Earlier this year, EnOcean demo’d their latest generation of continuously powered transceiver modules at ISH, which open up new applications for the wireless standard thanks to increased computing power, lower power consumption and a smaller form factor…
The Batteryless Internet of Things
Networked devices form the basis for smart buildings and the Internet of Things. They process large volumes of sensor data to make our everyday lives easier, safer and more comfortable. The energy harvesting wireless sensors from EnOcean are the eyes and ears of the IoT, since they collect the data needed to efficiently operate a wide range of IoT devices without the need of a battery.
The TCM 515 transceiver module—ideal for new applications with the EnOcean wireless standard
The new network-operated TCM 515 transceiver module, with an ultra low-powered microcontroller, is an ideal addition to the Dolphin portfolio in the 868 MHz, 902 MHz and 928 MHz ranges—all based on the EnOcean wireless standard. Combining lower energy consumption with higher computing power and a smaller form factor provides a significant investment in the growing EnOcean ecosystem, which provides interoperable intelligent buildings.
The TCM 515 is a gateway module with a comprehensive API, which facilitates easy integration into terminal devices for seamless use in interoperable systems. Thanks to the integrated security function, no additional components are needed for encryption. Support for remote commissioning also makes it easy to commission equipment by remote access.
“By adding the TCM 515 to our portfolio, we enable product manufacturers to develop additional self-powered sensor solutions for the growing EnOcean ecosystem,” explains Andreas Schneider, CEO of EnOcean. “We are happy to see the energy harvesting technology becoming successfully established in building automation and smart homes and our innovative, maintenance-free solutions being used in more and more applications. In collaboration with the EnOcean Alliance and partners such as IBM, we will continue to develop future-oriented batteryless and thus maintenance-free applications for our customers’ sensor solutions in the Internet of Things.”
IBM and EnOcean bring sensors to the cloud for IoT applications in sub 1 GHz
To further develop maintenance-free wireless solutions with the EnOcean radio standard in the sub 1 GHz range for the Internet of Things, EnOcean works closely together 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 entitled to use the “Ready for IBM Watson IoT” brand.
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 ecosystem, making it possible to develop interoperable system solutions. These solutions can be used in asset management and ambient assisted living projects as well as insurance or hotel and campus projects, providing maintenance-free wireless switches and sensors based on EnOcean technology.
Dolphin by EnOcean—maintenance-free wireless sensor solutions for global applications
The EnOcean Dolphin portfolio includes batteryless, radio-based switch, sensor and receiver modules as well as end products for product manufacturers. They are based on the EnOcean wireless standard (ISO/IEC 14543-3-1X) introduced by the EnOcean Alliance in the sub 1 GHz range and obtain their energy from movement, light and temperature differences. Thanks to the low power consumption of the EnOcean technology, the maintenance-free sensors and switches are perfectly suited to use in smart buildings. As a partner to the EnOcean Alliance, which has more than 400 members active in the area of building automation, EnOcean offers its customers the benefits of an ecosystem consisting of interoperable energy harvesting wireless sensor solutions. Due to the continuous further development of system solutions with maintenance-free wireless switches and sensors, the extensive EnOcean ecosystem helps make buildings more flexible, more energy-efficient and more cost-effective.
In addition, the Dolphin portfolio also includes batteryless switch modules for use in ZigBee and Bluetooth Low Energy systems in the 2.4 GHz range. The first cooperation partners have already integrated the energy harvesting wireless technology into their solutions: Philips uses the batteryless technology from EnOcean for intelligent and maintenance-free lighting solutions in 2.4 GHz ZigBee systems. Together with Xicato and Casambi, EnOcean develops batteryless lighting solutions for Bluetooth Low Energy systems in the 2.4 GHz range.