April 2018: Total Connect 2.0 UpdatesPosted By Michael Goris
During ISC West 2018, Honeywell announced some important updates to their Total Connect 2.0 interactive service. These updates are expected to enhance the end user experience and improve the overall functionality of the service. This is excellent news for Honeywell users, as the interactive platform used with their panels is now more robust and capable than ever before. Let's check out some of the new features available from Total Connect 2.0.
WIFI Automation for VISTA without VAM or Tuxedo Touch
The Honeywell AlarmNet 360 division is currently developing an option for VISTA users to add WIFI automation devices to their Total Connect account without having to use a Vista Automation Module (VAM) or a Tuxedo Touch Keypad. This will provide VISTA users with greater flexibility in using devices such as WIFI thermostats and door locks with Total Connect. However, a VAM or Tuxedo Touch is still needed for a VISTA to use any Z-Wave devices. Honeywell has opened up Total Connect to cloud level integrations like Total Connect Comfort WIFI thermostats and August door locks. These are types of products that will be supported without the need for a VAM or Tuxedo after this feature is released.
Total Connect 2.0 Skill for Amazon Alexa
The Total Connect 2.0 Skill for Amazon Alexa is now available. This allows a user to operate their Honeywell Alarm System using voice commands with an Amazon Alexa device. Users can arm their system and check the current status of their system with some quick and easy voice commands. The Total Connect 2.0 Skill is available for free download through the Amazon Alexa App. To get started, access the Alexa App, locate the Total Connect 2.0 Skill, click enable, and link your Total Connect account.
Total Connect Garage Door Support
Honeywell will soon be adding support for both Chamberlain and LiftMaster MyQ Garage Door. Users will be able to access Total Connect to operate these brands of smart garage door controllers. By using the Total Connect Mobile App, these devices can be controlled remotely, and users can have any open and close alerts sent to their phone. Keep an eye out for more information regarding these upcoming integrations.
Multi-Partition Support for Total Connect
The much-anticipated multi-partition support for VISTA Systems from Total Connect will soon be made available! This feature will provide support for up to eight different VISTA partitions (depending on what the panel supports) that can be controlled from any web browser or through the Total Connect 2.0 Mobile App. This will provide enhanced usability for VISTA owners who use multiple partitions with their system. Up until now, VISTA alarm owners were limited to partition one for status, control and notifications. Although Alarm Grid operates a workaround solution, this native update will open up full integration to every partition on your alarm system. If you are interested in the beta, Honeywell has invited end users to join the excitement.
Check out some screenshots from our beta account below to scope out the new user interface:
New Language Support
Total Connect 2.0 will soon support language options for French Canadian, Latin American Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. These language options will soon be available for the Total Connect Mobile App, as well as the web browser version of Total Connect 2.0. Honeywell has also promised general improvements and various bug fixes to Total Connect 2.0 as well.
SkyBell Menu Improvements
Honeywell is planning on integrating the SkyBell section of the Total Connect 2.0 Mobile App with the Cameras tab. To view any security cameras, including the SkyBell DoorBell Camera, simply select the Cameras option on the menu bar. This will improve the end user experience by offering a single video interface, and it will make the menus easier to navigate by having fewer icons overall.