At its core, the Internet of Things (IoT) is simply about connecting devices over the internet, and letting them talk to us, applications, and each other. You can install expensive smart home controllers, as long as your customers are keen to buy all the compatible devices to go with them.
It’s not surprising that where the IoT is most common, in the UK and Ireland at least, is home heating and energy use. But do not confuse the roll out of free smart meters with IoT that benefits your customers. In practice, all the free meters do is to let customers know how much energy they’re going to have to pay for and to automate meter reading for the benefit of the energy companies. They don’t put the bill payer in the driving seat.
Now Timeguard has changed that. Appliances don’t need to be ‘wi-fi ready’ to be controlled from your phone any more. All you need to do is replace a fused spur or switch with one of Timeguard’s new FST Wi Fi units, pair it with your home wi fi and download the free Timeguard App. Then any space or water heater can become part of the Internet of Things. There’s even a weatherproof option to control outdoor heaters and lights.
The new devices put you in remote control over the biggest energy guzzlers in your property, be it your own home, a shop or office, a rental flat or house or a whole accommodation block with shared wi-fi access.
The App enables you to set on and off times, add an extra ‘boost’ hour if needed, and just to check at-a-glance whether or not something is on or off. You can control multiple FST WiFi units from the App and allocate limited control over specific appliances to sub users such as family members, colleagues tenants etc. And, of course, this ingenious unit also provides essential fused spur protection for each appliance.