Yesterday’s thermostats allowed a user to increase or decrease indoor temperature on site. Today’s units are much more sophisticated, allowing operators to adjust temperature, humidity, and a number of other variables from anywhere in the world. Additionally, some devices can intelligently learn a user’s schedule, and more.
Package for Engineers Assists with Integration of Mechanical Systems in Sustainable Building Designs
September 5, 2014
DesignBuilder Software has released version 4 of its whole building energy simulation program, DesignBuilder. The company said this new version adds a substantial set of new features and improvements oriented to the different but overlapping needs of engineers and architects.
SmartThings Allows Homeowners to Monitor, Control, and Automate Their Homes from Wherever They Are Through a Single App
August 25, 2014
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire SmartThings, a leading open platform for the smart home. Samsung said that, with its resources, SmartThings will be able to expand its platform and support even more devices.
In June, Microsoft Corp. and American Family Insurance announced the launch of a business accelerator for tech startup companies that are focused on home automation. The goal of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator is to provide mentorship, resources, and workspace to startups.