The root™ Google Android-based thermostat was created to navigate the interconnectivity of devices, appliances, protocols, and building systems. The root doesn’t need to learn behaviors and preferences because it is intuitive. Enabled with comprehensive functionality and third-party app integration, root takes hold immediately upon activation and works as the central portal of the home, seamlessly interfacing with other energy management devices and related home automation and security platforms, including Sonos, Alarm.com, ADT, Comcast, and Nest Protect. Beyond that, the Google Android core allows root to control nearly anything with an available app in the Google Play store. From a hardware perspective, root has multiple layers of connectivity potential, including EnOcean, ZigBee, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZWave, Verizon 3G mobile capabilities, and an Ethernet jack for a direct connection to either an existing or planned infrastructure.