Simon Leblond, Schneider Electric’s Director of Strategy & Marketing, Buildings Division, explains to the Niagara and ControlTrends Communities — why year in and year out — Viconics is the thermostat or room comfort controller of choice that offers the lowest installed cost. The new VT8000 series is available with wireless and all the communication protocols, along with a customizable display that allows color matching decor, branding emphasis, live language changes, other features that will help pull the sale of Viconics through the interior designer and architect channels.
This article was released January 08, 2014 by Grant Clauser: Is Samsung getting into the home automation biz? It seems so. At CES this week the company showed a number of devices that could be integrated and controlled through a central app or a wall-mountable controller called the Lumen. The system communicates by Wi-Fi, or if you have the Lumen module, also by Z-Wave. At its CES exhibit, Samsung was demonstrating the system to control an air conditioner, wireless cameras, Wi-Fi enabled LED light bulbs, and a robotic floor cleaner. Control of other devices, such as refrigerators and possibly AV equipment is also possible.
If a user buys compatible products, such as a Samsung smart fridge or light, the person only needs to download the free app and connect the devices. Programmed activities, which Samsung calls Moods, can be set up to run at the touch of a button or by a user-defined schedule. The Lumen device is a wall-mountable touchscreen that can replace a light switch and thermostat and act as a simple interface with all connected equipment within the smart home — consider it the smart home’s remote control. Adding the Lumen to the system also adds Z-Wave, which broadens the number of compatible devices.
Samsung will also collaborate with third-party partners to make the platform extendible to their products and services. Voice control, via a smart phone or tablet, is also possible through the new system. You can speak into your phone to tell it to turn off the lights or adjust the temperature. Samsung says that initial deployment will focus on a range of Samsung smart TVs and appliances but will expand its coverage to include additional Samsung products as well as other manufacturers’ devices with a new Smart Home software protocol called SHP.
Excerpt taken from Peter Nowak, CBC News’ article: South Korean technology giant Samsung Electronics co-CEO Boo-keun Yoon’s, exclusive sit-down interview with CBC News at CES: … “That line of thinking is driving the company’s quest to bring about the smart, connected home that has been hyped for many years, a market that is expected to be worth more than $60 billion by 2017. So far, digital appliances – refrigerators and washing machines that connect to the internet and to smartphones – have been too complicated in general, Yoon acknowledges, forcing users to go through too many steps to use their associated apps. To that end, Samsung is this year rolling out the Smart Home protocol (SHP), a software system that aims to smooth communications and ease of use between its own appliances and mobile devices by giving the user a single point of control – say, a tablet. It’s an attempt to unify the disparate appliances and devices in the home to one common, user-friendly system.” Source: CBSNEWS Technology & Science
Google called it quits on a smart thermostat two years ago, but it looks like the company couldn’t resist circling back to the idea. According to two of The Information’s sources and a document reviewed by the outlet, Mountain View has been conducting a trial of Internet-connected thermostats to help users keep tabs on their energy use and adjust accordingly. As part of a project reportedly dubbed EnergySense, the hardware itself seems to be created by a third party such as Ecobee. While Ecobee CEO Stuart Lombard says the firm isn’t working with Google, he adds the search giant could still be using its hardware.
Page and Co.’s effort isn’t intended to compete directly with Nest, according to one of the chatty people familiar with the matter. It’s said that Google’s goal is to toy with making the energy grid more efficient and build applications and services with the data it collects. Non-employees are apparently being enlisted as “Trusted Testers” to give the service a whirl in St. Louis, Missouri and potentially other areas. There’s no scuttlebutt regarding when the pilot might make it to primetime, so a Nest will just have to do for now.
[Original image credit: Stephanie Conrad, Flickr]