2Gig Technologies Inc. of Carlsbad., Calif., is gaining market presence with its interactive, all-in-one security/home management system.
Touted as one of the first of its kind, the plastics-intensive, self-contained Go!Control panel has a built-in touch-screen interface in liquid-crystal-display color. The system also has a Z-Wave controller and snap-in GSM (global system for mobile) communications.
The Go!Control panel won recognition as 2011 Security Product of the Year in the 2011 Mark of Excellence awards. The awards are given by the TechHome division of the Consumer Electronics Association. The Arlington, Va.-based association presented the awards March 17 at the division's Electronic House Expo in Orlando, Florida.
Assembly, molding and tooling for the panel are done in Shenzhen, China, by U.S. and Hong Kong companies. Carlsbad-based radio-frequency pioneer Linear LLC assembles the panel. Better Days Industrial Co. Ltd. of the Kowloon region of Hong Kong, makes the tools and injection molds the components.
Chi Mei Corp. of Tainan City, Taiwan, supplies Polylac PA-757 ABS for the console's case top and bottom, faceplate, wall-mounting plate and keypad; two-shot Polylac ABS for the cap; and two-shot Wonderlite-brand polycarbonate for the translucent body.
A user can access the panel through its touch-screen display, a web-enabled phone, the Internet or a personal digital assistant. The user can control lighting and Z-Wave applications, as well as heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment. 2Gig is aligned with the Z-Wave Alliance of Milpitas, Calif., a consortium of more than 160 makers and suppliers of Z-Wave-based wireless control products and services.
The panel offers 48 wireless zones, two hardware zones and up to eight user codes. An integrated, two-way voice feature allows a security service's central station to listen in and talk to the homeowner when a signal is received.
The machine-to-machine division of T-Mobile USA Inc. provides a wireless infrastructure for 2Gig's security products.
In responding to homeowner input, 2Gig intends to develop applications for home health care and energy sustainability and to incorporate the expansion without needing to change the Go!Control panel.
Fifty-one distributor locations in 2Gig's U.S. and Canadian network handle installations of the Go!Control panel and other remote-capable devices such as a passive infrared motion detector and a wireless photoelectric smoke alarm.
Lance Dean and Scott Simon formed 2Gig in 2007 in Utah, initially in Orem and then in Lehi, Utah. Both had experience with Honeywell International Inc.'s automation and control solutions segment.
The panel retails for $185.