In 2005, years before competitors were considering the Internet of Things (IoT) as a tool to improve homes, Eaton Corporation wanted to create a device that would change the way homeowners monitored their homes. Eaton joined forces with MAYA and Ember, a co-developer of the ZigBee wireless standard, to develop one of the world’s first connected home devices.
The result was a first-of-its-kind home-awareness product called Home Heartbeat. Home Heartbeat was a monitoring system equipped with sensors that monitored the status of selected areas in the home using a pocket-sized monitor that could configure the system and send alerts. The system sent alerts to a key FOB or via SMS or email alerts to a homeowner’s s mobile device. Home Heartbeat established Eaton as a forward-looking, industry leader ahead of the pervasive computing curve.