News for the Hospitality Executive
Telkonet Advances Green Energy Efficiency with
Innovative Energy Management Thermostat
Germantown, MD, January 23, 2008 - Telkonet, Inc. (AMEX:TKO), the leading technology solutions provider for broadband networking, end-to-end service support and energy management, announced today a major evolution in its proven SS5000 Energy Management Thermostat line with the new Version 4.5 model. The new thermostat incorporates a range of significant technology advancements over its Version 4.0 predecessor, including increased HVAC system interoperability, customization and flexibility, as well as improvements to make installation easier. Reinforcing the market imperative of delivering interoperability, Telkonet has become an Adopter Member of the ZigBee Alliance, an association of companies working together to enable cost-effective, low-power, wirelessly-networked monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. The Company believes that the enhancements made to the Version 4.5 thermostat will make the product more desirable for its target markets, which are primarily the hospitality, commercial, education and government sectors, for which there is an increasingly critical need for efficient, cost-effective energy management solutions.
The new design increases the overall flexibility of the new thermostat, particularly its compatibility with a far wider range of PTAC and Fan Coil systems. The core has been completely re-engineered to use a flash-based CPU, which can be easily upgraded in the field to meet the control requirements of diverse systems. This ensures a high level of future-proofing, while guaranteeing its ease of integration with new product designs as they emerge, including new wireless mesh technologies. The Version 4.5 thermostat also operates across a larger voltage range – both AC and DC – further enhancing its inter-working with third-party equipment. With a data rate nearly 100 times faster than the previous 4.0 Version, and a dedicated serial interface for computer control and configuration, this thermostat offers dramatically improved communications across the entire energy management system – a particularly important feature for energy efficiency monitoring and accurate data analysis.
The fundamental benefit of Telkonet’s Version 4.5 is the extensive degree of field-customization that it offers, greatly enhancing the speed and ease of installation. This capability addresses precisely how the thermostat can be fine-tuned for direct control over relays to give customized actions for heating, cooling, and multi-speed fan control without having to rewrite internal code. Settings can be field customized on screen or in more detail with the SmartView software. Irrespective of whether the Version 4.5 is being interfaced to a 1- or 2-speed heat pump, for example, or a gas-based system, it can be quickly re-programmed to match the installation requirements exactly. “Our intensive development efforts have resulted in powerful technology advances, bringing this thermostat to a new level of flexibility and functionality with vast market potential,” commented Jeff Sobieski, Telkonet’s Executive Vice President of Energy Management. “The product is designed first and foremost to accommodate a high degree of customization, as a fundamental feature for successful operation with the broadest possible range of third-party HVAC equipment, greatly increasing its market potential. With our membership in the ZigBee Alliance, we plan aggressively to focus further on automation markets with our greater interoperability that ZigBee allows. The wireless mesh ability, along with the recently released Telkonet Series 5, provides the framework for our networked energy management system.”
Telkonet’s SS5000 Version 4.5 Energy Management Thermostat offers numerous wide-ranging benefits, including:
About Telkonet SmartEnergy
An advanced energy management system, Telkonet SmartEnergy (TSE) provides
an economic, green approach to controlling HVAC usage and improving energy
efficiency. It incorporates a patented technology – Recovery Time™ (RT)
that performs constant real-time calculations to adjust and maintain a
room’s temperature based on occupancy. Unlike conventional fixed-setback
systems, where the temperature is often forced to one fixed temperature
in all rooms, RT takes into account a diverse range of factors to determine
each room’s energy efficient temperature, restoring the temperature to
the users’ desired comfort setting within minutes of returning to a room.
Telkonet (www.telkonet.com) specializes in integrated solutions for broadband data networking and energy management, including in-building powerline communications (PLC) technology. Headquartered in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Telkonet serves thousands of customers worldwide. Telkonet’s technology innovation is underpinned by end-to-end quality of service and comprehensive customer support. Its portfolio includes: