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Unilectric Introduces Smart Home Technology at CES 2017 - Unilectric Energy Controller (UEC) Monitors and Manages Power at the Circuit Level

UEC Gives Insights into Energy Consumption, Safety, and Security - Automated Demand Response (ADR) Capabilities Help Reduce Peak Loads

January 05, 2017 --

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Unilectric, a developer of energy management, control and safety technology, will introduce its innovative home automation product, the Unilectric Energy Controller (UEC), at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 5 - 8, 2017. Employing circuit-level digital instrumentation, the UEC manages the electrical network to drive a cloud-based solution for energy management, safety, and security. Complementing the custom designed hardware is a suite of mobile and web applications for managing the system.

At CES, Unilectric will showcase the UEC in the Eureka Park section, Booth 51018, by providing a demonstration of its circuit-level control, measurement and analytic capabilities. The UEC, in concert with its cloud-based analytics tools, supports a wide range of home and business applications such as automating actions to streamline energy control, reducing energy consumption, ensuring safety, and enhancing security. The product also utilizes a set of proprietary disaggregation algorithms both to actively monitor performance and to spot potential problems affecting appliances and other devices, making it an attractive solution for residential and industrial customers.

The UEC is modular, globally capable, and easily scalable thus offering broad applicability across residential and commercial environments for US and World markets. A key feature is the implementation of a utility-driven Automated Demand Response (ADR) function useful in reducing power usage during peak periods (with user notification and control of each event).  For example, a user can pre-set rules to restrict usage of devices or change HVAC settings during peak periods.

Highlights of the UEC system include:

  • Automated monitoring and control of each circuit (8k samples/second on each circuit)
  • Remote control and notification (mobile and web applications)
  • Manage energy usage per circuit and per individual device (meter quality power measurements)
  • World power capable (1, 2 and 3 phase, 50-60Hz, 110 640V)
  • Monitoring of individual device health
  • Participation in utility-initiated power reduction programs such as Automated Demand Response (ADR) with full user notification and control
  • Integrates into existing IoT home automation networks (e.g. Samsung's SmartThings)
  • Independent cloud storage and energy usage analytics

Guided by an experienced team, and possessing a current international patent portfolio of more than 30 assets with additional patent filings in progress, Unilectric is actively seeking partnerships to commercialize its technology.

IoT Research firm Parks Associates notes that nearly 50% of U.S. broadband households plan to buy a smart home device in the next 12 months, but at the end of 2016, there still were over 100 million U.S. households that did not have a smart home device.

"Unilectric offers a "highly differentiated solution" that is a key component for smart home and energy management which addresses key value propositions for consumers, businesses and channel partners, said Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates. "It enables new business models for energy services, cross selling with home services, lead generation, insurance loss mitigation, demand response and aging in place solutions." 

Dan Van Ostrand, CEO of Unilectric, states, "Effective energy management is comprised of both measurements and actions.  Most energy management company products are really only energy monitors. Many of these companies believe that measuring a subset of select circuits or using software algorithms to divine individual device consumption from the total power measurement is sufficient. That is like selling a car with a speedometer and gas gauge but no steering wheel or brake pedal. We believe that 'knowing your power is only the beginning' of what is necessary to truly achieve energy efficiency and unlock the power of technology to truly integrate home and building automation, improve safety and enhance security.  We monitor and control every circuit, identify each device, look for anomalous usage or device behavior, communicate with Utilities to reduce peak demand and seamlessly interact with other devices in the home or building to provide the most advanced energy management platform on the market. This is the future of true home and building automation."

Visit Unilectric at CES 2017 on January 5-8, 2017 at Eureka Park in the Sands Expo Center, Level 1, Hall G, Booth 51018.  Eureka Park ( is a specialized exhibit area that provides startups a unique exhibiting opportunity to launch a new product, service or idea.

About Unilectric, LLC
Founded in Round Rock, Texas in 2015, the core ideas for the Unilectric system were conceived by a handful of visionary technologists who understood that the industry needed a solution providing both advanced energy management hardware and powerful analytics. Unilectric has developed an energy technology system that provides multi-layer event processing to achieve control, energy efficiency, safety, and security that synergistically integrates with existing home management products.  The product offering is expanding to meet the far-ranging demands of every conceivable customer; from home and small business owners to major utilities and big data users.

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