It’s Late September; I Really Should Be Back at School

OK, we’re off by a day. It’s October 1.  Nevertheless, student housing facilities represent a significant percentage of Telkonet’s audience. The fall semester has arrived. This is a good time to remind facilities engineers that they have remote control of dorm room climate controls. And if they don’t, they should. Students had the summer off. …

Get to Know Our Industry Terms, Part 2

A Handy List of In-Room Energy Management Industry Terms, Part 2 Based on the numerous questions we receive and conversations we have with customers, we’ve compiled a handy list of industry terms. In this post, we present communication protocol terms. API Technology An API (Application Programming Interface) enables an application from one company to “talk” …

Customize Your Alerts

State-of-the-art energy management systems collect a massive cache of relevant, granular data. One of the countless ways to take advantage of this mountain of data is to set up alert triggers. Configure alerts to warn you of potentially significant events like impending HVAC breakdowns or relatively minor circumstances like low battery power. And, beyond simply issuing warnings, …

Building Automation: Until You See Me, I Do Not Exist

In the African Zulu language, the typical greeting is Sawubona. Unlike the English “Hello”, it is a more personal and respectful statement which means, “I see you”. And the traditional answer to “I see you” is Ngikhona, which means, “I am here.” It tells the other that you acknowledge you have been seen, and you …

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee Combination in MDUs

Technology creates new opportunities every single day. In the world of multi-dwelling units (condos, apartment complexes, and the like) a hodgepodge of communication protocols exists, on different levels. We are talking specifically about:       Wi-Fi,       Bluetooth, and       Zigbee. These protocols are powerful, invisible, essential. They are separate …

Six Actions a Room-Level Automation Can Perform With a VRF System

VRF systems have been used in the United States for about 20 years. However, they’ve been popular elsewhere around the world for many years before that. With VRF technology, multiple indoor units or zones operate on the same system.  VRF systems are designed with two components: indoor and outdoor. Multiple indoor units can be controlled …