Honeywell working on home automation program with Opower, Lutron, Akuacom, others

Honeywell announced an application programming interface (API) program that enables development partners to build application software that interfaces with numerous Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostats including the color-customizable Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat. Honeywell is initially partnering with Akuacom, Opower, Control4, and Lutron on the API offering.

For homeowners, the Comfort Control API means their Wi-Fi enabled Honeywell thermostats will integrate with products and services from like-minded companies striving to give people control over their home's energy efficiency via smartphone, tablet or computer.

The Comfort Control API is an effort by Honeywell to accelerate energy efficiency and expand the seamless integration of products and services.

Honeywell is in beta testing program with the following companies:

·      Akuacom, a Honeywell company and pioneer of Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR), is the leading SaaS for connecting energy providers to their residential, commercial and industrial customers. The Akuacom platform uses the Comfort Control API and links to the Honeywell Total Connect Comfort app to alert homeowners when temperatures are briefly adjusted to trim electricity consumption.

·      Opower's engagement platform, Opower 4, will use the Comfort Control API to integrate Honeywell's suite of WiFi connected thermostats into utility programs that drive measurable energy efficiency, demand response and customer engagement.

·      Lighting company Lutron Electronics provides homeowners with simple energy saving solutions including dimmers for any type of light bulb, occupancy sensors that ensure lights are never left on in unoccupied rooms, and motorized window treatments that help keep HVAC costs in check through every season.

·      By using the Honeywell Comfort Control API, Control4 is poised to extend the interoperability and integration with Honeywell thermostats via the simplicity of the Control4 platform. Once integrated, Control4 customers will be able to control and monitor their Honeywell thermostats using their Control4 remotes or touch panels, as well as their smartphones, tablets or computers.

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