Last week, Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) announced that the Proliphix IMT-550 Internet Managed Thermostat is now available with Sprint wireless network connectivity. This connected thermostat allows small- to medium-sized retail business owners to reduce energy expenses and remotely monitor their storefronts, according to the company.
It supports three external wired sensors, which can sense temperature or dry contact closures from external equipment. Each of the sensors can provide independent alarms via email or text message when alerts are needed. Proliphix (Westford, Mass., U.S.A.), an energy conservation controls company, is the creator of the IP-enabled intelligent network thermostat.
Sprint also announced that its plug-n-play system, which allows property owners to access and control energy consumption from a Web Portal or smartphone, will be available in late 2011. SmartLabs INSTEON enables energy management, demand response and scheduled load-shedding with real-time reporting and alerts, says Sprint. Property owners can schedule electrical devices to be turned on or off based on time of day, occupancy, weather conditions or ambient light levels, and can also opt-in for the utility to turn devices off when the local demand for electricity is exceedingly high.
The product can be used to control indoor and outdoor lighting, security systems, heating and cooling (HVAC), appliances, door locks and more while using existing wired infrastructure, says Sprint.
Sprint opened the Sprint M2M Collaboration Center in Burlingame, Calif. last year. The center is a lab for the production of wirelessly enabled M2M concepts and products. Sprint also introduced the Sprint Command Center, a Web-based portal that allows businesses with Sprint wireless-connected products the ability to manage, activate and de-activate each device, says the company. In addition, businesses can suspend service, run usage reports and set alerts on how much data each module is consuming, without ever having to call Sprint directly.