I called my local fire marshal to ask what he thought about the Iro/NEST integration:
“Rachio will automatically begin cycling through your sprinkler zones if your Nest Protect detects smoke. It wets down your outdoors and helps
mitigate fire spread to your community.”
His reaction was, " Why would anyone want to do this?" He didn’t think it would mitigate fire spread, then he rattled off a bunch of reasons why it was dangerous:
- It could lower the water pressure that they need to fight the fire.
- It could tangle up their hoses, make things slippery, or cause a tripping hazard.
- It could surprise firefighters or other first responders when they should be focusing on the fire.
- It could cause unexpected steam, which can be very dangerous to firefighters.
I’d give this feature about a -1000. Last thing we need is a neighborhood’s NESTs dropping the water pressure just when the fire department needs it the most. In fact, it’s kind of a poster child for how not to design the Internet of Things.