Web managed thermostat made available on Sprint network

The Proliphix IMT-550 internet managed thermostat has been made available for use with Sprint wireless network connectivity.

This connected thermostat (pictured) lets small- to medium-sized retail business owners reduce energy expenses and remotely monitor their storefronts while achieving a claimed positive return on investment in months.

It supports three external wired sensors, which can sense temperature or dry contact closures from external equipment. Each sensor can provide independent alarms via email or text message when alerts are needed. Proliphix, an energy conservation controls company, is the creator of the first IP-enabled intelligent network thermostat.

Smartlabs’ Insteon will also be available in late 2011 with embedded Sprint network connectivity. This plug-and-play system will let property owners access and control energy consumption from a web portal or a Sprint smartphone.

Insteon-compatible products enable energy management, demand response and scheduled load-shedding with real-time reporting and alerts. Property owners can schedule electrical devices to be turned on or off based on time of day, occupancy, weather conditions or ambient light levels. Property owners can also opt-in for the utility to turn devices off when the local demand for electricity is exceedingly high.

It can be used to control indoor and outdoor lighting, security systems, heating and cooling, appliances, door locks and more while using existing wired infrastructure. Pilot testing is under way at a Sprint retail store where energy savings exceeds 28%.

“With more than a dozen years developing communications products in the M2M market, Sprint is dedicated to working with smart energy companies like Proliphix and Smartlabs to bring innovative and sustainable technology to market,” said Wayne Ward, vice president of Sprint’s emerging products group.

“Developers have told us they thrive in an open development environment that accelerates their speed to market with simple, unencumbered access to our full complement of network capabilities. Considering that they are delivering wireless applications for the purpose of energy management and conversation, Sprint is eager to invest in those technologies and processes.”

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