Eve Systems has announced the Thread-enabled versions of the Eve Energy smart switch, the Eve Weather smart weather station and the Eve Aqua smart water controller for the USA. The new versions increase the number of Eve devices that have been certified by the Thread Group to seven – marking the largest portfolio of Thread devices for Thread-compatible consumers by a smart home brand.
“Intelligent, stylish and proven quality, Eve Energy, with Thread-enabled, is the ultimate accessory for the HomePod mini,” said Jerome Gackel, CEO of Eve Systems. “A handful of Eve Energy, added home in seconds, will cover an ultra-robust, ultra-responsive and ultra-efficient mesh network throughout the house – without the need for a bridge.”
Eve Energy – the essential accessory for HomeKit over Thread
Being a Thread device with main power, which is always on, the new generation Eve Energy USA and Great Britain can take on the essential role of router within a Thread network and can retransmit data packets. The more these routers operate on the network, the more stable and coverage it is. Instead, battery-powered Thread accessories, such as Eve Weather or Eve Aqua (second generation), are endpoints in a Thread network.
Eve Energy will arrive on April 6, 2021, at a price of 39.95 USD / 49.95 USD.
Eve Weather – monitor the microclimate of your home.
Eve Weather presents weather trends at a glance and makes it easy to track local outdoor temperature, humidity and barometric pressure – on the iPhone or directly on the screen. The Eve app aggregates current and past climate data, giving the user weather information at their door. To help you get dressed for the day before you leave, Siri will set the exact outside temperature in the morning. With an elegant and sophisticated design and IPX3 water resistance, Eve Weather offers a truly wireless, energy-efficient operation with support for Bluetooth and Thread.
Eve Weather will be available at a price of $ 69.95 / $ 89.95, starting March 26, 2021.
Eve Aqua – Keep your garden green even while you are away
For automation and remote access, HomeKit accessories require a home hub. If using Bluetooth, it must be within range of the hub, which, depending on the positioning of the hub, can be a challenge for an outdoor device, such as Eve Aqua, Eve’s smart water controller. . With Thread support, this challenge is mitigated by the ability of Thread to transmit much more power and extended range by placing a router-compatible Thread device, such as Eve Energy (4th generation), between Eve Aqua and HomePod mini.
The thread-enabled firmware for Eve Aqua (second generation) will be released in early April.
Thread technology is developed specifically for smart home applications to improve connectivity between accessories. Now, HomeKit products can communicate not only using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, but also using HomeKit over Thread. The big difference with this technology is that Thread creates a mesh network. In this sense, lights, thermostats, sockets, sensors and much more can also talk to each other without the constraint of having to go through a central hub, such as a bridge. That’s because a Thread network doesn’t need one. If only one accessory fails, the data packets are simply transmitted to the next device in the network. In short: A network that is activated by a mini HomePod to talk HomeKit by wire, becomes more robust with each additional accessory.
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