ENCINO, Calif. — Universal Devices, a provider of energy management and automation devices, has introduced “Energy Management In a Box.” The new offering, a 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 the OpenADR specification.

“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 by HD Supply Power Solutions and through select contractors, Universal Devices said the “Energy Management In a Box” product combines its ISY994 automation platform with up to 64 thermostats in an easy-to-configure solution. The programmability of the ISY994 platform allows installers and building managers the 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 Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the business can securely manage all aspects of energy management with one simple interface from their computer or mobile device.

The company said the “Commercial Advanced Thermostat Upgrade Program,” administered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), led to this new energy management offering. 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.

“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 Mechanical.

For more information, visit www.universal-devices.com.

Publication date: 11/3/2014

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