This is a really interesting one to see. The race for the connected home is hot, very hot. Who owns it and why is regularly debated.
From throwing a few IOT devices into your house, to full end to end propositions from the likes of NEOS.
Whilst I'm a huge fan, and truly believe that Value Added Services is the way to go, who will win is still to be determined. There are so many hubs and platforms out there, the interoperability is key - and to be candid. Today, it's aimed at a small group and too difficult to make work.
NEOS have done a great job in starting here in my view.
I was not really surprised to see this from Lowes - I have not tried their kit in person, but I'm pretty sure what the smart home world doesn't need right now, is another Hub...
The race here is still wide open.
“After carefully evaluating a range of options, the decision was made to shut down the Iris platform once it was determined that none of the alternatives would allow Iris to continue to deliver the experience our customers have come to expect of us.,” A Lowe’s spokesperson told Digital Trends. “Lowe’s remains committed to carrying the breadth and depth of smart home products and brands to meet our customers’ needs now and in the future.”