Boss Controls Implements Energy Efficiency Devices In Pittsburgh Vending Machines

May 20, 2015

The city of Pittsburgh, BOSS Controls, Carnegie Mellon University and other private entities have joined forces to implement energy efficiency around the city as part of the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC).

At no cost to the city, BOSS Controls will install smart plugs on various devices in city of Pittsburgh buildings, Carnegie Mellon University, the US Steel Tower, Black Box Corporation’s Headquarters and ABM Building Solutions LLC. Devices are being installed on, but not limited to window air conditioning units, vending machines, and water coolers. When not in use, the devices will turn off, and result in energy and cost savings. 

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and US Ignite launched the GCTC in the fall of 2014 and since then, this challenge has captured the attention of public-private partnerships that together have adopted and accelerated Internet of Things (IoT) deployments within smart city/smart community environments.

The challenge is open to any organization or individual willing to work with a collaborative team on IoT projects on a voluntary basis. The city of Pittsburgh with BOSS Controls and Carnegie Mellon University will present their work at the Global City Teams Festival, June 1 in Washington D.C.

According to the DOE, $60 billion in energy costs can be saved in the US alone with the implementation of energy efficiency devices.