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    Hello,

    I've been wondering why the EnOcean protocol and the associated range of energy harvesting sensors & receivers hasn't yet gotten any traction in the marketplace, particularly in the UK.

    I'm not an automation guru by any stretch of the imagination but the EnOcean protocol offers data communication at such a low bandwidth that their devices can run completely wire and battery free. Given their release of the energy harvesting technology to work in a BLE & Zigbee environment I can only think they are well placed to dominate the market for low bandwidth sensors, receivers and actuators.

    Granted their chipsets are more expensive than other protocols but in today's world surely developing devices that inherently require batteries goes against the grain of looking after our environment particularly when the growth of connected devices is only going to gather pace.

    I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on why there are a plethora of Z-wave, Zigbee, WiFi, etc devices but few and far between EnOcean devices.

    Thanks

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    In my opinion they need to create a bridge to other protocols. If I could control Z-Wave modules from EnOcean switches I recon I'd have a few. I asked them about the possibility of that in the future but it doesn't look like something they intend to do...

    http://www.automatedhome.co.uk/hardw...-iot-tech.html

    M.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burtoninlondon View Post
    Hello,

    I've been wondering why the EnOcean protocol and the associated range of energy harvesting sensors & receivers hasn't yet gotten any traction in the marketplace, particularly in the UK.

    I'm not an automation guru by any stretch of the imagination but the EnOcean protocol offers data communication at such a low bandwidth that their devices can run completely wire and battery free. Given their release of the energy harvesting technology to work in a BLE & Zigbee environment I can only think they are well placed to dominate the market for low bandwidth sensors, receivers and actuators.

    Granted their chipsets are more expensive than other protocols but in today's world surely developing devices that inherently require batteries goes against the grain of looking after our environment particularly when the growth of connected devices is only going to gather pace.

    I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on why there are a plethora of Z-wave, Zigbee, WiFi, etc devices but few and far between EnOcean devices.

    Thanks
    Enocean is slowly taking off. In fact I've just installed an Enocean system at a University today. The biggest issue has been the lack of usable sensors. A well known manufacturer was pushing their control system with enocean sensors only to provide solar powered sensors with a three hour battery backup, unfortunately the fist thing you do when leaving a plant room is turn out the lights and close the door! Fortunately it was a colleague of mine that installed this particular system and had to pay to rectify the mistake when the customer rang the next day to say is heating system wasn't working

    The system we use uses Enoocean, Zigbee and canbus and translates the values into Bacnet for use in high end BMS systems. It works well but does use low power cpus so tends to slow down when you load the system up with software.
    Last edited by RobF; 24th February 2017 at 08:38 PM.

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    Yes they have known big problems with their sensors...
    Pretty ashamed for this kind of company but I think they are actively trying to solve it

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    For me, there wasn't the option to use their innards with my chosen switch and faceplate. Didn't want one switch that didn't match all the others, so achieved the same result by another means.

    HTH,
    Tim.

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