The range also includes a smart power switch, which can report power consumption, and control loads up to 3.5 kW. It leeches power for its Bluetooth transmitter from the mains electrical supply.
Although it would have made a useful addition to the pack, the need for different plugs for each country would have complicated distribution, so it will be offered separately, Ernoult said. That answer seemed to satisfy potential distributors visiting the Archos stand and didn't stop them inventing scenarios in which the smart switch could be used to detect freezer failures or more widespread power outages, sending an alert to the owner's smartphone via the hub before its battery went flat.
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