Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool Corp. today announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas the expansion of its smart home appliance ecosystem through a collaboration with commercial and consumer electronics company Honeywell International Inc.
Users will be able to connect smart phone appliances via WI-FI from Whirlpool to Honeywell’s line of connected thermostats, allowing for remote management of their appliance operating modes and energy outputs. Other connected appliance offerings are being explored, as well.
“This collaboration with Honeywell is another example of how Whirlpool Corp. is working to make the connected home a reality, with functionalities that are both convenient and purposeful for our consumers,” says Brett Dibkey, Whirlpool Corp.’s vice president of brand and strategy in North America. “The capabilities made possible through this collaboration will help homeowners take the guesswork out of home appliance energy management while they’re away, and bring peace of mind that their appliances are operating according to their personal preference.”
In 2018 connected capabilities between Whirlpool Corp. appliances and Honeywell thermostats will be available on more than 25 Whirlpool brand appliances.
“We’re pleased to be collaborating with Whirlpool Corporation to help consumers keep their homes comfortable, secure, and operating more efficiently,” says Scott Harkins, vice president and general manager of connected homes for Honeywell Home and Building Technologies. “This integration with Whirlpool, a leader in the home appliance space, allows us to continue to offer homeowners an even easier, more seamless opportunity to make smarter decisions, specifically as it relates to energy use.”
Whirlpool reported approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 93,000 employees, and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2016. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit and other major brand names worldwide.
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