Sensibo: When A/Cs smartly adjust to people’s lifestyle

1) Uncontrolled A/C systems in transportation and public buildings is a major issue that makes daily life uncomfortable and unhealthy for many New Yorkers in the Summer. In addition, public and private air conditioning systems are energy intensive and cost a lot to customers each year.

2) Article: http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/07/sensibo-will-give-your-air-conditioners-nest-like-intelligence-and-remote-control/

  • Sensibo is a start up that commercializes climate control devices/pods, making existing remote controlled air conditioners smarter and controllable from anywhere
  • Sensibo is a small IR compatible pod that contains different sensors (temperature, humidity, iBecons, Light sensor, IR receiver) and that is fixed on existing air conditioners and connected to an app. It makes the air temperature and fan speed vary thanks to location-based activation (it turns of when you leave the room or home) or timer settings (you can cool your home before you arrive), or temperature and humidity-based A/C level optimization
  • Sensibo enables different A/C units from different types to be all controlled using one simple interface – to manage an entire building heating/cooling systems
  • The major benefits of the technology are: saving up to 40% of energy and reducing electricity bills AND enhancing thermal comfort in home or public indoor environments

3) I work for Sensibo and plan to deploy the Sensibo device in public buildings and university campus to benefit from the temperature and humidity-based A/C level optimization.

The stakeholders that will need to use the technology found are:

  • NYC Department of Buildings
  • Building owners/operators
  • Building Operation Manager in charge of Building Energy Management System (BEMS)
  • Thermal Systems Engineers
  • Sensibo

4) 3 implementation steps

  • Propose a partnership to the NYC Department of Buildings to launch a SMART A/C program throughout the city, targeting public buildings and university campus and launch pilot project on Columbia University Campus
  • Survey and report all existing remote controlled air conditioners in each of the campus’s building and facility and install the pods on each A/C unit to build a centrally controlled system at the university level
  • Measure energy cost reduction on pilot campus and expand the program citywide to other campus and city buildings and infrastructure.
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