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EnOcean to Showcase Industry's First Self-Powered Bluetooth® Motion Detector at Lightfair 2019

EnOcean, the world’s leading developer of energy harvesting wireless technology, will be at the 2019 Lightfair to be held between May 19th and 20th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The company will be introducing the latest solar-powered sensor solutions that further boost the use of maintenance-free wireless controls in digitized buildings and smart lighting systems. EnOcean will be showcasing the ready-to-use self-powered Bluetooth® motion detector as well as models of solar-powered sensor modules for a wide variety of building data. As a result of a standardized form factor founded on the modular PTM switch system, the sensor modules allow easy product integration. Furthermore, EnOcean will be showcasing its Easyfit collection of self-powered lighting control solutions founded on the EnOcean standard at 902 MHz.

The new solar-powered sensor modules by EnOcean deliver raw data for digitized buildings, smart lighting, and the IoT. (Image credit: EnOcean)

In accordance with the advancing digitization of LED lighting and buildings, EnOcean is constantly upgrading its self-powered wireless technology. At Lightfair, the company will be displaying the newest developments in its energy harvesting wireless Easyfit LED controls and Dolphin modules, enhanced for many self-powered smart control applications. The devices to be showcased include:

  • Battery-free light switches for Bluetooth® systems (ESRPB/EDRPB and EWSSB/EWSDB)  Prototypes of solar-powered sensors following the proven PTM switch form factor for Bluetooth® and EnOcean systems; covering humidity, temperature, or activity tracking
  • Solar-powered motion detector for Bluetooth® systems (EMDCB)
  • Next generation of DLC-qualified Easyfit controls for LED installations and HVAC control via EnOcean
  • Self-powered Bluetooth® motion detector
  • Solar-powered temperature and humidity sensors for EnOcean systems (ETHSU)

The solar-powered Easyfit motion detector for Bluetooth® lighting systems from EnOcean (EMDCB) is the first of its kind on the market combining EnOcean’s energy harvesting technology. It enhances the battery-free wireless Easyfit switches for Bluetooth® lighting systems in US design (ESRPB/EDRPB) and European design (EWSSB/EWSDB). The sensor uses a passive infrared (PIR) sensor to sense motion and incorporates a solar cell to harvest ambient light. The solar cell produces the energy for the sensor’s process making it self-powered and maintenance-free. An energy storage element stores the harvested energy linking a period of time when no light is available to guarantee nonstop operation. A combined Near Field Communication (NFC) interface enables stress-free commissioning via the NFC functionality of tablets and smartphones or via exclusive NFC readers.

The Easyfit sensor supplies data on room occupancy and light intensity via Bluetooth®. This data lays the basis for smart services such as room occupancy management or demand-based lighting control, making LED lighting systems an in-built part of smart homes and smart buildings. OEMs can effortlessly include the white label finished EMDCB in their product collection.

Solar-powered sensor modules for easy product integration

EnOcean has set an industry standard with the modular PTM switch module and the plug & play core piece of battery-free switches. As a highpoint at the show, EnOcean will be showing samples of a new generation of solar-powered, maintenance-free sensor modules. The sensor module’s unique feature is that they have the same form factor as the PTM switch module, comprising the standardized mounting interfaces. Thus, OEMs can easily add the sensors into a range of switch frames. They only have to create front plates adapted to the specific frame design.

Data foundation for the digitization of buildings

The sensors can be used in a number of different ways for standard building automation operations, for instance, moisture detection and temperature or status messages from windows and doors. They can also deliver information on the present internal energy level as well as particulars about the light available to the solar cell. A module alternative with an in-built acceleration sensor is under development for advanced IoT applications. It can integrate virtually unlimited digital assets into the Internet of Things by serving as an "activity tracker." In standard lighting situations in smart homes and offices, the sensors acquire all the energy they need from the incorporated solar cell and stay active for up to four days even without a new supply of power, owing to an energy store.

The new solar-powered sensor modules perfectly add to our self-powered wireless Easyfit controls portfolio. With our reliable and flexible technology, we support our OEM customers in realizing a fast time to market for wireless and maintenance-free solutions that bring enormous benefit and short payback periods to digitization projects and building usage.

Troy Davis, Sales Director, EnOcean Inc.

The new series of solar-powered modules will assist both the EnOcean wireless standard and Bluetooth® and will also consist of an NFC interface for effortless commissioning.

Portfolio of self-powered lighting control in EnOcean standard

At Lightfair, EnOcean will be at booth #3533 where visitors can also experience EnOcean’s Easyfit portfolio, which covers a complete range of DLC-qualified wireless sensors, LED fixture controllers, switches, and a commissioning tool for lighting control founded on the EnOcean standard at 902 MHz (ISO/IEC 14543-3-11). The DLC-qualified EnOcean LED control portfolio comprises of LEDRU and LEDDU fixture/zone controllers, self-powered, wireless light switches, occupancy and light level sensors as well as the Navigan™ remote commissioning software.

Easyfit wireless control solutions can be easily incorporated into current buildings during an upgrade to LED lighting. It is, for instance, used in schools across the US to form smart lighting solutions that decrease energy consumption and develop a more productive and positive atmosphere at fastest payback times and lowest maintenance costs.

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