Smart Home Leader Nexia™ Home Intelligence Expands Offering with Support for Rachio Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller

Intelligent irrigation controller helps users maintain landscape efficiently and remotely with minimum amount of water

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Sep 10, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Smart home technology leader Nexia™ Home Intelligence, a brand of Ingersoll Rand IR, +0.06% and Rachio, maker of the Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller, announced new compatibility that combines Iro's smart-sensing irrigation technology with the convenience and flexibility of the Nexia home automation system and all-in-one app.


Nexia's custom-developed compatibility with the Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller brings an important new outdoor irrigation management and conservation capability to Nexia users. Using modern irrigation techniques and real-time intelligence on the weather, zone type, regional characteristics and seasonality, Iro's sensors and software automatically calculate the optimal watering schedule with just the right amount of water necessary to maintain a healthy landscape, reducing outdoor water usage by 30 percent on average.

"Homeowners should be able to manage their water consumption as easily as they control their television," said Brian Ewing, Rachio vice president of sales. "By partnering with Nexia, our marketplace has expanded considerably, making it easier than ever to integrate our smart sprinkler controller into smart homes. And with water conservation an escalating issue, we can further help consumers protect one of our most precious resources while maintaining their beautiful landscape."


Now fully-integrated with Nexia, the Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller can connect seamlessly with hundreds of compatible products for endless combinations of smart home functionality - all of which can be managed through a single Nexia app. Nexia users can also turn their irrigation on and off remotely from their smartphone and incorporate Iro into their Nexia automations or modes for added control and customization over their smart home environment.

The Rachio Iro is the newest addition to a growing ecosystem of Nexia-certified products, which have passed Nexia's rigorous testing for advanced integration to ensure a streamlined user experience.

"We're pleased to expand Nexia's capabilities and support the brilliant Rachio Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller, giving our users yet another way to save money and resources and keep their home running most efficiently," said George Land, director of Nexia™ Home Intelligence. "We already provide users more ways than ever to monitor and control their home from anywhere in the world - now we're extending that reliability and flexibility to the yard."

Rachio Iro's cloud-based software can be managed from any WiFi-enabled iOS or Android device. The eight-zone Iro retails for $249 while the 16-zone Iro retails for $299. Both systems are WaterSense certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and eligible for rebates nationwide.

For more information, visit www.rachio.com.

View the full line-up of Nexia-compatible products at www.nexiahome.com/compatible-products/.

About Ingersoll Rand

Ingersoll Rand IR, +0.06% advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands — including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane® — work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a $13 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com.

About Nexia Home Intelligence

Nexia Home Intelligence is a leading home automation system and a brand of Ingersoll Rand IR, +0.06% Powered by secure Z-Wave technology, Nexia Home Intelligence allows users to expand their systems with hundreds of devices from some of the nation's top manufacturers - including Schlage, General Electric, Andersen and Pella - to create a truly smart home that adjusts to busy lives. For more information, visit www.nexiahome.com.

About Rachio

Rachio is a Denver-based software and hardware company focused on improving the water efficiency of homes. Rachio makes the best-selling intelligent sprinkler controller called Iro. The Rachio Iro controller enables you to control your outdoor sprinkler system from the palm of your hand, using a WiFi-enabled iOS or Android device. Simply connect to Rachio's cloud-based software and manage your sprinkler system from anywhere. Installation takes less than 30 minutes. Iro owners on average use 30% less water than without Rachio Iro. For more information on Rachio, visit www.rachio.com.

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