Honeywell launches API for cloud-connected thermostat
Consumer product and engineering conglomerate Honeywell on Thursday announced the launch of an API programme that will enable development partners to build applications that integrate with the company’s thermostat products.
Honeywell says it is initially partnering with a handful of companies (some owned by the company, some not) to roll out the API programme, which it’s calling the Comfort Control API, and the company hopes to encourage development partners to come up with creative, value-added services that integrate with Honeywell’s thermostats.
For instance, Akuacom, a software as a service provider owned by Honeywell and one of the first companies to develop a platform with the API programme, created a cloud-based mobile app that links with Honeywell’s home temperature monitoring service to alert homeowners when temperatures in their residences are changed in order to optimise electricity consumption to help smooth out peaks in the grid – which they’re incentivised to do by their electricity providers.
Another company, Control4, is using the API to allow its customers to control and money their thermostats from smartphones, tablets and PCs.
“The key to these efforts is using innovative technology to help utilities offer comfort, convenience and control to their customers. The API creates a tighter bond between our utility and consumer technology, which ultimately means greater savings,” said Jeremy Eaton, vice president and general manager for Honeywell Smart Grid Solutions.
Honeywell originally launched its cloud platform in 2011 when smart meters first became all the rage, but this is the first time Honeywell is opening up its cloud platform (which it originally borrowed from its security business) publicly for developers to build services atop.