Self-Powered Wireless Switches and Sensors for the IoT

December 08, 2016 by Power Pulse1595211359

At International CES 2017 (Las Vegas, January 5-8, 2017) EnOcean will be demonstrating self-powered wireless solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT). At Sands #40464, the company will be showing their extensive Dolphin portfolio, including wireless switches, sensors and actuators, powered by energy through motion, light and temperature and based on open wireless standards like EnOcean, ZigBee and Bluetooth Low Energy. The energy harvesting devices enable highly flexible, maintenance-free applications for use in building automation, smart homes, industrial automation and lighting control worldwide. In combination with IoT systems, these self-powered solutions help optimize the utilization of buildings, create new service models and make buildings more flexible, more energy-efficient and altogether more cost-effective.

At this year's CES, EnOcean will be demonstrating four cutting-edge solutions with leading industry partners based on open standards. IBM and EnOcean to bring sensors to the cloud for IoT applications in sub 1 GHz.

To further develop self-powered wireless solutions with EnOcean radio standard in sub 1 GHz for the Internet of Things, EnOcean is in close collaboration with IBM, a strong partner with longstanding expertise in cloud-based services and IoT. EnOcean is proud to be one of the first IBM Business Partners to use the mark "Ready for IBM Watson IoT".

Together with IBM's Watson IoT Platform, a fully managed, cloud-hosted service, self-powered EnOcean-based sensors enable maintenance-free solutions for Real Estate Management to increase operational, financial and environmental performance of facilities. Standardized sensor profiles help ensure the interoperability of more than 1,500 products from the EnOcean eco-system, making it possible to develop interoperable system solutions. These solutions can be used in asset management, ambient assisted living projects, insurance or hotel and campus projects, giving maintenance-free wireless switches and sensors based on EnOcean technology.

Together with its partner Digital Concepts, EnOcean is developing self-powered wireless solutions using the Smart EnOcean gateway from Digital Concepts for consumer applications in sub 1 GHz. The Smart EnOcean gateway ensures communication between the EnOcean energy harvesting wireless standard and the IP protocol, which forms the basis for integrating the data of energy harvesting wireless sensors into cross-standard, open platforms. This enables a fully interoperable network, in which collected data can be used to intelligently control different devices such as fridges, coffee machines, and multimedia, directly via battery-less switches, sensors or smart phones. At CES 2017, EnOcean will demonstrate how their sensors are used in smart home solutions.

Xicato and EnOcean cooperate for self-powered lighting solutions for Bluetooth Low Energy systems in 2.4 GHz. Together with Xicato, an established manufacturer and thought leader in intelligent, connected light sources, EnOcean is developing self-powered wireless solutions for Bluetooth Low Energy systems in 2.4 GHz for global usage in smart homes and for modern lighting control. The combination of EnOcean's energy harvesting wireless switches with the features of Xicato's LED lighting modules allows users to create and control simple or complex lighting scenes and effects, and enable simple, flexible installation of lighting applications. These solutions enable wireless, maintenance-free control and eliminate the complexity and cost associated with wired or battery-powered wireless solutions. These self-powered lighting solutions are used in some of the world's finest museums, retail stores, hotels and residences.

Philips and EnOcean collaborate for maintenance-free 2.4 GHz ZigBee lighting solutions. EnOcean partnered with Philips, a world leading manufacturer of lighting applications, to develop self-powered lighting solutions for ZigBee systems on the 2.4 GHz band for use in consumer and commercial lighting applications. These flexible, wireless solutions are especially suitable for consumer-applications to control LED lighting systems. The Philip's Hue tap switch, for example, is a self-powered wireless switch, which is the ideal maintenance-free control for the Philips Hue lighting system for LED consumer lighting.

At CES 2017, EnOcean will be demonstrating their new batteryless Bluetooth Low Energy switch module PTM 215B with Near Field Communication (NFC) for BLE-based lighting systems on the 2.4 GHz band. The integrated NFC capability makes it easy to configure the switch through direct contact with NFC-capable devices, without any manual actuation. For the first time, EnOcean will be showing examples of solar-powered Beacons for 2.4 GHz Bluetooth Low Energy systems.