Services, Apps & Software

Wi-Fi Thermostats Transcend the Market

Sophisticated Products Give Users Intelligent Control from Anywhere

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.


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Sept. 5, 2014: DesignBuilder Eases Whole Building Energy Simulation

Package for Engineers Assists with Integration of Mechanical Systems in Sustainable Building Designs

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.


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Aug. 25, 2014: Samsung to Acquire Smart Home Company, SmartThings

SmartThings Allows Homeowners to Monitor, Control, and Automate Their Homes from Wherever They Are Through a Single App

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.


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HVAC Industry Cautious About Microsoft Partnership

Joint Project Supports Home Automation Software Startup Companies

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.


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NEWSMakers: Mark Crockett
Mark Crockett vice president, Crockett Facilities Services, explains the importance of technician training, the value of being a top minority-owned company in the U.S., current projects the company is managing, and much more. Posted on April 24.
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