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Home by home, Honeywell solution helps cities go green

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Thermostat control is a home automation feature that can save individual homeowners energy and money. And it stands to reason that the more energy each household saves, the less demand on a community’s electric grid—meaning there are fewer brownouts or blackouts.

Building on that idea, Honeywell is now partnering with cities and towns to help them manage their energy consumption communitywide, home by home. The Morris Township, N.J-based company is providing communities with thermostats they can give their residents to better control energy usage. It seems like a very innovative—and very green—solution.

Here’s more from a recent article in the St. Paul, Minn.-based Pioneer Press newspaper:
 

Honeywell has announced a new Wi-Fi-controlled thermostat that is intended to be distributed by municipalities instead of purchased at retail by consumers in order to better manage energy consumption across a town or city.

South Sioux City, Neb., will be the first community to deploy the new thermostat to help its 13,000 residents manage electricity costs, which are said to have risen steadily there in the past three years.

In the future, other municipalities will recruit residents to reduce energy consumption when demand spikes, a strategy known as automated demand response, or ADR.

As part of this, the residents would receive the $150 Honeywell Total Connect Comfort with ADR thermostat for free so that utilities can link to the home devices and reduce that residence's energy as needed.

Such an approach can help avoid brownouts and blackouts on the hottest days of the year, when power-grid stability is threatened.

Honeywell's thermostat can be controlled with a Total Connect Comfort app, available in versions for Apple iOS and Google Android devices.

 

Honeywell adds Vermont company to dealer network

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06/13/2013

MELVILLE, N.Y.—Honeywell has added Countryside Lock & Alarms, based in Mt. Holly, Vt., to its First Alert Professional Dealer program, according to a company statement.

Honeywell expands capabilities for Total Connect

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06/10/2013

MELVILLE, N.Y.—Honeywell’s home automation platform, Total Connect is now supported by the company’s Tuxedo Touch home controller, according to a news release.

Honeywell’s Cote named 'CEO of the year'

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06/05/2013

GREENWICH, Conn.—Chief Executive magazine recently named David Cote, chairman and CEO of Honeywell, the “2013 CEO of the Year,” according to the magazine’s website. Cote was nominated and selected by a group of his peers.

NFPA show offers wide variety of choices

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05/28/2013

WAUNAKEE, Wis.—Carter Rierson, president of Best Defense Security & Fire Protection, said attending the National Fire Protection Association’s Conference & Expo for the first time this year will be like being “a kid in a candy store.”

Fire-Lite’s mass notification system earns UL Listing

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05/23/2013

NORTHFORD, Conn.—Fire-Lite Alarms by Honeywell announced that its new Emergency Command Center mass notification system is the first non-proprietary line to be listed to Underwriter’s Laboratories’ 2572 standard, according to a press release.

Steve Baker, other industry vets launch GHS Interactive Security

LifeLine Security is acquired as platform for growth, Topspin is equity partner, Barnes Associates advised deal
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05/22/2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Industry veteran Steve Baker, who has served in executive roles at ADT, Monitronics and Westec, announced May 22 that his corporation, GHS Interactive Security, has acquired LifeLine Security and Automation as a platform for growth.

Fire-Lite MNS wins top award

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05/16/2013

NORTHFORD, Conn.—Fire-Lite Alarms, a division of Honeywell, has earned the top mass notification system award in the Security Industry Association’s new products showcase competition, according to a company statement.

Former Honeywell chairman invests in Maryland company

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

View Systems, Inc., a manufacture and installer of weapons detection identification systems, video management platforms and tele-data communication networks based in Baltimore, announced May 15 that Leo A. Guthart has purchased shares from View Systems that “will allow View Systems to accelerate its sales efforts and provide funds for new product development.”

View Systems’ target vertical markets are: correctional facilities, schools, courthouses, government agencies, event and sports venues, and commercial businesses.

A security industry veteran, Guthart is the former CEO of Pittway Corp. and former chairman of Honeywell’s Fire & Security group. He now runs Topspin Partners, a VC fund, as well as Topspin Partners LBO, a buyout fund.

Guthart serves as chairman of Security First Corp., a developer of integrated security cryptographic chip solutions.

“Leo Guthart is an icon in the security industry. We are delighted that he has chosen to assist and give direction to our existing business and technology. He will evaluate and present various opportunities and alternatives. His knowledge and expertise will propel us to the next level of success. View’s strategy to acquire and merge with other companies and products is greatly enhanced. We are confident that, with Leo Guthart’s guidance, we can finance our growth and enhance shareholder value,” Martin Maassen, chairman of View Systems, said in a prepared statement.

Silent Knight expands into mass notification, CO detection training

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05/15/2013

NORTHFORD, Conn.—Silent Knight by Honeywell is announcing that its nationwide series of fire alarm training courses have been expanded to cover mass notification and carbon monoxide capabilities, according to company statement.

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