A new partnership between Fujitsu General Australia and IoT devices manufacturer Nube iO aims to bring advanced control offerings to the market, including an app-based wi-fi control that allows users to manage their air conditioner from wherever they are, either inside or outside the home, using a smartphone, tablet, or voice command.
Fujitsu General director of sales, marketing, and product Dave Smith says it’s a major step for the HVAC sector.
“Air conditioning integrated with smart technology is the future of the industry, so it’s important to embrace rapidly evolving technology as soon as possible to be in the best position,” says Smith.
Nube iO will design, develop, and manufacture a range of IoT control devices for Fujitsu under the partnership, resulting in a suite of smart IoT controls under the anywAiR iO brand.
“We cannot wait to see … how new IoT controls will not only strengthen and diversify our product capability but represent a huge step forward for the relationship between technology and indoor comfort,” says Smith.
IoT describes the network of physical objects that can exchange data with other devices and systems over the internet using sensors and software, allowing the objects to perform automatic data-based functions that do not require physical input, such as human control. This wireless communication is designed to remove the frustrations of cabling in legacy automation solutions.
As part of the advanced control offerings to the market, Nube iO will help Fujitsu’s anywAiR iO gateway control various air conditioning equipment, including Fujitsu’s applied and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems, as well as other third-party equipment, including outdoor air fans.
Fujitsu says it will also be able to offer a range of wireless sensors that will benefit essential conditioning functions such as monitoring temperature and humidity, as well as carbon dioxide (CO2) and volatile organic compounds (VOC).
“In recent years, there have been significant advancements in IoT which have led to the technology becoming much more accessible,” says the company. “Smart sensing can be applied in numerous ways to help cool or heat indoor spaces more conveniently and efficiently.”
Image shows Fujitsu General director of sales, marketing and product Dave Smith (left) and Nube iO CEO Tom Fyfe.