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British Gas product launch makes the connected home a reality

British Gas has launched its next generation Hive Active Heating™, a range of new app features, and a family of complementary Hive products, cementing its place as the UK’s leading connected home technology provider.

  • The products make it easy for people to control appliances and lights remotely, and be alerted to motion in their home from the Hive smartphone app
  • Launch follows acquisition of internet of things company AlertMe in February

British Gas has today made the connected home a reality, announcing five products that can be controlled remotely via a phone, tablet or laptop.

Hive Active Heating™ 2

Hive Active Heating™ launched in 2013 to enable people to control their heating and hot water from their mobile, tablet or laptop. Over 200,000 people are already using the award-winning product, which comes with installation by one of British Gas’ 10,000 engineers included – though you don’t need to be a British Gas customer to buy it.

New Hive thermostat

Hive Active Heating™ 2, launched today, includes an industrially redesigned thermostat by design entrepreneurYves Béhar. It features:

  • Heating boost for up to six hours
  • More heating and hot water schedule flexibility
  • A holiday mode setting
  • An intuitive LED display with on-screen guide
  • Multi-zone compatibility
  • Coloured thermostat  frames to suit any home decor

Existing Hive Active Heating™ customers will benefit from new features in an updated version of the app and online dashboard. Customers buying Hive Active Heating™ 2 from 15th July 2015 will also be able to access the additional features on the new thermostat.

Family of Hive products

In Autumn, British Gas will introduce a family of complementary products to give people new ways to control their home through the Hive app. 

  • Hive Active Plugs™ give you greater control over your energy use by allowing you to switch devices on and off from wherever you are, and set schedules. So when you’ve left home in a hurry, you can check on your phone or tablet whether you remembered to switch your hair straighteners, iron or entertainment system off, switch them off, and not waste energy.
  • Hive Motion Sensors™ enable you to detect motion in your home when you’re not there. For those times when your home’s empty, like when you’re off on holiday, you’ll get an alert if motion’s picked up. Or if you’re expecting someone to arrive home when you’re not there, you know they’re there safely.
  • Hive Window and Door Sensors™ are wireless contact sensors which can be fitted to windows and doors and will notify you if they are open or closed. This means you can check that you’ve shut everything after you’ve left home, like when you’re in a cab headed for the airport.  
  • Hive Active Lights™ enable you to turn lights on or off in your home from wherever you are. They’re ideal for giving the impression of an occupied home when you’re not there or for reducing energy waste when you’ve forgotten to switch the hallway light off.

Nina Bhatia, Commercial Director of British Gas, said: “When British Gas established Hive in 2013, we set out to build a leadership position in the connected homes market. We started with Hive Active Heating™ to give people easier ways to control their heating and hot water.

“Today we’ve fulfilled our promise by launching five products that help people control their entire homes  – not just their energy – from the palm of their hands. We’re making the connected home an easy and accessible reality by bringing the whole system to people from one, trusted provider. We’re the only UK company to deliver the complete connected home experience to our customers – from product development to delivery, installation, and ongoing support.

“But this is just the beginning. British Gas has been innovating for 200 years and we’re not about to stop. As our customers’ needs change, we’ll continue to maximise technology to help make their lives easier.”

All the products are underpinned by the technology platform acquired as part of British Gas’ purchase of AlertMe in February.

Visit hivehome.com for more information.

 

ENDS


1. Plumbed multi-zone (wet central heating systems) will enable customers to control multiple plumbed heated zones in their home, like upstairs and downstairs. Plumbed multi-zone will enable Hive Active Heating™ customers to control up to three heating zones through one Hive app. To use plumbed multi-zone, customers will need to have existing separate plumbed zones, each with its own Hive thermostat and receiver.

2. Hive has introduced a range of coloured thermostat frames in popular Dulux colours to surround the mirrored thermostat, to fit any room and interior style. The frames will be available to purchase on hivehome.com. 

 

Notes to editors

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

For more information, images or to arrange an interview, please contact hiveteam@bluerubicon.com / 020 7260 2700.

Visit www.facebook.com/Hive on Facebook, @hivehome on Twitter or Instagram, or search #HiveHome to discover more.

About Hive Active Heating™

Hive Active Heating™ is the first product from Hive, a British Gas innovation – the brand focused on delivering products and services that help people have more control over their homes. Hive Active Heating™ lets people control their heating and hot water via their mobile, tablet and laptop.  Of existing customers:

  • 61% say they used Hive at least once a day last winter
  • 92% say they’ve recommended it to a friend or family member
  • 98% feel more in control of their heating that ever before

Launched in October 2013 there are now more than 200,000 households across the UK using the multi-award winning product. Only Hive Active Heating™ comes with installation included by a British Gas engineer. It’s available to buy at hivehome.com, britishgas.co.uk, Amazon, John Lewis, Maplin, Very, Littlewoods, Argos, Apple stores and selected Currys/PC World stores.

You don’t need to be a British Gas customer to have Hive Active Heating™, it works no matter who supplies your energy.

Hive Active Heating™ 2 is available to buy online from 15th July 2015, with installation taking place from August 2015.

New Hive customers: £249 including installation

Existing Hive customers: £99 to upgrade to the new thermostat (for a limited period) 

Discover more at hivehome.com.

About Hive Active Heating™ plumbed multi-zone compatibility

Plumbed multi-zone will enable customers to control multiple plumbed heating zones in their home from their mobile, tablet or laptop anywhere, anytime. It will enable Hive Active Heating™ customers to control up to three heating zones through one Hive app from Autumn 2015. For simplicity, customers can also name the different zones in their app.

Pricing details are to be confirmed.

Register your interest in finding out more at hivehome.com.

About Hive Active Plugs™

Hive Active Plugs™ let people control appliances via their mobile, tablet and laptop, and work seamlessly with the Hive home hub and app.

Hive Active Plugs™ will be available to buy from Autumn 2015. They are self-install, and pricing details are to be confirmed.

Register your interest in finding out more at hivehome.com.

About Hive Motion Sensors™

Hive Motion Sensors™ are wireless passive infra-red (PIR) motion sensors that will detect motion in a space. People can be notified of any motion remotely via their mobile, tablet and laptop as Hive Motion Sensors™ work seamlessly with the Hive home hub and app.

Hive Motion Sensors™ and the Hive home hub are self-install and will be available to buy from Autumn 2015. They are self-install, and pricing details are to be confirmed.

Register your interest in finding out more at hivehome.com.

About Hive Window and Door Sensors™

Hive Window and Door Sensors™ are wireless contact sensors that can be fitted to windows and doors. People can choose to be notified if these are open or closed via their mobile, tablet and laptop as Hive Window and Door Sensors™ work seamlessly with the hive home hub and app.

Hive Window and Door Sensors™ and the Hive home hub are self-install and will be available to buy from Autumn 2015. They are self-install, and pricing details are to be confirmed.

Register your interest in finding out more at hivehome.com.

About Hive Active Lights™

Hive Active Lights™ are light bulbs that will let people control their lights via their mobile, tablet and laptop, and work seamlessly with the Hive home hub and app.

Available to buy from Autumn 2015, Hive Active Lights™ are self-install and pricing details are to be confirmed.

About British Gas

British Gas is Britain’s leading energy and home services provider, serving around 11 million homes – nearly half the country's homes – as well as providing energy to around half a million British businesses. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality home services expertise in the country. Find out more at www.britishgas.co.uk.

About Hive

Hive is a British Gas Innovation and has been created by a British Gas business unit called Connected Homes. Hive created its first product, Hive Active Heating™, in 2013 to let people control their heating and hot water from their mobile, tablet and laptop. Over 200,000 people in the UK now use Hive Active Heating™, making it the UK’s leading connected thermostat. Hive aims to give people new ways to have the control they want for their homes through connected technology, creating a little magic in the everyday along the way.


3. Existing Hive Active Heating customers will not be required to upgrade if they don’t want to; the original thermostat will continue to work, with new features available via an updated version of the app and online dashboard. British Gas Remote Heating Control customers can also choose to upgrade for access to new Hive features on the app, online dashboard and thermostat

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