Ecobee, a provider of Wi-Fi enabled, programmable thermostat for residential and commercial uses this week unveiled the ecobee3 smarter wi-fi thermostat and wireless remote sensors. At a price of USD249, the ecobee3 is now in the market, offering users the ability to remotely control their home/office temperatures from virtually anywhere in the world.
The ecobee3 is essentially another application in the M2M and the IoT space, where device and equipments connect to each other via wireless connectivity. The connection enables these edge devices to transmit and receive real-time information. According to ecobee, the ecobee3 is designed for buildings with more than one room, where the wi-fi connected thermostats and remote sensors measure temperature and occupancy in multiple locations, for example in the living room and the bedrooms and adjust the temperature based on the current readings and the occupancy levels detected in these locations. This enables optimal consumption of power, delivering savings on heating and cooling costs for customers. ecobee said in its statement that the more the number of sensors installed throughout the building, the smarter the detection and control becomes.
Using the combination of Wi-Fi and data connectivity, the ecobee3 marks the integration of device-to-device and device-to-cloud and cloud-to-human communications to deliver a the much needed application in today's homes. ecobee said that its customers save on average of 23% on their heating and cooling costs. Via data connection, consumers can access ecobee mobile or online application and control the temperatures remotely. ecobee also said that its developers are leveraging its robust Application Programming Interface (API)s to integrate the ecobee3 into the connected home platform.