SOURCE: Zonoff and Staples
FRAMINGHAM, MA and MALVERN, PA--(Marketwired - Jan 7, 2014) - On the heels of the successful launch of the Staples Connect platform in stores and online, Staples and Zonoff today announce an aggressive expansion of the program, including new ecosystem device partners, support for additional wireless protocols, and the opening of a Manhattan in-store display. Industry leaders in both new and existing categories have recognized the excitement around Staples Connect and have agreed to actively integrate and promote the system.
Companies announcing support for the 2014 expansion of the Staples/Zonoff ecosystem include Kwikset, Netgear, Radio Thermostat, Centralite, Withings, Waxman, Goji, Koubachi, and Rachio.
These join existing partners already available in Staples stores or online at Staples.com including Lutron, Philips, Linksys, Honeywell, First Alert, Yale, GE, D-Link, Cooper, Leviton, Schlage, Ecolink, Aeotech, Ivee and Doorbot.
The Staples Connect platform is also planning to expand support for ZigBee, Bluetooth and Insteon based products, which will join Z-Wave, Lutron ClearConnect and Wi-Fi as radios/protocols supported. Staples is also announcing a new Staples Connect in-store display in Manhattan, located at 2248 Broadway.
"Staples Connect is already the most aggressive and interactive retail initiative to bring the connected home and office to the mainstream consumer," said Peter Gerstberger, Director, Technology Merchandise, New Business Development, Staples. "We look forward to continuing to expand the device support and system capabilities over the coming weeks and months."
"We envision a home in which open standards like WiFi, Z-Wave, ZigBee, Bluetooth and others work seamlessly alongside traditionally proprietary standards like Lutron's Clear Connect," said Zonoff CEO Mike Harris. "Zonoff's unique approach creates a single point of control for the customer while respecting, and leveraging, the individual brand experiences within the broader ecosystem."
Zonoff will be demonstrating the Staples Connect system at a private suite in the Las Vegas Hotel at the Consumer Electronics Show from January 7-10, 2014, and additional ecosystem partners will be announced throughout 2014. Device makers or web service vendors interested in becoming partners or scheduling a private meeting at CES should contact email@example.com.
Zonoff is the technology that connects the Internet of Things to everyone. As the "brains" of the Connected Home, Zonoff provides a comprehensive software platform that enables partners such as electronic device makers, service providers and retailers to deliver new products and services to the consumer mass market. The Zonoff Connected Home Platform consists of Home, Cloud, and App software and powers everything from entry level point solutions to comprehensive home automation, remote control, energy management, and safety monitoring. Zonoff also provides ongoing revenue opportunities for its channel partners as consumers expand and upgrade their home. For more information, visit www.Zonoff.com or follow via Twitter @ZonoffInc.
Staples is the world's largest office products company and second largest internet retailer. For 27 years, Staples has served the needs of business customers and its vision is to provide every product businesses need to succeed. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples offers office supplies, technology products and services, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, copy and print services and a wide range of other product categories. With thousands of associates worldwide dedicated to making it easy for businesses of all sizes, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.