Universal Devices Brings “Energy Management In a Box” to Small & Medium Business Customers in California
Demand Response Program, Using OpenADR, Complies with State’s Title 24 Building Requirements
October 17, 2014 – Encino, Calif. – Universal Devices, a leader in energy management and automation devices, today announced the deployment of “Energy Management In a Box.” The new offering, the first low-cost system configured for the small and medium business (SMB) market, complies with California’s Title 24 building requirements and further extends demand response (DR) using OpenADR.
“This new offering integrates our powerful ISY994 automation platform with wireless thermostats to curb energy usage for small and medium business,” said Mike Ippolito, Chief Product Officer, Universal Devices. “This is the first product that allows business’ to take advantage of advanced energy management functions to monitor, manage, and automate their environment affordably”
Distributed exclusively by HD Supply Power Solutions [NASDAQ HDS] and through select contractors, the “Energy Management In a Box” product combines the powerful Universal Devices ISY994 Automation platform with up to 64 thermostats in an easy-to-configure solution. The powerful programmability of the ISY994 platform allows installers and building managers complete flexibility to define advanced “If-Then-Else” conditions using schedules, current and forecast weather, occupancy and room temperatures to manage a comfortable work environment. With easily integrated optional sensors, light controls, or other IoT devices, the business can securely manage all aspects of energy management with one simple interface from their computer or mobile device.
The “Commercial Advanced Thermostat Upgrade Program” necessitated this new energy management offering. The program is administered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), which is regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission. PG&E contacts businesses during pre-defined peak periods to voluntarily shed electric loads using the OpenADR 2.0b specification for communication. Using advanced logic, the ISY994 platform allows the business owner to define rules to intelligently respond to these messages or simply opt-out at any thermostat. More information on this program is available at http://www.pgeadvancedthermostatupgrade.com/
“The combination of automation and demand response eligibility makes the ‘Energy Management In a Box’ the future of controls for air conditioning systems,” said Victor Valladares, president, Valley Mechanicals.
More on Universal Devices ISY994
The Universal Devices ISY994, the most powerful automation controller for home, business and industry, provides a low cost automation platform for truly controlling energy costs. It is capable of communicating with a wide variety of off-the-shelf devices such as thermostats, lighting, security systems and pumps wirelessly using ZigBee, Z-Wave, INSTEON, or via Network and direct contacts. In addition, the ISY994 series, when properly equipped, can read energy consumption from individual devices and smart meters. Unlike other solutions that use ‘the cloud’ to process and store information, the ISY994 allows users to keep their information private by running everything local, but yet accessible from a variety of devices. More information is available at www.universal-devices.com