Honeywell Advances Home Energy Efficiency with a New, Smart Thermostat

A vice president at Honeywell, Daniel Sheflin manages a team of over 5,000 engineers working on new and exciting products. Daniel Sheflin’s portfolio includes research and development in the area of technology automation control solutions. He takes a particular interest in energy efficiency and smart grid technologies.

As a leader in household technologies, Honeywell continuously releases products that save homeowners time and money. One of the company’s recent introductions, the Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat, promises to give homeowners greater control over their energy usage and comfort at home.

One of the new product’s signature features, voice control, allows users to voice statements such as “I’m feeling cold” or “Make it much warmer” to adjust the thermostat. Honeywell also developed an application that enables users to control the thermostat remotely from a smart phone or another compatible device. This provides convenience inside the home and potential energy savings outside the home as the user can reduce utility usage when absent. The user-friendly unit includes a color touchscreen and learning capabilities that enable it to adapt to the owner’s life patterns and needs.

NIST’s Commitment to Improving the Energy Smart Grid

Focused on technology automation control systems, Daniel Sheflin holds executive responsibilities with Honeywell International. Daniel Sheflin also serves as chairman of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Smart Grid Federal Advisory Committee. Founded in 1901, NIST has a unique role in liaising between domestic companies and government entities, with an aim of increasing industrial competitiveness and encouraging innovation.

The NIST’s current emphasis on the smart grid centers on the development of “interoperable standards.” By coordinating the efforts of consumers, energy companies, regulators, and manufacturers, the NIST seeks to ensure that complex electric power systems and their individual components mesh well together. Through these emerging standards, a unified infrastructure can be developed that binds together applications as diverse as plug-in electric vehicles, “smart” appliances, and “smart” meters that inform residents of their energy usage and its real-time cost. Another aspect of the smart grid concept is providing utilities with the means to easily utilize diverse energy sources, from wind to solar power, with an aim of closely matching supply with demand.

United Methodist Church Offers Women’s Retreat in Florida

As vice president of technology automation control systems for Minnesota-based Honeywell, Daniel Sheflin is responsible for the research and development aspects of the technology company. Outside of the office, Daniel Sheflin is active with several organizations and regular contributes to the United Methodist Church, especially to the one located in Port Orange, Florida.

Created in 1968 when the Evangelical United Brethren Church and Methodist Church combined, the United Methodist Church prides itself on having an open mind and open heart. There are several conferences, or regions, scattered across the country, and the Port Orange church is part of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.

A woman’s retreat is scheduled on three weekends during the first several months of 2014. These three-day events allow women an opportunity to step away from household responsibilities and job stresses to reconnect with other women and God. The first event, scheduled for the beginning of February, offers women a chance to study the Bible, create crafts, partake in fellowship, and enjoy food. Held annually, all these retreats occur at Lake Griffin in Fruitland Park at the Life Enrichment Center.

Daniel Sheflin – A Brief Overview of the Smart Grid

Daniel Sheflin serves Honeywell Automation Control Solutions in his capacity as chief technology officer. Prior to his current position, he was vice president of automation control solutions with Honeywell and general manager of engineering with General Electric. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently named Daniel Sheflin to its Smart Grid Advisory Committee.

The smart grid is an envisioned electrical network spanning the United States that delivers energy efficiently and securely by using state-of-the-art technology. The smart grid has been characterized as combining the old-fashion energy infrastructure with the internet. However, NIST provides a more comprehensive definition, and refers to the smart grid as a modernized solution that allows for bidirectional energy flows and two-way control capabilities that enhance services. The current grid allows for a one-way flow.

The 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act officially recognized the importance of the smart grid to national development and put the project on the fast track. Even with full government support, such a complex initiative will take years to complete.

Rapid Growth in Industrial Wireless Sensor Markets to Continue

As vice-president of Technology Automation Control Solutions at Honeywell, Daniel Sheflin heads a division that is a world leader in wireless sensor solutions in home and industry. In this role, Daniel Sheflin is largely responsible for anticipating and meeting future demands for industrial wireless sensor networks.

Recent market studies have suggested that wireless sensor technology will significantly increase in coming years. An ON World survey of industrial automation professionals in 2012 suggests this is largely due to increasing industry awareness of the technology, improved reliability of such systems, and widespread adoption of standards. In fact, almost 60 percent of end user respondents indicated they were or soon would be using wireless sensor networks. According to two separate studies released in March and June 2013, the market for industrial wireless sensor networks is expected to grow by roughly 15 percent per year over the next five years.

The primary driving force behind this expansion is the very obvious fact that wireless solutions do not use wires. Such sensors are deployed for applications where wires are a hindrance: for rotating equipment, or inside furnaces, for example. In addition, wireless systems are easier to troubleshoot because it is simpler to isolate a problem at only the transmitting or receiving end, with no intervening hardware to complicate matters. Finally, wireless sensors are more cost effective, as they are easier to troubleshoot and also require less infrastructure, like conduits.

The advantages of wireless sensor networks will likely open up exciting and unanticipated new applications in the near-term, as the technology becomes more widely integrated into industrial processes across the board.