'Smart' home product unveiled

An “affordable and practical” technology for making smart home services widely available to homeowners was introduced by Invensys plc at the recent Interactive Home Conference, held in Paris, France.

The product, named the ControlServer, allows consumers to access a host of smart home services. It is expected to be available over the next 12 to 18 months, the company said at the conference, which was sponsored by Microsoft Corp., France Telecom, and other industry leaders. Invensys plc is headquartered in London, England.

According to the manufacturer, ControlServer will enable homeowners to access and control all home systems, including appliances, entertainment systems, lighting, hvac, and security from user interfaces throughout the home, or from a distance using the Internet.

“We have designed the ControlServer to become a natural addition for every homeowner at a price that will be comparable to the cost of a VCR or television,” said John Sharood, vice president of Invensys Network Systems.

According to the company, using its product, even older-modeled electronic appliances can be retrofitted to make them network enabled.

Invensys also said it is partnering with emWare, of Salt Lake City, UT, to enable users to interact with smart home devices via traditional buttons or knobs, as well as web browsers, cell phones, or personal digital assistant (PDA) devices.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2014 World Energy Engineering Congress

Scenes from the 2014 World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington, D.C.


NEWSMakers: Howard Weiss
Howard Weiss, executive vice president, HVAC Excellence stopped by The NEWS’ booth at the AHR Expo to discuss HVAC Excellence’s upcoming conference, networking opportunities at large expo’s, and much more. Posted on Feb. 27.
More Podcasts


NEWS 02-23-15 cover

2015 February 23

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

HVAC Trends

The NEWS regularly reports on HVAC industry trends in our weekly issues. What trends do you see?
View Results Poll Archive


2015 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con