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Honeywell has announced Total Connect Comfort with automated demand response (ADR), a new Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat for the home that also connects with a suite of utility technology and services to manage energy consumption.

With this technology, Honeywell says utilities recruit homeowners to participate in ADR programs and customers receive a Wi-Fi programmable thermostat installed in their home free of charge. Using Honeywell's Total Connect Comfort app, homeowners can program and adjust their temperature and manage energy with a smartphone or any Web-connected device.

The Wi-Fi thermostat connects directly to smart grid technology developed by Honeywell's Akuacom business, whose software-as-a-service (SaaS) creates two-way communications between the utility and homes.

Honeywell says South Sioux City, Neb., will be the first community to deploy the new thermostat to help manage electricity costs for its 13,000 residents.

The South Sioux City program also includes installation of new electrical meters, an advanced metering infrastructure for the city and a new Honeywell-installed Wi-Fi network that will provide connectivity and communications for the upgrades, supply encrypted Wi-Fi for city emergency services and support other city initiatives.

Honeywell has begun installing the new equipment and expects to complete all improvements by year-end.

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