Viconics VT8000: The Perfect Balance Between Simplicity and Sophistication!

ViconicsVT8 The VT8000 Series is nominated for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards Thermostat of the Year and here’s why: There has never been a better hospitality solution with as much flexibility and energy savings features built into one elegant device as the Viconics VT8000.

Innovative control solutions that feature flexibility, easy installation, and optimized comfort. The Viconics VT8000 series offers Energy Saving Occupancy Strategies, Simplified Installation, Customizable Interface, Scalability and Optimization.

Viconics Technologies Inc. headquartered in Montreal, Canada was founded 30 years ago in the field of industrial process controls. Viconics quickly became a leader in embedded micro controller-based technology and later identified a need in the HVAC market sector and developed factory programmed, field-configurable stand-alone PI wall mounted temperature controllers. Over the years Viconics has brought its expertise to the industry, by creating innovative products based upon direct market feedback.

Today, with sales operations in the USA and UK, Viconics has grown its product line to include network-ready and networked communicating wall-mounted temperature controllers based on open industry standard protocols. These include BACnet®, Lontalk® and Wireless Zigbee® as well as power controls for electric heat, sensors, controllers for humidity and other OEM products.

Our corporate growth is driven by innovation and Viconics continues to invest heavily into research and development. This results in the continual development of exciting new products and allows us to provide simplified retrofit-friendly automation solutions today and for years to come

Read Navigant Research’s Leaderboard Report on Smart Thermostats

Steadily overcoming the privacy issues and consumer apathy with waves of Incentives, Regulations, and Smart Marketing, the Smart Grid continues to fuel the Smart Thermostat industry. It makes too much sense for those manufacturers with the know how and resources to wax “green and greedy” and get their piece of this enormous and growing pie. This Navigant Research Leaderboard report reviews the contenders and challengers, with a fresh 30,000 feet view down to the name and numbers level.

Navigant Research’s Assessment of Strategy and Execution for 11 Smart Thermostat Manufacturers. The market for smart thermostats is mainly centered in North America and Western Europe, where deployments of smart grid technologies have helped drive awareness of energy usage and how consumers can leverage new tools, such as advanced thermostats, to help lower costs and consumption. In other regions, smart thermostats have yet to gain much traction. However, as smart grid deployments expand in these other geographies, smart thermostats will gain some ground.

Navigant Research expects steady growth for smart thermostats through 2020, driven by rising energy costs, increased environmental awareness, regulatory pressure to encourage energy efficiency, and more effective marketing programs. In spite of these drivers, certain barriers will keep the market from rapid growth. These include the higher cost of smart thermostats (compared to conventional thermostats), inconclusive data on actual savings, cautious utilities uncertain about how to support deployments, and ineffective marketing campaigns. Still, Navigant Research forecasts that smart thermostats will compose a growing percentage of total thermostats sold globally going forward, reaching 13% of the total by 2020.

This Navigant Research Leaderboard Report examines the strategy and execution of 11 smart thermostat manufacturers that are active in the global smart thermostat market and rates them on 12 criteria. Using Navigant Research’s proprietary Leaderboard methodology, vendors are profiled, rated, and ranked with the goal of providing industry participants with an objective assessment of these companies’ relative strengths and weaknesses in the global smart thermostat market. Honeywell emerged as the sole Leader in this report due to its ability to react to challenger Nest and use its dominant brand to its advantage. Five others, led by Nest, are ranked as Contenders, and five vendors are Challengers.

Top 10 Vendors:
1. Honeywell
2. Nest
3. Trane
4. Carrier
5. ecobee
6. Energate
7. Emerson
8. Computime
9. Radio Thermostat Company of America
10. Venstar

Complete Report

Tim Chamblee Unboxes the Honeywell RedLink Thermostat System

The Honeywell RedLink is much more than a thermostat. Stromquist & Company’s Tim Chamblee shows you all your options from a thermostat on;y configuration to a full blown Redlink system that includes wireless sensors and dehumidification control.

Does Entouch Make The Best Communicating Thermostat ?

With the 2013 ControlTrends Awards Nomination Process in full swing, Entouch Controls offers a lot of power in a small package. Entouch’s James Walton, who is on the ballot for 2013 Best Technical support person, breaks down Entouch’s approach to creating “perfect” thermostat experience. With the ability to monitor electrical inputs, compare loads with equipment and see all this data on a cloud based dashboard, Entouch is much more than a thermostat. Please note that Entouch has rolled out new additions to their product line since the filming of this video. Click here to get a nomination ballot.

Brand New: The Honeywell Talking Thermostat

Just when you thought you had seen everything, Mike Keller and his team of control ninjas at Honeywell, introduce a talking thermostat. Check this video out to see how it works. Our sources tell us the new talking thermostat will be shipping soon.
Stay tuned to ControlTrends for the latest updates on the ‘Talking Tstat”.
It looks like Honeywell just took a big step forward in the “my thermostat is cooler than your thermostat” wars started by those innovative folks at Nest. The big question is how will this new development effect the prestigious ControlTrends 2013 Thermostat of The Year Award?
And yes, that is the Honeywell Talking thermostat you see advertised in the Wall Street Journal!
Let me know what you think in comments.

Nest (Secretariat), Honeywell (Man o’ War), EnTouch (Citation) Viconics (Manuro), and ecobee (Northern Dancer) — And the Winner is?

Clint The tale of the tape has always been used to tell us of the legendary measures and exploits of the great racehorses in history. Now, after two quarters, five thermostat manufacturers are running one of the greatest product races of the last 50 years. At this point, they are almost running neck and neck, and strategic positioning in this third quarter will be critical for the final sprint to the finish line, and ultimately being voted as the 2013 ControlTrends’ Thermostat of the Year. Each contender must rally their communities for both nominations and votes!

The rigorously fierce competition in the thermostat market has evolved into a most beneficial form of “Coopetition” and the relentless and competitive addition of technology to their products has caused the unintended congruence that is growing all of their respective markets. The “do more with less needs of our economy” is witnessing the once round and mercury bulb sentinel evolve into an intelligent information courtier that harnesses the powers of the internet, at an extraordinary low cost, with all necessary bells and whistles consumers expect. [Read more...]

Tim’s Tech Tip: How to Monitor KW with a Thermostat

Can you monitor power consumption and external KW loads with your thermostat? Let Stromquist & Company’s, Tim Chamblee, show you how easily this can be done with the EnTouch Thermostat system.

Stay tuned to ControlTrends for more of Tim’s tech Tips.

Who Makes The Most Tasteful Thermostat For Your Home ?

E.Grace tstatAccording to Evelyn Grace Stromquist, my eight month old daughter, the New Honeywell Prestige Thermostat is not only colorful, it is also very tasty. Evelyn sampled the Honeywell thermostat on a recent visit to Stromquist & Company. In fairness to EnTouch, Ecobee, Nest, Viconics, and all the other great thermostats stocked at Stromquist & Company, Evelyn’s mom put a stop to the thermostat tasting before Evelyn could put them all to the taste test.

Honeywell and Nest: Two Smart Thermostats — Some More of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Clint 2 We thought it fair and appropriate that the last two comments (see below) on this blog string, originally posted June 5, 2012, scores one for Honeywell and one for Nest.

We are really getting excited about the thermostat story again, but it’s not only about the thermostat. The goal is to get smart thermostats on the wall as fast as possible and save energy-grief and money. The utilities need the information from as many residential thermostats as possible, as quickly as possible, and the incentives being offered are real motivation. Both Honeywell and Nest, as well as a few others, are doing a great job enabling the process — and making some smart money while they’re at it. Now that the Department of Energy is ready to go door-to-door and give free energy audits, which will (or should) undoubtedly recommend a smart grid-talking thermostat (with rebate coupon), this thermostat race is just heating up!

But who will connect all the smarts dots the soonest? [Read more...]