What actually is the Internet of Things?
Each “thing”, and this could be your fridge, air conditioning system, television etc that is connected to a computer network would be assigned an IP address, This connectivity allows each “Thing” to send and receive information to and from any other “thing” much like a computer. This networked communication between each device means that any “thing” could receive instructions and process these instructions. For example, these instructions could be to increase or lower the temperature of your fridge or air conditioning system, or even place an order from your fridge when you have run out of milk! They can also provide information such as the accurate temperature of your fridge or room.
The Internet of Things and the HVAC Industry.
Currently, the “Internet of Things”, which is primarily based on machine-to-machine communication (commonly known as smart technology), allows you to control an air conditioning unit, heating system or a ventilation system using your smartphone, tablet, PC or another connected device. This allows users to control their system as long as they have a suitable internet connected device such as a tablet or smartphone etc. For the HVAC servicing company, this allows them to monitor and diagnose the HVAC systems without attending site and allows them, when required, to source parts far quicker.
Domestic customers are already seeing this change in their homes. British Gas has run a very successful campaign in recent years for their Hive Active Heating. This has allowed people to be anywhere in the world and as long as they are connected to the internet, turn on or change their heating settings in their home.
Industrial and Commercial HVAC
Mitsubishi Electric has described this product as “a new generation of Cloud-based control for Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning and Ecodan Heating products that provide users with effortless control of their devices whether they are out or are just lying on their sofa at home.
“Accessing and controlling your Mitsubishi Electric products has never been simpler and is now possible via a wide range of PCs, tablets and smartphones”.