HAI Touts ZigBee-Based Energy Management System
HAI shows suite of devices that can provide energy management in the home independent of utility-based smart grid programs.
Home Automation, Inc. (HAI) now touts a suite of devices that can provide energy management in the home independent of utility-based smart grid programs. The systems use the wireless RF-based ZigBee home automation protocol.
A small tabletop or wall-mounted ZigBee Interface Module (ZIM) for HAI’s Omni and Lumina controllers or a ZigBee MicroControl touchpanel for a standalone systems is required. You can add OmniStat2 RC-2000ZB thermostats or RC-1000ZB t-stats for single-stage conventional and heat pump systems, 30- and 5-amp control modules and 300-watt plug-in lamp modules to the system.
The system can accommodate up to 64 devices and perform current sensing for energy monitoring.
The MicroControl lets you enable and disable devices and create custom schedules. It can enact time-based schedules for temperatures, water heaters, air conditioning units, pumps, fountains, lamps, generators and other devices. It can automatically set back energy loads during work days and have preferences restore an hour before returning home, for example. A snooze button on top can set back every device in Away or Vacation mode.
Users can also view the energy use, or current draw, of connected devices.
The MicroControl includes a USB port so the firmware of the MicroControl and any other ZigBee devices can be updated with a PC. (The ZIM does not have a USB port because the ZIM gets firmware updates from the Omni or Lumina systems.) The MicroControl can also act as a ZIM if a homeowner adds an Omni or Lumina system later.
More features and wireless protocols may be added later. “We’ve designed the entire product suite around a modular radio concept so that in the future we have the flexibility to add support for whatever radio technology the market demands,” says HAI’s Thomas Pickral Jr.
Secure Your Free Pass to CEDIA EXPO 2019
Register before Sept. 2 to gain free access to the opening keynote, product training & education series as well as the show floor including Innovation Alley and much more. Don’t miss your chance. Sign up today.
NewsRing Joins Z-Wave Alliance, Looks to Advance Cybersecurity
CEDIA Expo Preview: LG on Big OLEDs, Short Throw Projectors, CI Focus
CEDIA Expo 2019 Sound Rooms Deliver Entertainment and Education
CEDIA Expo Preview: URC Expands Control Options, Unveils ‘Truly Tool-less’ Speakers
Product Briefs: Capitol Design Support; Elan adds Jandy; Crestron Marine Program; Zigbee Milestone
View more News