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Lutron Brings IoT Strategy to Light on Heroku
Lighting company delivers mobile-ready home automation solution.
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Lutron, a global leader in lighting control, developed the Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge, which allows users to turn lights on or adjust shades from anywhere in the world. On vacation and want to make sure your house looks lived in? Flip on the lights and move the shades with the Lutron mobile app, powered by Heroku. You can even schedule your lights and shades based on time of day. The Smart Bridge can connect up to 50 wireless Lutron smart devices — dimmers and shades — to the Lutron mobile app for convenient control from your tablet or other mobile device.
The challenge: reach more consumers with a better solution
Lutron’s previous connected home solutions had been built on proprietary remote access technology, which were more costly to develop, deploy, and manage. In order make connected home solutions more accessible to general consumers, and to provide a superior, real-time experience through a smartphone or tablet app, Lutron turned to LogMeIn and Heroku.
The solution: faster, lower-cost development with Heroku
The LogMeIn Professional Services team leveraged LogMeIn’s Xively IoT Platform to provide proven and secure data connectivity among people, data, and devices around the globe into the Lutron Smart Bridge. They then built a Node.js application on the Heroku platform to provide remote connectivity into the platform from the Lutron mobile app, enabling consumers to control Lutron devices via the Smart Bridge from any iOS- or Android-based phone or tablet, from anywhere in the world.
This new, non-proprietary remote technology system built on Heroku and Xively accelerated Lutron’s time-to-market by 50 percent. Development was faster and lower cost than before, and these savings could be passed on to the consumer, expanding the markets that Lutron could enter. Meanwhile they continued delivering a high-quality user experience for a product that can be set up in a few minutes, and controlled from the palm of your hand.
We went from concept to field-ready product twice as fast as normal. Development was faster and lower cost from before, and these savings could be passed on to the consumer, expanding the markets that Lutron could enter.
Matt Swatsky, Product Manager, Caséta Wireless, Lutron
Bringing Lutron’s smart lights and shades to the cloud was a natural step for Lutron. In a customer-centered world, companies need to innovate to deliver new and engaging experiences for their users, and Lutron has raised the bar with this new offering.
App experience: controlling your lights with the tap of a finger
The Lutron app controls Lutron dimmers, shades and Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostats both individually as well as via scheduled events that make changes automatically. Simply tap the light that you want to turn on or off or shade you want to open or close. You can create custom “scenes” that allow you to turn off all lights and close all shades when you leave the house with the tap of a button in the App. You can even create a “scene” that turns lights on automatically at sunset and turns them off at midnight to add security and comfort to your home.