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New smart air conditioning controller offers ability to track Volatile Organic Compounds

Slovenia-based Entia launches the Monolyth, aimed at customers without centralised AC systems, with new features, claimed to be ‘critical, even lifesaving’

Slovenia-based home automation company Entia has launched a smart AC controller that it says brings new functions to the market. Monolyth is able to track the behaviour of the system by mobile app or internet, but also actively tracks the levels of Volatile Organic Compounds in the room.

Monolyth chief executive Mark Umberger said:
“When looking at the market for a device that not only controls comfort levels and optimises energy consumption, there was no shortage. However two critical features, possibly even lifesaving, were missing.”

The firm said that while well-known brands, such as Nest Labs, offered a complete solution for those with central heating and cooling systems in their homes. Monolyth addresses ‘the ignored mass’ of the urban market who don’t have centralised systems.

Monolyth is controlled via WiFi on iOS and Android applications. The firm said that to adjust or control the AC, all that is needed is an internet connection and a phone or tablet, because it uses infra-red emitters.

As well as more conventional settings, such as set-up schedules, and the ability to configure push notifications, the app also considers current weather conditions and offers the ability to manage multiple Monolyth devices in multiple locations.

Mr Umberger said: “Monolyth will learn and adapt to your everyday schedule through multiple sensors that gather data from the surrounding environment. It will track what time you usually wake up, what time you leave the house and when you go to bed. Once Monolyth learns your schedule, it will automatically adjust the temperature. The longer the device is in use, the smarter it becomes.”

Use of the system could save up to 40 per cent on energy costs, the company said, thanks to automatic swich-off when the room is unoccupied.

Developers can use open developing tools to customise their own solutions and integrate Monolyth into third party systems.

Having developed working prototypes, the Monolyth team said it is planning to raise funds to initiate tooling and production,aiming to raise $50,000 from crowdsourcing. Its Indiegogo campaign launched today, offering an early bird special of $79 for the device, with a special discount for bundle packs. Anticipated retail price will be $149.

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