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Emerson Enters Connected-Home Marketplace with Sensi™ Wi-Fi Thermostat
|By Business Wire
|May 12, 2014 08:01 AM EDT
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), a leader in the thermostat and HVAC controls
industry, today announced the release of its first universal Wi-Fi
thermostat. The Sensi™ thermostat and intuitive app give homeowners
remote access from smart phones, tablets or PC’s, and marks Emerson’s
entry into a product category expected to grow to $600 million globally
by 2018, according to ABI Research.
“With the remarkable popularity of smartphones as controllers, and the
growing availability of Wi-Fi in homes, Emerson saw an important
opportunity to make this technology widely available and affordable for
consumers,” said Ed Purvis, executive vice president at Emerson. “Our
industry-leading position in HVAC components and controls, along with
our expertise in power management and system connectivity, has enabled
us to develop a superior product.”
While several remote-access thermostats exist in the market, the Sensi
thermostat brings key benefits which solve some basic issues faced by
consumers today. Emerson believes the resolution of these issues will
open up the market for even faster adoption of this technology for
consumers that previously would have settled for a standard, mid-price
First, Emerson’s knowledge of power management in HVAC controls resulted
in the first Wi-Fi thermostat that can operate on two standard
replaceable AA batteries. This means a consumer, in most cases, can use
existing wiring in the home and not have to rely on continuous common
wire power from the HVAC system to operate.
Second, while focusing the user experience on the Sensi app, Emerson was
able to keep product hardware cost in line with more traditional
thermostats. The app walks consumers through easy installation and
provisioning steps on their phone. Once connected, a homeowner can
either set up an energy saving schedule, or control the system with a
simple override command, avoiding wasteful energy usage.
“We are really excited about this product today, but maybe more so about
the potential it brings our business in the future,” continued Purvis.
“We are already working with partners to develop an Application
Programming Interface (API) for energy management solutions, and see
this as just a piece of a larger connected home platform for Emerson
Sensi is the first Wi-Fi thermostat to meet the new Energy Aware
standards requiring +/- one degree accurate temperature control. It is
currently available through Emerson’s professional HVAC wholesale and
contractor network, as well as select retail and online stores.
For more information, visit SensiComfort.com
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global
leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide
innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and
consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five
business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network
Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions.
Sales in fiscal 2013 were $24.7 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.
About Emerson Climate Technologies
Emerson Climate Technologies, a business segment of Emerson, is the
world’s leading provider of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration
solutions for residential, industrial and commercial applications. The
group combines best-in-class technology with proven engineering, design,
distribution, educational and monitoring services to provide customized,
integrated climate-control solutions for customers worldwide. The
innovative solutions of Emerson Climate Technologies, which include
industry-leading brands such as Copeland Scroll™ and White-Rodgers™,
improve human comfort, safeguard food and protect the environment. For
more information, visit EmersonClimate.com.
White-Rodgers, headquartered in Saint Louis, Missouri, is a leading
provider of home comfort solutions, including thermostats, gas ignition
controls and indoor air quality products. White-Rodgers innovative
solutions include Emerson Blue thermostats, which are among the most
accurate and reliable in the industry. The group is also a leader in
communicating electronics for HVAC systems. White-Rodgers is a business
unit of the Emerson Climate Technologies business segment. For more
information, visit www.White-Rodgers.com.
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