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Honeywell's smart Lyric security system lets you tell it what to do

Steve Dent, @stevetdent
January 6, 2015
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After Nest's thermostat seemingly caught it off guard, Honeywell came back solidly with its own snappy-looking Lyric thermostat. Now the home control veteran is trying to build some more momentum with the launch of its second Lyric product: a "professional grade" home security system. It includes cameras, plus intruder, motion and smoke detectors, all managed by a touchscreen controller. The system accepts voice commands, which can trigger events like turning off the alarm, while simultaneously switching on the lights and turning up the heat. Honeywell says the system will also use your smartphone location and products like smart lights and locks to give you a wide range of automated scenarios.

Some of those include locking up the house and turning of the lights with a simple voice command or turning on the thermostat when the system senses you're coming home. It'll also monitor the inside and outside of your house, and contact the security-monitoring service of your choice if there's a problem. No word yet on price or availability, but given that Honeywell is throwing around the words "professional grade," we wouldn't count on it being D-Link cheap.

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