Lowes has announced that its smart home platform Iris is shutting down. All Iris devices will work until March 31st, 2019. After that date, the Iris app and services will be discontinued. Before that date, Iris owners can redeem a prepaid Visa card through the Iris app or on the website. Customers are urged not to bring their Iris connected devices back to the store, unless they are within Lowe’s 90 day return policy. Iris users won’t be charged for any Iris services that they use after January 31, 2019, even if they have already received their redemption cards.
To replace Iris, Lowes plans to release an Open Source Smart Home software named “Arcus,” the Roman name for Iris, a Greek God. Arcus will essentially take the software from Iris and make it available to third party developers. It will be in the public domain as soon as the code is reviewed, and more details will be available in the next few weeks.
Before its closing, Iris offered a DIY security system that included indoor and outdoor cameras, care pendants, contact and motion sensors, keypads, panic buttons, plugs, and more. Iris also offered environmental monitoring such as smoke detectors and water heat controllers, as well as smart lights, switches, and plugs. Only last May Iris announced they were teaming up with United Central Control to offer 24/7 professional monitoring with their Iris security systems, which started at $99.
Iris is not the only smart security company to shut down recently. Last month, Lighthouse closed its doors after not receiving the amount of sales they needed to sustain themselves. Unlike Iris, the Lighthouse AI was in the higher-range of pricing at about $300. These companies are no doubt being overshadowed by companies owned by Amazon or Google, like Blink, Ring, and Nest.
“On behalf of the entire Iris team, we want to thank you for allowing us to be a part of your lives and for the opportunity to make your home smarter and safer. We hope we made you feel more connected to your home,”
wrote the Iris team on their website.