B.One Hub Australian Launch: Everything You Need To Know
- 07 September, 2017 01:37
It’s far too often the case that Australian customers get the most exciting tech products weeks or months after the rest of the world - and often even then at an inflated price. So when a company announces they’re going to be doing the exact opposite, we sit up and pay attention.
This week, the Accumulus Energy Group (AEC) revealed they’ll be bringing Blaze Automation’s B.One Hub and smart home product range to Australia first.
Here’s what you need to know:
What is the B.One Hub?
Basically, if you’ve recently dipped your toes into the world of smart home automation with the launch of Google Home, the B.One Hub is the next step you’ll want to really bring the rest of your home online.
“We are thrilled that Australia is leading the world into the next phase of home automation with the launch of the B.One Hub. In a B.One Smart Home or Office, automation goes far beyond turning things on and off” said Anup Raghavan, CEO, Accumulus Energy Group.
According to Anup, “The Hub is an intelligent partner that helps you gain insights into your home, slash power bills, manage your comfort, take charge of your home security and even chat with your home through voice-guided automation in real time.”
Courtesy of a dedicated chipset and AEC’s own proprietary algorithms and app, it’ll not only provide an easy-to-understand action-driven interface for controlling your smart home but also provide key insights. For example, it can track and highlight what devices in your home are drawing the most electricity and contributing the most to your monthly bill.
It’s a smart automation solution that doesn’t just promise to work with just about any newly-released smart appliance out there but also plenty of older ones.
What’s so special about it?
The key to the value of the B.One Hub is its versatility. While smart-speakers like Amazon Alexa and Google Home can interface with an impressive number of smart devices, they’ve got nothing on the B.One’s almost-exhaustive level of compatibility.
As well as supporting Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz) and GSM/GRPS connectivity, the B.One Hub supports Z-wave, 433 MHz RF, IR Receiver, IR blasters, C- Bus, Profibus, Dali, Lonworks and KNX.
There’s even a Wi-Fi-to-infrared converter, allowing the Hub to act as a universal remote control for many “dumber” devices like air conditioners or heaters.
It’s also got the edge on the competition when it comes to security, boasting an extra level of protection provided through a GSM or GPRS sim card. Should your router or home lose power, the B.One Hub switches over to its own 24-hour backup battery and sim card in order to ensure uninterrupted connectivity.
What does it work with?
The B.One Hub supports over 60 devices and all prominent Wireless Protocol standards.
In addition, Blaze Automation say they are “rapidly increasing the ecosystem of compatible products and aiming at reaching over 200 devices by mid 2017.”
Why should I buy one if I’ve already got a Google Home?
This is a great question. However, it doesn't actually replace your existing Google Home or Amazon Alexa so much as augment the automation potential they offer.
if you’re serious about making your home smarter, odds are you’ve already run into some compatibility or connectivity issues and the B.One Hub may well be the answer to that. Just make sure to do your research first.
At launch, the B.One Hub will be able to interface with and communicate with Amazon’s Alexa and shortly thereafter will be able to do the same with Google Home.
Another point of difference worth considering is that while automation solutions like IFTTT allow for single-action triggers, the B.One app allows for multiple and more-complex networks of actions.
How much will it cost?
The B.One Hub retails for AUD $650. There’s also a Home Starter Kit (with one Hub, two smart sensors and two motion sensors) which will retail for AUD $1250.
As a potential further caveat, Blaze Automation recommend that a B.One setup be installed by a certified installer.
They estimate that the total cost for a fully installed Home Starter Kit will be about AUD $1500.
Where can I buy it?
B.One Hub is currently being sold exclusively by a select local distributors, who can be contacted via B1Hub.com.au/ContactUs or 1800 180 810.