Bunnings launches connected home platform

27/11/2019

Bunnings recently launched its new ‘Connected Home’ platform in an effort to control curated smart home ecosystems using both Amazon Alexa and Google Home, according to a recent ChannelNews report.

It seems that the home of the sausage sizzle and “prices beaten by 10 per cent” is now having a go at smart home devices via its ‘Grid Connect’ platform, which controls all devices sold by the Big Box.

There is now an entire online section devoted to Bunnings’ smart home offering with every single product controllable through the “Grid Connect’ app which is available on both iOS and Android. The Grid Connect platform aims to connect every smart home product sold by Bunnings to the same companion app, according to the ChannelNews report.

The hub less Wi-Fi connected mobile app is also designed for beginners wanting to get started with connecting their home to the internet and controlling their household with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

The platform comes just a few months after Bunnings first began stocking home automation products, with its first brand offerings being Philips, Sengled, Google Home Mini, LIFX and Wiz, putting pressure on traditional consumer electronics retailers like JB Hi-FI and Harvey Norman.

It seems that the IKEA Home app currently represents the only other competition to Bunnings, though it is currently only compatible with IKEA smart products.