Telkonet Releases Next-Gen Energy Management Product Suite
Telkonet, Inc. has introduced of its next generation of energy management products, the EcoSmart Product Suite. With the EcoSmart flagship product, the EcoInsight Programmable Controllable Thermostat (PCT), Telkonet has evolved beyond its successful SmartEnergy product line and built upon its patented Recovery Time Technology. The EcoSmart suite of products introduces several new developments including a fully wireless thermostat, EcoWave and a plug load controller branded the EcoGuard.
The EcoSmart Product Suite was designed from the ground up leveraging Telkonet’s extensive history and expertise in the energy efficiency industry. The development process included extensive input from customers, maintenance engineers, and ESCOs to ensure that the product would meet both technical and cost requirements. Some of the key enhancements called for by customers and offered in the EcoInsight product include: multiple backlight color options, integrated PIR motion sensor, ultra-wide operational voltage range from 12-40VDC and 12-277VAC without reconfiguration, variable outputs for VAV/proportional control, current transducer inputs, and both Zigbee and Ethernet network options. Offering compatibility with virtually any type of HVAC system, EcoSmart is also able to provide a comprehensive energy management solution for any environment. Customers also challenged Telkonet to provide networked systems providing the same aggressive return on investment (ROI) found previously on non-networked solutions. Through a complete integration of the thermostat and the IEEE 802.15.4 Zigbee radio and providing average savings of 30% and more, the EcoSmart products are up to the challenge.
A key differentiator for Telkonet’s EcoSmart platform is its network management and integration capabilities. Use of Zigbee standards for energy management and connectivity is a central component of the EcoSmart Product Suite. EcoCentral is a cloud-based web platform for management, analytics and reporting providing a comprehensive building automation tool found today only in much larger, more expensive building management systems. In addition, EcoSmart is able to build upon standard communications such as BACNet and integrate directly with existing Direct Digital Control (DDC) or building management systems (BMS) to provide more granular control over a facility’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) resources.
Another key improvement of the EcoSmart Suite is the addition of a remote thermostat package, EcoWave. Historically, in-room or in-building placement of the thermostat was dictated by the location of the HVAC wiring or equipment. EcoWave provides the solution for this issue with the EcoSource control unit for HVAC connectivity and the EcoAir user interface for placement virtually anywhere in the room, communicating with the EcoSource wirelessly. This solution provides customers the ability to configure their environments as they wish without regard to location of existing HVAC equipment.
One of EcoSmart’s most innovative differentiators is its Intelligent Scheduling. Functioning as artificial intelligence and control over energy consumption, Intelligent Scheduling will monitor an environment for a predetermined time period to recognize occupancy and temperature patterns and adjust the operation of the HVAC system accordingly.