Multizone System: With Voice Control
We’re getting closer and closer to the day when I can walk into my office and say “Computer, Tea, Earl Grey, Hot. And crank up the AC.”
While researching for our recent series on Multi Zone systems, we came across an interesting press release: Honeywell’s Smart Thermostats can work with multi-zone systems and they can integrate with Google Home, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple Homekit, Samsung Smart Things, and the ever-popular If This Then That (IFTTT). This is a pretty incredible idea for us, mainly because it’s been in Sci-Fi since the 80’s and it’s finally becoming part of our day to day lives.
The possibilities here are pretty near limitless. I could use IFTTT and a phone app to detect if anyone’s in the office. Office empty? Thermostat goes to a predetermined “low power” temperature. On the way to my office? “Ok Google, cool office to seventy degrees.” It’s a step towards being able to control our homes and offices from anywhere, with smarter automation, and become more of a couch potato when I don’t feel like walking over to the thermostat to crank it down a few more degrees.
Automation like this has it’s risks and challenges, but as we’ve posted before: automating the environment can save time and money. Let it cool itself down before your employees arrive and automatically shutdown when they leave. Let the lights turn themselves off when we don’t need them. Let technology take care of the details so we can go straight to our desks instead of melting while the compressor fires up.
The Wrap Up
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