UK Home Energy Management (HEM) company AlertMe has announced a commercial partnership with US home improvement retailer Lowe’s. Based on AlertMe’s Smart Home platform and home hub, the partnership will deliver a cloud based home management system in North America. The service, called Iris, will enables users to monitor and control their home using their smartphone or computer.
Iris will be introduced in the second quarter of 2012 in stores and online, starting with energy and home management applications such as thermostats, smart plugs, lighting, door locks, motion sensors,etc. Lowe’s plans to extend Iris into areas such as smart appliances, vehicles, garden, and remote second-property management.
This looks like a great win for AlertMe, given that Lowe’s is apparently the second largest home improvement company in the world with 1,750 stores, nearly $50bn in annual revenues and 15 million weekly shoppers.
Just last May the company announced a new Chairman, Ron Mackintosh, ex head of CSC in Europe and said it was gearing up for expansion in the UK and the Americas. It certainly seems to have made good progress, perhaps helped by the withdrawal of Microsoft’s Hohm and Google’s PowerMeter from the market.