Heatmiser have taken the wraps off their Neo smart home heating control system and released several videos. Scheduled to go on sale in January, neo comprises of three main components.
neoStat (£69) – The neo Stat can usually be installed without any additional wiring and can be a thermostat or a timer by simply changing the setup in its software. A separate hot water model, the neoStat-hw offers changeover contacts so can be used on standard or mid position valve systems.
neoApp (Free) – Once fitted you’ll be able to control your heating from your smartphone, tablet or other mobile device with Internet access using the neo App for iOS and Android.
Heatmiser tell us their “Control from Anywhere” service will be free (subject to a fair use policy) and in future there may be add-on services that may have a subscription.
There will initially be 2 starter packs available, the neoKit 1 (£199) comprises of the Hub a single Stat and the free app and should be ideal for those with a basic thermostat setup wanting to upgrade and control their heating from anywhere.
The neoKit 2 (£265) includes everything from Kit 1 plus the addition of the the stat-hw for controlling your hot water too. Heatmiser say this kit will be perfect as an upgrade route for the vast majority of people that have a single dial thermostat and programmer.
Just fit the neoStat in place of the existing thermostat and neoStat-hw in place of your programmer. In either kit the output from the Neo can be taken to the valve which will then trigger from the end switch to the boiler, or can be wired directly to the boiler. Both kits are available with either Sapphire Black or Glacier White thermostats and Heatmiser say everything has been designed with easy retro-fitting in mind.
neo uses “profiles” and users are able to switch heating control parameters from the neoApp. You may have a different profile for the weekend, work pattern, month or seasons.
Integration – Heatmiser describe the neo as “Developer Friendly” and point out that they have published their communications protocol. In addition they and are releasing a new neoAPl that will be open to any developer or user that wants to write their own new modules for the neoStats.
As always we asked Heatmiser for some more details on the API and integrating neo with other home automation systems. They told us…
Third party developers can integrate with the Heatmiser Cloud Server, which handles the connection to the neoHub. The Neo system is mesh (ZigBee) based, however this isn’t open. The API is JSON based, and has been designed to be easy for third parties to integrate with. Extra vegetables are the first integrator that have signed up to develop a Control4 driver and URC module.
Heatmiser will also sell the neoX Repeater (pictured above) to help propagate the mesh network where required in larger homes. In addition they tell us they have a host of new products set to join the Neo family in 2014 and their “Over the Air” updates will ensure customers systems are updated ready to take advantage of the new functionality as it becomes available.
The neo system is available for pre-order now and anyone registering before 26th January 2014 will receive a coupon for a 15% discount off the system. See the link below for more details.
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