Fibaros newly-launched Home Center Lite is a stripped-down version of its fabulous Home Center 2 smart home gateway that is perfect for users that dont need all the bells and whistles offered by its more expensive brother.
The Z-Wave based smart home system requires a consistent Internet connection: it does not provide offline operation or local storage. It also does not support scripting as the Home Center 2 does, which may disappoint more advanced users that wish to develop additional features.
However, the Polish companys signature elegant design is evident in the Home Center Lite. The sleek and compact unit packs a ton of features through its cloud service, such as logging, geofencing, and complicated rules configuration. The device also features a modular design, which will allow users to attach GSM and battery modules that will allow the system to continue to work even during power or network outages. Both the Home Center 2 and Lite support plugins, developed by Fibaro engineers to support popular third-party devices like Nest thermostats, Sonos speakers, and Philips Hue lights.
Fibaro is also showcasing at CeBIT 2014 its lineup of beautiful multipurpose sensors, including a cat-eye shaped motion, vibration and temperature sensor and a compact smoke and temperature sensor (a CO version is in the works). Fibaros flood sensor also differentiates between cold and hot water, which allows the system to warn users of slippery ice or a fire.