Saying that it includes all the hardware, firmware, software, and cloud services needed to create end-to-end connected HVAC solutions for residential and commercial buildings, Pulse Technologies, which offers home and building automation solutions and cloud services, has announced launching a new reference design for HVAC systems. The company claims that the Pulse platform has been under development for more than seven years, with a proven track record of five years of commercial deployment in projects around the world.
The manufacturer lists the following product features and advantages:
- The smart thermostat reference design enables manufacturers in the HVAC industry to fast-track development of an extensive array of advanced features, such as two-way remote control, mobile apps, energy monitoring, and cloud-based performance optimisation to their air conditioning and heating products,
- The new reference design can be used to create smart thermostats for upgrading conventional HVAC systems in existing homes and buildings, or for integration directly into next generation residential and commercial climate control products.
- Licensees can expand beyond smart thermostats for HVAC control, as the Pulse platform has support for intelligent lighting, motorised window treatments, energy metering, fault management, scheduling, scenes, multi-protocol integration, and rich application programming interfaces (API).
- Licensees can offer rich control, monitoring, and integration capabilities at a price that appeals to consumers and professional customers alike.
- Products integrating multiple building automation protocols, such as Z-Wave and KNX have already been developed based on the Pulse platform, and Pulse continues to expand protocol support in its reference designs to address the requirements of its partners.
“With the current industry hype about the ‘Internet of Things’ and smart appliances, manufacturers are looking for proven solutions to immediately address the very real need for intelligent climate control systems,” said Jimmy Grewal, co-founder and CEO, Pulse Technologies. “Many HVAC manufacturers find the task of developing software and cloud services both expensive and time consuming, but we are here to provide them the building blocks they need to get to market quicker and cheaper than if they were to build it themselves.”