SilverPAC has announced a new touchscreen programmable thermostat that not only controls your heating and air conditioning, but can communicate with smart home meters, outlets, and switches to help you manage your entire household energy use. The SilverSTAT 7 features 802.11 WiFi, plus ZigBee and Z-Wave wireless communications. The 7in. (17.8cm) display can show energy use on a per-appliance basis to help you analyze and adjust your home’s consumption and efficiency.
The SilverSTAT 7 runs embedded Microsoft Windows CE 6.0 R3 on an Intel Atom platform. The device has an 802.11g WiFi interface for communicating with your home network and the Internet. It also features a Z-Wave home automation interface and an IEEE 802.15.4 ZigBee wireless interface for metering and lighting and appliance control. ZigBee is a communications protocol for wireless personal area networks (WPANs) that use low-power radios, and has been approved by the US Congress for devices that support emerging Smart Energy grids.
SilverPAC says that by combining energy use data from your household via ZigBee, and utility pricing information from the Internet, the SilverSTAT 7 can help you live greener by curbing your peak energy demand, and realizing energy and budget savings by turning off or rescheduling the use of appliances.
The SilverSTAT 7’s Windows CE platform means that the device can also run software app “smart gadgets” that stream photos, music, and other content from Live.com or your PC. You can also access your email, check stock prices, and view real-time weather forecasts. The unit also features a calendar and alarm scheduling feature.
SilverPAC SilverSTAT 7 specifications
- 7in. (17.8cm) touchscreen LCD
- Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3
- 7 day programmable thermostat for HVAC control
- IEEE 802.15.4 ZigBee wireless interface for monitoring smart meters
- 802.11g WiFi interface for home and internet network connection
- Z-Wave home automation interface for managing lighting and appliances
- 64 MB DDR RAM (upgradable to 128MB)
- 128 MB flash memory (upgradable to 4GB)
- USB port
The official release date for the SilverPAC SilverSTAT 7 has not been confirmed, but look for it in the second half of 2010. Pricing has not been set. For more details visit silverpac.com.