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LG Electronics Showcases Industry-Leading HVAC Controls At 2018 AHR Expo

Dedicated Controls-Focused LG Booth Highlights Benefits of Connected Buildings and Homes of the Future

CHICAGO, Jan. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Air conditioning technologies innovator LG Electronics is showcasing the future of connected buildings this week at the 2018 AHR Expo, from its innovative building management solutions and controls to residential IoT products.

LG's groundbreaking HVAC controls give building owners and operators complete flexibility and visibility, improving building efficiency and performance, empowering them to optimize their operations which foster more building synergy and grant greater accessibility than ever before. In addition to the LG booth dedicated to controls platform products and technologies, LG is exhibiting residential and commercial HVAC offerings in a separate booth, at the AHR Expo taking place Jan. 22-24 in Chicago.  

"LG is ushering in a new era of connectivity and redefining the industry standard, which is why we felt it was prudent to have a booth dedicated to our controls at AHR Expo, said Kevin McNamara, senior vice president, Air Conditioning Technologies, LG Electronics USA.  "Unlike others in the industry whose VRF systems run on proprietary controls, we have taken a more agnostic approach by providing seamless connectivity with other Building Management Systems. With a brand like LG, who prides itself on technological innovation and strong partner relationships, our customers expect us to continue to evolve the current technologies and launch forward-thinking products to deliver on that expectation."

For commercial applications, the suite of advanced controls is comprised of the LG MultiSITE™ Remote Controller, Communications Manager and VM3 building management solution – all of which allow operators to take control of their buildings in ways that were not previously possible. Also on display is LG's Dry Contact module which allows for easy integration with third-party thermostats and sensors such as an occupancy sensor or the popular Nest® and ecobee™, allowing users to have greater flexibility in their HVAC system design. For light commercial and residential controls, 13 more models of LG's indoor units will now be Wi-Fi enabled and compatible with the LG SmartThinQ™ app granting homeowners the convenience of controlling their air conditioning on-the-go alongside their other LG devices for a truly connected home. In addition, the SmartThinQ app has been recently integrated with both Amazon Alexa and Google Home's Assistant which further improves ease of use and connectivity.

LG MultiSITE Remote Controller 
The new LG MultiSITE Remote Controller is an intuitive control panel featuring a customizable screen and configurable functionality to meet the requirements of each installation. In addition to the flexibility of the user interface, the LG MultiSITE Remote Controller uses its onboard BACnet® MS/TP to directly integrate into a building management system. Packaged in a sleek design, the LG MultiSITE Remote Controller includes a touch screen, built-in occupancy and humidity sensors, and Zigbee® wireless compatibility, delivering a complete out-of-the-box solution for a host of installations. Building owners and facility managers can now easily scale the functionality to suit the needs of occupants of the space while being conscious of their bottom line with the LG MultiSITE Remote Controller.

LG MultiSITE Communications Manager
The LG MultiSITE Communications Manager integrates the power of LG VRF technology into an existing third-party building management system. For the first time ever, a controls framework directly integrates with a VRF system; eliminating the need for a gateway. Powered by the robust Niagara framework, the LG MultiSITE Communications Manager allows for seamless integration with North American building management systems. Employing industry-standard BACnet®, LonWorks®, and Fox protocols, programmers can easily connect the LG MultiSITE Communications manager, reducing program development costs. The LG MultiSITE Communications Manager enables building managers to maximize the performance, power and capability of each system.   

LG MultiSITE VM3 Building Management Solution 
The new LG MultiSITE VM3 is a building management solution that maximizes the sophistication of control in each building system for cohesive building operation and synergistic performance. With the LG MultiSITE VM3, LG VRF and controls have converged into a single, seamless solution which streamlines system programming and grants building owners and facility managers the freedom to design a solution that's best for their needs.

Utilizing the open Niagara framework, owners can tailor and customize their building's operation to improve efficiency, minimize operational costs, and maximize comfort. Facility managers now have a window into their building's operations and efficiency empowering them to program their system to react as internal and external conditions change. The LG MultiSITE VM3 is a scalable solution capable of managing a single system all the way up to an enterprise level network for even more flexibility and responsiveness.

LG SmartThinQ
Launching at AHR Expo 2018 are 13 more models of indoor units that are now Wi-Fi capable and controllable using the LG SmartThinQ app. Now users have the freedom of controlling their home's precise comfort from their fingertips alongside other SmartThinQ-enabled LG devices, such as refrigerators, ranges, washing machines and robotic vacuums. This capability enhances the efficiency and convenience, giving unprecedented control to create a truly connected home. LG SmartThinQ technology is compatible with all Wi-Fi enabled LG indoor units and is integrated with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

LG Dry Contact  
The LG Dry Contact module provides interface flexibility for indoor unit operation by allowing easy integration with third-party inputs such as a Wi-Fi thermostat, building automation system, timer, keycard switch, door switch, motion detector or any occupancy, or condition sensor. In addition to the integration of third-party inputs with LG systems, the Dry Contact unit can also be used to start/stop other occupancy related devices such as exhaust fans, fresh air dampers and fans, economizers, or lighting further maximizing the flexibility of the system configuration.

For more information on LG controls products featured at the 2018 AHR Expo, visit the LG Electronics controls booth (South Hall #4300) or lgahrexpo.com. Additional information on the complete portfolio of LG's air conditioning systems can be found at lghvac.com.

About LG Electronics USA Air Conditioning Technologies
The LG Electronics USA Air Conditioning Technologies business is based in Alpharetta, Ga. LG is a leading player in the global air conditioning market, manufacturing both commercial and residential air conditioners and providing total sustainability and building management solutions. From consumer and individual units to industrial and specialized air conditioning systems, LG provides a wide range of products for heating, ventilating and air conditioning. The company's industry-leading variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology minimizes efficiency losses, provides sustainable energy savings and offers some of the lowest life cycle cost of any system on the market today. LG Electronics USA, based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics Inc., a $48 billion global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, mobile communications, home appliances and air solutions. For more information, please visit lghvac.com.



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