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Smart Thermostat Knows When You’ll Be Home

Allure Energy launches cloud-enabled ZigBee thermostat that gauges your proximity so it can adjust temperature to just the right setting at just the right time.


Allure Energy mobile app for proximity-enabled energy management.
Julie Jacobson · December 12, 2011

Sure, you can access your smart thermostat from a smart phone to let the HVAC system know you’re on the way home.

But exactly when will you get there? Are you three hours away at the cabin? Or are you just across town at the office?

It makes a big difference, you know. You wouldn’t want the house to start warming up or cooling down a moment too soon, lest it add to your utility bill.

Not to worry, Allure Energy, based in in Austin, Texas, knows where you are so it can plan temperature adjustments accordingly. The company announced its new cloud-enabled Proximity Control Technology today.

According to the press release (reprinted below in full):

Using Allure Mobile, a smart phone application that works on select iPhone and iPad devices, Allure Mobile manages energy use based on how far, or near, each user may be from their home. As homeowners leave their residence, the temperature of their home is altered based on how far away they are from home. As they return, Allure Mobile automatically creates the environment they want.

Jim Mills, VP business development for Allure, didn’t care to provide additional details about the new products. But he tells us that Allure is currently installed in two Reliant Smart Homes in Houston. Reliant will be demonstrating the new technology at CES 2012.

But he does say that the “revolutionary product … will forever change the way consumers look at home energy management.”

He also notes in the press release that the product represents the “first truly automated home environment/energy management system.”

That’s probably a bit of hyperbole. I believe Control4’s Eric Smith discussed this exact type of proximity-based control during his road shows, and cloud-enabled thermostats with learning capabilities were introduced this year by no fewer then three other firms including Honeywell, Nest and EcoFactor. Oh wait ... look at the pictures! Allure (pictured below) looks just EcoFactor (pictured here).

CES 2012 should be an interesting event for the energy-aware – especially for those whose utility bills rise by $112 per month.

UPDATE: Mills tells us that there is no affiliation between EcoFactor and Allure—they both build on thermostats from Computime. Ltd. Computime makes a variety of smart thermostats, energy gateways and ZigBee devices for OEM clients. This one (Model CTW218) implements ZigBee SE Profile 1.0 and supports these Smart Energy clusters:

  • Demand Response Load Control
  • Price
  • Messages

PRESS RELEASE

Allure Energy to Sell Consumer Direct

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When installed in your home, the Allure Energy Home Controller communicates with Allure Mobile to create your home environment. The Home Controller uses smart wireless technology to create a private, secure wireless energy network. The Allure Mobile TSTAT is a smart energy, wireless thermostat designed to communicate with the Allure Energy Home Controller. When used with Allure Mobile, the thermostat is automatically adjusted based on how near, or far you are from your home. The result ... you will never have to program a thermostat again!

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 12, 2011 —Allure Energy, Inc. today announced that their patented Proximity Control Technology will soon be available for purchase directly by consumers. Allure Energy has the first truly automated home environment/energy management system.

Using Allure Mobile, a smart phone application that works on select iPhone and iPad devices, Allure Mobile manages energy use based on how far, or near, each user may be from their home. As homeowners leave their residence, the temperature of their home is altered based on how far away they are from home. As they return, Allure Mobile automatically creates the environment they want.

“People want comfort and savings, without having to work for it,” says Kevin Imes, President and CEO of Allure Energy. “Homeowners no longer have to program thermostats, or learn how to use complex home automation systems to manage their energy use. They just set their preferences and automatically enjoy comfort while saving money and being environmentally responsible.”

Using a secure Internet connection and wireless thermostat, Allure Energy creates an ideal home environment using proprietary location-based control technology running on the user’s smart phone.

“A lot of people today are concerned with privacy issues surrounding new smart meters,” says Kevin Imes, “so we created secure Internet and wireless technologies to ensure privacy. When used with our mobile app that features Allure’s patented Zone Based Proximity Control Technology, adjustments are determined on the user’s smart phone based on their current location. We never have to send the user’s location into the cloud, ensuring their privacy.”

Allure Energy will begin offering its solution in early 2012.

Allure Energy, Inc. is a smart energy company based in Austin, Texas. Allure Energy develops leading-edge smart grid solutions with proximity control. As consumers and energy providers search for ways to reduce energy consumption without increasing costs, a balance must be maintained between privacy, security, lifestyle, comfort and convenience. Allure Energy is that solution.



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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at julie.jacobson@emeraldexpo.com

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