NESS MEZZO security and automation solution, Security 2015 Expo’s Best New Product winner, should be available to the trade in Q4.
According to Ness’ Elian Circosta, the hardware is ready, and a large team of app writers is finishing the app software.
“We envisage a starter kit incorporating PIRs and smart switches but have not finalised that yet. We are also speaking to monitoring stations to ensure MEZZO’s direct 3G and IP communications paths are catered for.”
According to Circosta, MEZZO will be built in Australia on Ness’ local production line – he says the company has more than enough capacity to take care of the Australian market.
“Frankly, we did not expect the positive response we got at Security 2015 – at that point we had not fully examined our route to market,” Circosta explains. “We were not certain what the reaction of the average installer would be to Mezzo, given its lateral functionality and automation capability. But everybody just kept asking when they could have it.”
According to Naz Circosta, the biggest surprise was not the reaction of installers but of integrators.
“The top end of the market, the integrators – people who have been buying our M1 and are installing C-BUS solutions into high end homes – are saying “this is true automation, this is what we want” and that shocked us,” he said. “We thought Mezzo would not appeal to them but it does – it’s cost effective, you could just do automation and nothing more and it would still be an attractive proposition.”
Mezzo is a smart home controller that combines spread spectrum wireless, Z-wave and IP technologies to handle multiple security and automation, energy management, intercom, CCTV and medical alarms and reporting into one battery-backed wireless control unit.
Expansion is considerable – Mezzo accepts 128 Ness 2-way wireless security devices, 247 Z-Wave devices, 8 vuHoo cameras and a uHoo intercom – the intercom and CCTV components, along with all other functions, are managed separately in MEZZO App via a dedicated WiFi router and a backup 3G path. Spread spectrum gives secure 2-way radio protocol between the hub and wireless security devices. ♦