Honeywell Technology Featured in Houston Housing Developments


Honeywell announces it will provide real estate developer Land Tejas Companies its VISTA Internet Connection Module (ICM), 6270 TouchCenter keypad and structured wiring solutions for six housing developments totaling about 12,300 new homes in Houston.

VISTA ICM allows homeowners to integrate and control security with heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) from any Web-enabled PC or mobile device such as a laptop, PDA or cell phone. For example, the technology allows homeowners to arm their security systems via the Internet and remotely preset a temperature to reduce energy consumption when the home is unoccupied. When the homeowner returns and disarms the security system, the HVAC can automatically reset to a desired temperature.

Along with its energy conservation benefits, VISTA ICM can be programmed to send a signal to shut down ventilation airflow during a fire to help stop the spread of smoke.

“We wanted to partner with Honeywell because it has proven itself to be an industry leader in developing technology,” says Al Brende, Land Tejas co-founder. “The VISTA ICM’s ability to conserve energy and allow control of HVAC and security systems over the Internet made it an ideal complement to our progressive standards of built-in technology.”

Homeowners can control their security system functions through a simple interface design on the 6270 TouchCenter keypads. With the keypad, homeowners can access an event log that tells them when the security system has been turned on or off. The log can allow parents to see when their children return home and whether they armed the system afterward. The keypad also includes a built-in message center where users can record and playback messages.

All security system and ICM wires will run from Honeywell’s structured wiring panel, which feature easy-to-read labels for homeowners to determine which wires belong to each system, according to the company. The structured wiring solution will also include a wireless router for a wireless Internet network throughout the home.

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