Best Buy for Business to Offer Life|ware-powered Retrofit Package
In a move that CEO Seale Moorer said in a letter to Exceptional Innovation’s current dealer base would help to “significantly increase the mainstream market’s understanding of home automation and digital media systems,” the company has collaborated with Best Buy’s IT installation and product services arm, Best Buy for Business, on a Life|ware-powered, pre-packaged multi-element solution that Best Buy has named ConnectedLife.Home. It is to be made available next month.
The system, according to EI’s vice president of marketing, Mike Seamons, “is about retrofitting older homes with digital lifestyle capability.” At just under $15,000 installed, the Best Buy for Business-fielded system will use Life|ware Version 2.0 and have a number of fixed elements that will include a Windows Vista-based Media Center entertainment console, an XBox 360, 10 light switches with two keypads, a thermostat, two cameras, a home networking kit for high-speed connectivity between rooms, cabling, and one year of EI’s Life|support. For $19.95 a month, consumers can gain remote access to the system’s controls via the Internet.
Seamons explained to Dealerscope that the ConnectedLife.Home moniker is Best Buy’s own brand for this particular package. “They’ve chosen the elements of this bundle -- the different lighting products, the security cameras -- they’ve made all those selections themselves, and this is currently the only retail partner we’re now announcing,” he said. He adds that other dealers can create entirely unique versions of packages – with Media Centers, light switches or thermostats from various manufacturers. “They can add other pieces that are important to them, build a kit all themselves, call it whatever, and it could be totally different. The power of the Life|ware platform,” says Seamons, “is that this time, Best Buy is taking this and making this their own, but it doesn’t stop somebody else among our dealers from doing the exact same thing and making a package that fits their needs like this.