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News Article | July 25, 2017
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CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Amid the hottest time of the year, consumer advocates joined with Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) and the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) Tuesday to make Chicago-area consumers aware that cooling an empty home, while they are away at work or on vacation, can cause summer energy bills to soar. Smart thermostats provide the easy solution to high seasonal bills, and this summer, northern Illinois consumers can take advantage of unprecedented rebates as part of one of the largest thermostat rebate programs in the country. The "One Million Smart Thermostats" initiative, launched in October 2015, is a partnership between the utilities and the advocacy groups Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) and Citizens Utility Board (CUB). Under this initiative smart thermostats are eligible for up to $150 in rebates offered by ComEd and other Illinois gas utilities for customers with WiFi, central air and a furnace. The rebates can help cut the cost of some of these smart devices by more than 50 percent, and give more control to northern Illinois consumers to save money by reducing wasteful energy use. The goal of the program this year is to double the adoption to 100,000 smart thermostats in households across Illinois. To help create awareness and boost adoption, ComEd has launched an educational campaign and a new instant discount option for customers. “ComEd’s smart thermostat rebate initiative is one of the largest and most active programs in the nation, reducing up-front costs for our customers on a product that gives them more control and even greater savings over time. With just a few taps on a smart thermostat app, customers can manage their household temperature while away from home avoiding unnecessary energy use and costs," said ComEd President & CEO Anne Pramaggiore. Smart thermostats are WiFi-enabled devices that allow residents to easily control the heating and air conditioning settings through their smartphones, tablets, and computers. The technology is smart because it learns or adapts to user behavior over time and can generate energy savings with very little effort. Residents remain comfortable when home and save money on heating and cooling energy costs while away at work or on vacation. “Smart thermostats do the work for you – they adjust the temperature automatically when you’re not home," said Rob Kelter, senior attorney for ELPC. "We want even more customers to take advantage of the great technological innovation of smart thermostats and keep more money in their pockets.” CUB Executive Director David Kolata said smart thermostats can help consumers cut their cooling costs by an estimated 10 to 20 percent. “Smart thermostats prove just how easy and effective energy efficiency can be,” Kolata said. “The savings from these easy-to-use devices could be substantial—potentially cutting northern Illinois electric bills by millions of dollars. We urge ComEd customers to take advantage of the unprecedented discounts - available online and in stores- to buy a smart thermostat this summer.” “The best way for consumers to control their electric bills, and help the environment, is to reduce consumption,” said Brien J. Sheahan, Chairman of the ICC. “Smart thermostats give consumers greater control of, and visibility into, their energy use which promotes conservation and helps save money.” To make it easier for customers to redeem rebates, ComEd launched a new website, ComEdMarketplace.com, where customers can shop for smart thermostats and other top-rated energy products and take advantage of online instant rebates that reduce purchase costs. ComEd officials said the smart thermostat program is part of one of the nation’s best-performing energy efficiency programs, saving consumers some $2.5 billion. The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program is about to get even better, thanks to the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA), a bipartisan bill that passed the Illinois General Assembly late in 2016 and was signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner. In June, ComEd filed with the ICC a new Energy Efficiency Program, under FEJA. The law will double customer savings and reduce electricity use in Illinois by 21 percent by 2030. Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.9 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit ComEd.com, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The Environmental Law & Policy Center is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. We develop and lead successful strategic advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural resources. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business deal making with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. Created by the Illinois Legislature, CUB opened its doors in 1984 to represent the interests of residential and small-business utility customers. Since then, the nonprofit utility watchdog group has saved consumers more than $20 billion by helping to block rate hikes and secure refunds. For more details, call CUB’s Consumer Hotline, 1-800-669-5556, or visit CUB’s award-winning website, www.CitizensUtilityBoard.org. ecobee Inc. introduced the world’s first smart wi-fi smart thermostat to help millions of customers save money, conserve energy and seamlessly bring home automation into their lives. The company’s first flagship consumer device – ecobee3 – introduced pioneering room sensor technology to deliver comfort in the rooms that matter most, leading it to become a top-selling smart thermostat on the market and achieve a No. 1 ranking on Navigant’s Smart Thermostat Leaderboard. Learn more about ecobee and its smart home technologies at www.ecobee.com. Nest’s mission is to create a home that’s thoughtful - one that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it. The company focuses on simple, beautiful and delightful hardware, software and services. The Nest Learning Thermostat™ and Nest Energy Services keep you comfortable and address home energy consumption. The Nest Protect™ smoke and carbon monoxide alarm helps keep you safe and Nest Safety Rewards lets you save money through participating home insurance providers, while Nest Cam™ keeps an eye on what matters most inside and outside your home. For more information, visit www.nest.com.


LOS ANGELES, June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today joined smart thermostat provider Nest to announce the preliminary results of last winter's Seasonal Savings program. Initial results from the energy efficiency pilot program indicate that Nest smart...


News Article | June 2, 2017
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PALO ALTO, Calif. & TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nest Labs, Inc. and ecobee Inc. today announced that they have reached a long-term patent cross-license agreement reflecting the respective strength of the companies’ investments in innovation. Nest and ecobee believe that this patent accord promotes product innovation and consumer choice in the market for smart home products. The details of the agreement are confidential. ecobee Inc. introduced the world’s first wi-fi smart thermostat to help millions of customers save money, conserve energy and seamlessly bring home automation into their lives. The company’s first flagship consumer device – ecobee3 – introduced pioneering room sensor technology to deliver comfort in the rooms that matter most. Most recently ecobee announced its next generation smart thermostat: ecobee4. With built-in Amazon Alexa Voice Service and far-field voice recognition, ecobee4 combines smart thermostat functionality and room sensor technology with voice to help customers manage their home’s comfort, energy and busy lives. Nest’s mission is to create a home that’s thoughtful - one that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it. The company focuses on simple, beautiful and delightful hardware, software and services. The Nest Learning Thermostat™ and Nest Energy Services keep you comfortable and address home energy consumption. The Nest Protect™ smoke and carbon monoxide alarm helps keep you safe and Nest Safety Rewards lets you save money through participating home insurance providers, while Nest Cam™ keeps an eye on what matters most inside and outside your home. Nest products are sold in the U.S., U.K., Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain and Mexico and are installed in more than 190 countries. The Nest Learning Thermostat has helped save approximately thirteen billion kWh of energy to date. Through the Works with Nest program, third-party products can securely connect with Nest devices to make homes safer, more energy efficient, and more aware. For more information, visit www.nest.com.


PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nest Labs, Inc. (www.nest.com), architect of the thoughtful home, today announced the Nest Cam IQ indoor security camera, offering best-in-class imaging and intelligent features to serve up the most important, actionable information – like knowing your child arrived home safely, or that there’s a stranger in your home – so you can spend more time living your life, and less time managing your security. Instead of just showing you what’s happening, Nest Cam IQ is smart enough to differentiate between a person and your cat and can alert you accordingly - with no subscription required. When it detects a person, it can send a person alert to your phone and will automatically zoom in on and track the person in the frame so you can get better information about who they are and what they’re doing. And with a Nest Aware subscription, you can even get personalized alerts based on who is in the house (e.g. the name of a family member, the dog sitter or a stranger). “When designing Nest Cam IQ, we focused on what we’ve learned from our customers, which is that people don’t want more information, they want insights,” said Matt Rogers, Nest co-founder and chief product officer. “So we combined intelligence with excellent image and sound quality to deliver the insights customers need, at the right time. These insights can range from telling you the kids are home from school to sending an alert if an unfamiliar person is in the living room.” The Nest Cam IQ customer experience starts with a strong foundation of hardware and software: Having a security camera doesn’t matter if you’re not watching your video stream at the right time, so Nest Cam IQ comes with intelligence out-of-the-box so you know what’s happening, when it matters. With Nest Cam IQ, person alerts are only the first layer of intelligent alerts. If a customer subscribes to Nest Aware, the camera will get an extra layer of intelligence, and continuous cloud video storage: And with Nest Aware, customers will also benefit from existing features, including 10- or 30-day video history that you can browse in seconds using Sightline, clip and timelapse creation and sharing, and Activity Zones with automatic door detection for even more precise notifications. Nest’s mission is to create a home that’s thoughtful - one that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it. The company focuses on simple, beautiful and delightful hardware, software and services. The Nest Learning ThermostatTM and Nest Energy Services keep you comfortable and address home energy consumption. The Nest ProtectTM smoke and carbon monoxide alarm helps keep you safe and Nest Safety Rewards lets you save money through participating home insurance providers, while Nest CamTM keeps an eye on what matters most inside and outside your home. Nest products are sold in the U.S., U.K., Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain and Mexico and are installed in more than 190 countries. The Nest Learning Thermostat has helped save approximately thirteen billion kWh of energy to date. Through the Works with Nest program, third-party products can securely connect with Nest devices to make homes safer, more energy efficient, and more aware. 1 Familiar face alerts are not available on Nest Cams used in Illinois.


SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nest Labs, Inc. (nest.com), architect of the thoughtful home, today announced a home security solution that includes the Nest Secure alarm system, Nest Hello video doorbell, Nest Cam IQ outdoor security camera, and corresponding software and services. “Today, Nest is delivering on the next phase of our strategy to create the thoughtful home,” said Marwan Fawaz, chief executive officer of Nest. “We’ve had quite a year so far, expanding into 11 more countries, growing our product portfolio with the successful launches of Nest Cam IQ indoor and the Nest Thermostat E, and today we’re disrupting yet another product industry: home security. By building product experiences our customers love, Nest has experienced more than 60 percent growth on devices shipped in recent years and continues to expand to millions of homes around the world.” Nest Secure is the first alarm system that is actually enjoyable to live with, designed to be convenient for homeowners as they come and go. “When we looked at the home security market, we saw a similar landscape to when we entered the thermostat market,” said Matt Rogers, Nest’s founder and chief product officer. “Just as people tend not to use programmable thermostats because of their complexity, the current home security offerings are also a huge pain to live with – whether it’s bulky hardware, false alarms or loud and stressful countdowns. That’s why 43 percent of people with alarm systems don’t ever arm them.* We set out to design a product that isn’t just effective during a security incident, but is delightful and easy to use when people are at home with their families, living their lives, which is the vast majority of the time.” Everyone in the family has a different routine, so Nest provides multiple ways to arm and disarm: by tapping Nest Tag onto Nest Guard, through the Nest app, or by entering a code on the Nest Guard keypad. Nest Secure makes it easy to monitor from anywhere, sending a notification if something needs attention. Customers have the option to add additional monitoring and deterrence by adding Nest Cams to their system, which are all controlled from the same Nest app. Nest Detect sensors combine both motion and open/close detection so they can be placed on either doors, windows or walls. They also provide the option to temporarily bypass the alarm on the way out, with the press of a button, thanks to a feature called Quiet Open. And if someone forgets to turn on the alarm? Nest sends a Remind Me notification to arm it directly from the app. Nest Guard is designed to remain on guard – with battery backup and an optional cellular backup service – even if Wi-Fi is down or the power is out. And with an easy, voice-guided setup that doesn’t require tools, screws or wires, it’s simple for either the customer or a Nest Pro to install. Today, Nest is shipping intelligent and powerful cameras. But there is one important area of the home not completely addressed by Nest Cams – the front door. It’s the place people come in and out. Where the action happens. And one of the first places burglars check for occupants. Nest Hello can detect a person, then send an alert and a snapshot, even if that person doesn’t ring the bell. With Nest Aware, customers can get alerts when strangers or suspicious activity like people talking or dogs barking are detected. Nest Hello customers can engage with guests and strangers at the door from anywhere and have a natural conversation with HD Talk and Listen. Echo suppression and ambient noise cancellation ensure it’s easy to hear each other, even on noisy streets. A list of pre-recorded responses makes it easy to quickly and effortlessly answer visitors with one tap from the app. Buying a security camera is driven by the peace of mind that comes from knowing the home and family are protected. But when it comes to keeping an eye on the home, we know people don’t want more information, they want better, actionable information. Earlier this year, with the launch of Nest Cam IQ indoor, Nest introduced one of the most intelligent and powerful cameras on the market to bring better security to the inside of your home. Now, Nest is extending that intelligence outside. Featuring a brand new design, Nest Cam IQ outdoor is a camera that does more and requires less time from customers. Instead of just showing what’s happening, it will deliver critical, actionable information via an alert – like spotting someone unfamiliar in the yard – so users know that the alert is important. Not only is Nest bringing new hardware to its camera portfolio, but will provide customers the option to add the Google Assistant to Nest Cam IQ indoor. It’s the first security camera to have the Google Assistant built in, and will be available via a free software update for all current and new customers this winter. The Google Assistant adds a new level of intelligence to Nest Cam IQ indoor, including the ability to ask questions, control the home, and manage tasks. Through the Works with Nest program, Nest has been working with partners to create integrations with its portfolio of new security products. As previously announced, Nest has been working with Yale, which brings 175 years of expertise in locks, to build a modern take on a secure deadbolt. The new lock, as well as Nest’s own products, leverages both the Thread and Weave technologies to securely communicate with Nest Secure and other Nest products, even if the power is out or there's no Internet connection. The Nest + Yale lock will be available early next year. Customers can disarm the Nest Secure alarm system when they unlock the Nest + Yale lock, and they’ll be able to unlock the door when they notice a friend (or delivery person) through the Nest Hello video doorbell. Nest will also launch a new accessory, called Nest Connect, that will ensure Nest Secure will work in large homes, as well as enable the Nest + Yale lock, and similar products, to connect to the Internet and be controllable via the Nest App. When it comes to security, making a home seem like it’s occupied can provide powerful deterrence. Works with Nest products including lights, switches and plugs from companies such as Lutron, LIFX, and Philips can connect with Nest security products to make it look like you’re home when Nest notices you’re away. That can help prevent break-ins from happening. And with Chamberlain’s MyQ-enabled garage door openers, users can get a notification if they’ve left their garage door open. Then they can close it from wherever they are with a tap on their phone. The Works with Nest program, using technologies such as Thread and Weave, enables Nest products to work seamlessly with products from other manufacturers as a complete system. Nest Secure can be pre-ordered beginning today on nest.com and will ship in November, when it will become available at leading retailers in the U.S. And we’ll be launching Nest Secure in Europe and Canada next year. Nest Cam IQ outdoor will be launching in the United States, Canada and all Nest European markets in November at leading retailers, and can be pre-ordered on nest.com beginning today. Nest Hello will be available in the U.S. and Canada in the first quarter of 2018, and Europe later next year. Visit the Nest Hello page for more information. Nest’s mission is to create a home that’s thoughtful – one that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it. The company focuses on simple, beautiful and delightful hardware, software and services. The Nest Thermostat E™, Nest Learning Thermostat™, and Nest Energy Services keep you comfortable and address home energy consumption. The Nest Protect™ smoke and carbon monoxide alarm helps keep you safe, and Nest Safety Rewards lets you save money through participating home insurance providers, while Nest Cam™ keeps an eye on what matters most inside and outside your home. Nest products are sold in 18 countries across the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific and are installed in every country in the world. The Nest Learning Thermostat has helped save approximately 14 billion kWh of energy to date, enough electricity to power New York State for 100 days. Through the Works with Nest program, third-party products can securely connect with Nest devices to make homes safer, more energy efficient and more aware. For more information, visit nest.com.


Sondhi S.,Titli Trust | Valappil B.,Nest | Sondhi Y.,Titli Trust | Sondhi Y.,Indian Institute of Science | Sondhi A.,Titli Trust
Journal of Threatened Taxa | Year: 2017

Forty-two (42) species of butterflies were recorded from a short survey of Ladakh and Lahaul in the inner Himalaya in Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. Here, we provide location and altitude records for these species, data on their abundance, photo-documentation of the life cycle of Pieris deota and P. brassicae as well as the first published record of a larval host plant for P. deota. Twelve (12) of these species are protected under Schedule II of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. © Sondhi et al. 2017.


Abbandonato G.,NEST | Storti B.,NEST | Signore G.,Center for Nanotechnology Innovation at | Beltram F.,NEST | Bizzarri R.,NEST
Microscopy Research and Technique | Year: 2016

Reversible photoswitching has been proposed as a way to identify molecules that are present in small numbers over a large, non-switching, background. This approach, called optical-lock-in-detection (OLID) requires the deterministic control of the fluorescence of a photochromic emitter through optical modulation between a bright (on) and a dark state (off). OLID yields a high-contrast map where the switching molecules are pinpointed, but the fractional intensities of the emitters are not returned. The present work presents a modified OLID approach (quantitative OLID or qOLID) that yields quantitative information of the switching (fSW) and non-switching (fNS) components. After the validation of the method with a sample dataset and image sequence, we apply qOLID to measurements in cells that transiently express the photochromic protein EYQ1. We show that qOLID is efficient in separating the modulated from the non-modulated signal, the latter deriving from background/autofluorescence or fluorophores emitting in the same spectral region. Finally, we apply qOLID to Förster (Fluorescence) Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) imaging. We here demonstrate that qOLID is able to highlight the distribution of FRET intensity in a sample by using a photochromic donor and a non-photochromic acceptor. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


Sreekumar A.,NeST | Meena A.,NeST | Shahabudeen S.,NeST
SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars - Electronic and Electrical Systems | Year: 2014

This paper presents an overview of the telematics domain, with specific focus on the Indian Market. Telematics service areas broadly includes V2X (vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure) and safety communications, fleet management and monitoring, vehicle security, diagnostics, emergency and roadside assistance, automatic crash notification, service appointment scheduling, toll collection, vehicle insurance. Navigation, infotainment and in-car communications are also closely related areas. An emerging trend is that V2X telematics may be delivered using smartphones and networks such as 4G. The primary reason is cost advantage in utilizing smartphones as the platform to bring services to vehicles. Smartphone based applications and web portals can be used to enable remote access features. In fact, if Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decides to eventually share the 5.9 GHz DSRC band, telematics may in fact rely much more on standard telecommunications infrastructure. Thus, a good strategy in the near future may be to reduce reliance on DSRC equipment in vehicles and use smartphones and standard 4G and other telecommunication infrastructure to provide useful telematics services, especially for emerging markets such as India. For India, where road and vehicle safety are major issues and opportunities for customized value added services abound, a detailed analysis of the trends in telematics is required. In terms of telematics services, India is significantly behind other BRICS countries such as China and Brazil. This paper presents some insights into technologies and services that are likely to take off in India in the near future. A user survey has been conducted to gauge the market preferences for Telematics services in India. © 2014 SAE International.


News Article | November 28, 2016
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As Katrina made landfall in the hurricane season of 2005 - emergency managers evacuating New Orleans, faced their biggest challenge - determining where, when, and who would be harmed the most. Photo -...


News Article | February 28, 2017
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LINCOLN, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Two of the Nebraska Education Savings Trust (NEST) college savings plans—NEST Advisor College Savings Plan and TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan—have each surpassed $1 billion in assets, as of February 17. Administered by Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg and managed by First National Bank of Omaha, total assets in all four NEST plans exceed $4.3 billion. “This is a remarkable achievement for NEST as it reflects our hard work on behalf of the families who place their financial trust in us,” said Treasurer Stenberg, NEST Trustee. “Our college savings plans have a lot to offer both in terms of value and variety, and providing strong performing plans with over $1 billion in assets under management is something we are very proud of.” In 2016, both the NEST Advisor Plan and TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan lowered their fees and made adjustments to their underlying funds, offering more savings options. NEST plans have earned high marks and received accolades from industry rating sites Morningstar and SavingforCollege.com. “With nearly a quarter of a million accounts open, NEST prides itself on providing robust savings programs for our investors,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. “As two of our plans each break the $1 billion benchmark, it’s clear that families across the country see the benefit of investing with NEST to grow their college savings nest eggs.” In addition to the NEST Advisor College Savings Plan and the TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, NEST offers the NEST Direct College Savings Plan and The State Farm College Savings Plan. The variety of investment options offered by NEST allows families to choose the plan that best fits the ages of their children, their budgets and their investment philosophies. For more information about NEST, visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov. NEST is a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan and provides four plans to help make saving for college simple and affordable: NEST Direct College Savings Plan, the NEST Advisor College Savings Plan, the TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, and The State Farm College Savings Plan. The Nebraska State Treasurer serves as Program Trustee. First National Bank serves as the Program Manager, and all investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. Families nationwide are saving for college using Nebraska's 529 College Savings Plans, which have more than 249,000 accounts, including 75,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information. About First National Bank of Omaha First National Bank of Omaha is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska is the largest privately owned banking company in the United States. First National and its affiliates have $20 billion in managed assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas. Investments Are Not FDIC Insured* - No Bank, State or Federal Guarantee - May Lose Value *Except the Bank Savings Individual Investment Option

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