As reported by Livingwithiris, a new Iris Smart Meter Link USB dongle has silently appeared on the Lowes website under the Home Automation & Security products category. With little information on the Lowes site, any idea of what this device actually does is pure speculation, but it’s clear it has something to do with a smart electric meter. If you have tried to purchase the existing Blue Line Meter Reader recently, you have undoubtedly been frustrated by its’ lack of availability. The new smart meter accessory adds an interesting twist and may likely be an eventual replacement for it.
With Smart Meters beginning to take off in the United States, a device that can interface directly with them would be a logical addition to the Iris lineup. According to Lowes.com this device will…
- Customize your home with a smart home system
- Connect security, energy and temperature devices
- Create custom use scenarios by adding as many devices as you need
Our investigation beneath the hood of the Iris iOS App has revealed a handful of icons for yet-to-be released devices, ranging from pet doors to ceiling fan controllers. In this instance we found an icon labeled “SE Electric Meter” which has a clearly distinct design from the Blue Line Electric Meter icon. The image on the left compares each of the electric meter accessory icons that we found within the iOS app.
We were not able to uncover any additional details about this new accessory within the app, but it looks likely that the 1.7.0 update to added the support for whatever this device actually does. The Iris Smart Meter Link is not yet available for purchase at the odd list price of $70.20. We will post more information as it becomes available.
You stated in your article: ” If you have tried to purchase the existing Blue Line Meter Reader recently, you have undoubtedly been frustrated by its’ lack of availability.” I didn’t have any problem wanting to get the BLI online from LOWE’s but did my research and was able to get both pieces and some extra’s online like eBay for half the price that Lowe’s was offering. I didn’t have 1 issue at all with installing the Meter Reader and it’s pretty much been flawless since, thou it would be nice to see Lowe’s fix all their bugs first and make the system rock solid before added new devices, as this appears to be the start of new issues when they bring new accessories on board. Granted we know this is a new thing for Lowe’s and we are here to pretty much be Beta Testers sometimes for these issues, it’s a system that shows so much more promise then anything else out there on the market.