Pittsburgh Signs On For 'Smart Plugs' On Vending Machines, Water Coolers

Posted On: 6/15/2016

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TAGS: vending machine power reduction, Pittsburgh smart plug regulation, BOSS Controls LLC, Internet of Things energy-management controls, Grant Ervin, Mayor William Peduto

PITTSBURGH -- BOSS Controls LLC, an Internet of Things energy-management controls company, said the city of Pittsburgh has placed a purchase order for its "smart plug" solution.

Pittsburgh first implemented BOSS's energy-savings devices as part of the 2015 Global City Team Challenge launched by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and U.S. Ignite. BOSS Controls installed smart plugs on various devices, including vending machines, water coolers and window air conditioning units in Pittsburgh buildings. When not in use, the devices turn off resulting in energy and cost savings. | READ MORE

Up to one-third of energy lost in a commercial building occurs at the plug level, according to BOSS. The company claims that by installing its system, building owners and property managers can take full control of plug load energy waste and generate measurable ROI for every device that is plugged into the wall.

BOSS Controls smart plugs are available in 120V and 220V models.

"Deploying the BOSS technology is a direct response to our desire to reduce energy consumption, conserve energy, adopt best practices and provide the city with a solution that supports our energy savings initiatives," said Grant Ervin, sustainability manager for the office of Mayor William Peduto. He boasted that Pittsburgh is at the forefront of "implementing energy efficiency-related initiatives for achieving energy and climate goals."