The top-rated Total Connect Comfort thermostat app on Google Play™ and iTunes™ from Honeywell just got better with new features that enable homeowners to conveniently optimize comfort and energy consumption from anywhere in the world.
Scheduling any of Honeywell’s Wi-Fi or RedLINK™ connected thermostats, including its newest color-customizable Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat, from the app takes just minutes and now can be easily modified on-the-fly directly from the app – the perfect solution for busy homeowners who are constantly on the go but value comfort and efficiency.
The latest update to Honeywell’s Total Connect Comfort app comes on the heels of achieving an overall rating of 5 stars on iTunes and 4.6 stars on Google Play, making it the highest-rated thermostat app on the market. More than 2,700 Honeywell thermostat owners have raved about the app’s compatibility with an entire suite of thermostats (varying in price points and functionality), exceptional reliability, intuitive interface and virtually no downtime or connectivity issues.
To test out how easy it is to schedule a Honeywell thermostat from the Total Connect Comfort app, download it on Google Play or iTunes and select “Demo Mode.”
Honeywell Chairman and CEO Dave Cote spoke with Alan Murray, the President of the Pew Research Center and former Wall Street Journal (WSJ) editor, about a number of issues facing the U.S. including problems with debt and cyber security during a WSJ CFO Network conference.
“There’s about $2.5 trillion that’s been done at this point,” Cote explained, regarding progress on alleviating the nation’s debt. “The problem is the task is really, really big. Some would say there’s only another $1.5 trillion required – I’d argue that to get ourselves on the right path going into the next decade, there’s probably still more like another $3-4 trillion that’s needed, especially when it comes to entitlements. But just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean you give up. At the end of the day, you can’t be aware of an issue like that and not try – you have to at least try.”
“When it comes to the stuff I don’t think I can control… that’s the one that scares me the most,” Cote explained about cyber security. “That one worries me more than anything… We need harsher sentences for those people that are caught. And when it comes to the state-sponsored stuff, countries need to develop treaties about what’s allowed and what’s not. This is a whole new kind of warfare and we need to start establishing rules.”
The Wall Street Journal CFO Network is a membership of chief financial officers from the world’s top corporations. They convene on a bi-annual basis to debate and develop a strategic agenda for financial leadership.
A multitude of Honeywell products contributed to the successful maiden flight of the new Airbus A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) aircraft. The new A350 family provides long-range capability with seating capacities from 270 to 350 passengers and offers optimal efficiency through the A350 XWB’s commonality of systems.
As a Tier 1 Airbus designee, Honeywell provided a more comprehensive package of mechanical and avionics (electronics) products to the A350 XWB than any other current Airbus platform. Honeywell’s integrated mechanical components also helped make the aircraft more efficient, reliable and comfortable than ever before. The integration of critical systems helped reduce the overall weight of the aircraft, and the advanced HGT1700 Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) led to a 10 percent reduction in specific APU fuel use and an equivalent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
Honeywell’s avionics for the A350 XWB are built upon proven Airbus systems, providing the most advanced Flight Management System (FMS) and Aircraft Environment Surveillance System (AESS) available for a greater level of overall cockpit integration for pilots. Honeywell also provided passengers and crew with enhanced air management systems for a more refreshed, long-haul flying experience.
Honeywell announced today the opening of the Honeywell Ibasho House, a community gathering place in Massaki-Cho, Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture, dedicated to enriching the lives of elders affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011. Honeywell Chairman and CEO Dave Cote led the opening ceremony, joined by core project members and local dignitaries, including Mr. Kimiaki Toda, Ofunato City Mayor.
The Honeywell Ibasho House will be used for a variety of community programs run by volunteers from the local community. It embraces the active participation and self-sustainability of the community elders, who now have a place to share their experiences and wisdom with younger generations, and feel at home again.
“Honeywell is committed to helping Japan rebuild this community in cooperation with our partners, the people in the community, and the city of Ofunato,” said Cote. “As we express our appreciation and good will for the community on this opening day, it is our hope that the Honeywell Ibasho House will serve the region’s elders with healthcare and social programs for generations to come.”
South Sioux City, Nebraska will be the first municipality to implement Honeywell’s Total Connect Comfort with ADR, a new Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat for the home that connects with a suite of utility technology and services to manage energy consumption, as part of a city-wide effort to cut energy consumption and costs. The solution will help South Sioux City homeowners trim their electricity bills, which have risen an average of 6 percent for the past three years, and reduce their energy use when demand spikes to avoid brownouts and blackouts during summer’s hottest days.
The 13,000 residents participating will receive a Honeywell Wi-Fi programmable thermostat free of charge. They’ll also utilize Honeywell’s Total Connect Comfort app, the highest-rated thermostat application in both iTunes® and Google Play™, where they can program and adjust their temperature and manage energy use from the living room couch or around the world with a smart phone or any Web-connected device.
The South Sioux City project is the cornerstone of a broader $5.4-million infrastructure improvement project with Honeywell, which is expected to help the city better track and manage energy use, stabilize electricity rates, and generate more than $800,000 in energy and operational savings each year.
The June issue of Harvard Business Review features an article written by Dave Cote, Chairman and CEO of Honeywell, in the How I Did It section titled “Honeywell’s CEO on How He Avoided Layoffs.” In response to the 2008/2009 recession, Honeywell engaged in employee furloughs – a temporary unpaid leave without job loss – instead of mass layoffs to preserving the company’s industrial base. Cote illustrated how the cost of layoffs could ultimately hurt the company more than it would help, due to severance pay, outplacement services, and other similar costs.
“Think for a minute about the costs of a layoff the way you’d think about a traditional investment in a plant or equipment,” Cote proposed. “Imagine going to your boss and saying, ‘I want to spend $10 million on a new factory. It will take us six months to break even on it, and then we’ll get to run the factory for six months. But at that point we’re going to need to shut it down.’ You’d never do that—yet when it comes to restructuring costs to lay off employees, everyone seems to think it makes sense.”
“I’ve been a leader during three recessions,” Cote explained, “and I’ve never heard a management team talk about how the choices they make during a downturn will affect performance during the recovery. But in 2008 and 2009 I kept reiterating that point: There will be a recovery, and we need to be prepared for it.”
Click here to read an excerpt of the article on HBR.org.