RDY2000 – A Big Time Thermostat for Small Businesses

rdy2000Say hello to the new thermostat that has big time features for small business solutions.  The Siemens RDY2000 controls more than just temperature. With ventilation, economizer, and humidification interfaces, the RDY2000 can quickly and economically solve the needs of small business customers. From coffee shops to machine shops, the RDY2000 provides the flexibility to optimize room comfort while reducing energy consumption.

The RDY2000 can do the work of several thermostats. Proving its versatility, this thermostat can control conventional systems with up to three stages of heating and three stages of cooling, as well as heat pumps with up to two compressors and up to two stages of auxiliary heat. Perfect for commercial HVAC equipment, the RDY2000 features outputs that control humidification/dehumidification equipment, maintain indoor air quality with optional CO2 sensor, maximize energy savings with interface to economizer controls, and interface with lighting systems based on business day schedule to reduce operating costs.  The unit puts advanced HVAC control strategies within reach of small businesses, without the cost of a Building Automation System.  The “brains” behind its beauty allow businesses to use the onboard temperature and humidity sensors or optional external sensors (up to four) to create a customized, yet affordable solution.

Honeywell’s Lyric Thermostat — Comfort Made Simple. Honeywell Regains Round High Ground!

lyricIntroducing the Lyric thermostat from Honeywell. The next generation of smart technology from the company that invented The Round thermostat. No learning curve, no rigid scheduling—just comfort and control.

The Lyric thermostat is among the most compatible on the market. There’s no power wire required, so will it be compatible with your home’s heating and cooling system? We’re pretty sure.

Stay Connected. Lyric was designed with your dynamic schedule in mind. We moved the thermostat controls to your smart device, so you stay connected no matter where the day takes you. Coming soon!

Openness and Connectivity are not the Same Thing: Stacey Higginbotham’s “A Tale of Two Thermostats”

Thanks to Marc Petock for bringing this article from Gigaom’s Stacey Higginbotham’s to the ControlTrends Community’s attention. Not only does Stacey share some updated information and insight into the Ecobee and Nest thermostats, but she explains that openness and connectivity are not the same thing. These are two trends we are following very carefully. Are openness and connectivity traveling the same route of the VHS versus Beta video format war? Another must read is Stacey’s “United States of Connectedness: What works for the Internet of things.

A tale of two thermostats: What Nest and Ecobee teach us about connected thermostats. By Stacey Higginbotham. Summary: Connected devices need to connect to more than just the internet, they need to connect to each other. And while an open API can help, popularity is more likely to result in that next level of connectivity.

ecobeeEcobee smart thermostat: Ecobee has sold a little less than 500,000 connected thermostats since its founding in 2007 according to its CEO Stuart Lombard. The Canadian company’s thermostats ar connected, use algorithms that can help you save on your monthly utility bills and have open APIs. The company itself has a vision of the future that involves more sensors and smarter computers in the cloud, not necessarily on the wall. You probably haven’t heard of it.

Nest_FeatureOn the other hand is Nest, a newer maker of connected thermostats and a company that everyone aspires to be like when it comes to the connected home. While there are no definite numbers available, the company, which was purchased by Google in February for $3.2 billion, has sold an estimated 1 million thermostats. They are beautiful blue half circles easily noticed on the walls of people’s homes. They are connected via multiple radios, learn about your habits and adjust your temperature accordingly. You probably know it exists, even if you don’t care at all about the internet of things.

In pondering these two devices you can learn a lot about the internet of things and how consumers will gravitate to connected products and services. The Nest has three attributes that the average thermostat doesn’t: it’s connected, it learns and it’s beautiful. And the combination of added functionality and the cool factor are what has helped it become the standard of success for the internet of things. The learning is important to delivering a good experience, but it’s not something most consumers care about.

What has surprised me though is that most consumers don’t care about openness. I purchased an Ecobee last summer over the Nest because I’m obsessed with open APIs and the ability to tie my gadgets together. In fact, all the way back in 2012 when thinking about the criteria I have for whether or not to shell out money for a connected device the size of the ecosystem was one of my three criteria. What I didn’t count on or think about what that openness does not always equate to the size or quality of a devices’ ecosystem.

Nest: So while not open, the Nest is supported by an array of connected device platforms in an ad hoc manner, while those same companies (and others) wait for the official API. Meanwhile, the Ecobee open API and support languishes. I’ve literally been waiting months for SmartThings to deliver on the Ecobee support (it first said it would support Ecobee back in July). Meanwhile, Lombard explains that Ecobee would love to integrate with If This Then That, but that the platform is focused on more popular products that have a large number of users.

That makes sense. Integrating an API isn’t as simple as dropping some code into an app when it comes to controlling connected devices. And with more and more connected devices launching every day figuring out where to focus integration efforts is a challenge for companies that are trying to build bridges across different devices and home automation products. So I’m stuck clutching my one of 500,000 Ecobees hoping that in its next iteration, or after the Nest acquisition, that it gains enough mind share with consumers and developers to make it worth supporting.

And in the meantime I’m reminded that alone, my connected thermostat is cool and adds more convenience to my life, but that it’s going to take the existence of other products to elevate it from connected to awesome.

Introducing the momit Smart Thermostat — (Europe’s Version of the Nest)

We introduce you to momit Smart Thermostat

momitst-standard Thanks to Chantal Marin-Bourceraau, Product Manager and Business Development at Green momit, ControlTrends has learned of yet another innovative and smart thermostat sweeping across the European markets, with a possible eye on the North American market as well. We introduce Green momit:

“We have made a thermostat that is different than the rest, it has a sophisticated style, with touch screen, no buttons or wheels. It is WiFi and smart, so it is able to learn our daily routines and autoprograming so can help us to save expenses and energy.

momit Smart Thermostat — Imagine a thermostat with modern and customizable design, imagine being able to control the temperature of your home at anytime and anywhere, imagine saving up to 20% more energy than the most advanced thermostats, and last but not least, easy to install and compatible with over 90% of households, if you closed your eyes, you have imagined it.

Smart comfort — momit Smart Thermostat knows you, learns from your daily routines, knows at what time do you wake up, knows if you are at home and it is day or night. It is smart. It calculates the time the takes to your home for reaching the temperature that you want, therefore, you will always be at the temperature you want whenever you want.”

Control your thermostat at anytime and anywhere: Your thermostat is always connected to the internet, this means that you can manage it from anywhere and from any device (mobile phones, tablets, PCs).


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…]