Compatible with all future B-hyve Wi-Fi Smart Sprinkler Timers as well as the new B-hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer, customers now have the ability to control these devices through the Apple Home app on their iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch or with their voice using Siri. The HomeKit-enabled outdoor B-hyve Wi-Fi Smart Sprinkler Timer will be available in January 2018.
"Apple HomeKit makes Orbit smart watering even smarter for consumers by giving them more control over their smart home devices," said Stuart Eyring, president of Orbit. "Using the Apple Home app or Siri, users can control their B-hyve products simply and securely from any of their devices, including when away. This exciting update advances our mission to make smart watering a fundamental component of the smart home portfolio."
HomeKit provides a simple and secure way to control HomeKit-enabled accessories using Siri or the Apple Home app. Users have control of basic watering functions like manually operating a zone, turning off a zone that is already watering, switching the timer from auto to off for the season and viewing the next watering. For example, users can find out when the next watering is scheduled by saying, "Hey Siri, when will my sprinklers water next?" Users can also set up automations right in the Home app to have their sprinklers run at specific times, or control them remotely from their iPhone or iPad.
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