    - Sterling Donnelly
    http://www.alarmgrid.com

    • Eric Oh 10.15.2012/1:09 am

      Hi Sterling, Tuxedo with TC support will be targeted to release in the first half of 2013.

  6. Dave Meador 10.13.2012/5:50 pm

    Its a nice system. the youtube videos are a little misleading. It would be nice to control both the alarm and z-wave devices remotely from the iPhone or iPad. You can’t the app that comes with this is pretty simple and almost useless. When will Honeywell update the app? I would like to control doors and other devices removely

    • Eric Oh 10.15.2012/1:03 am

      Hi Dave, Tuxedo has a built-in web server which means that it can drive any iphone or ipad via the Safari browser. you don’t need any apps. The web server allows you to do extactly the same control locally inside you home as remotely on your iphone. To enable remote access to your Tuxedo, you need to port forward your router and use your external IP on your broswer. Setting the router with port forwarding is very easy and you can google the proceedure for your particular router.

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