Seamless integration of battery-less sensors and switches with local controllers, gateways, and building management systems build a network for integrated control, meeting individual requirements
San Ramon, CA/San Diego, CA – April 19, 2016
At LIGHTFAIR 2016 (San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA, Apr 26-28), the EnOcean Alliance will demonstrate at booth #4229 the possibilities of the interoperable EnOcean ecosystem for integrated building automation. On display will be an ecosystem wall representing a complete automation system based on the EnOcean energy harvesting wireless standard. It will include all necessary components for intelligent lighting control and HVAC control as well as energy management. The solutions presented offer maximum flexibility based on maintenance-free wireless devices, which are powered by their surrounding environment. Due to EnOcean Alliance’s open approach to interoperability, users can combine products from different vendors seamlessly.
A large number of lighting industry leaders, such as WattStopper, Thomas Research Products,Autani, Osram Sylvania, Terralux and Hubbell Lighting, have adopted the EnOcean standard, making it the leading standard for wireless lighting control.
The EnOcean Alliance also expands the principle of interoperability beyond the boundaries of its own ecosystem. To do this, it works closely together with other organizations, such as the, and the , which define standard platforms for a global, cross-vendor network known as the Internet of Things (IoT).
“The key advantages of wireless control are the ease of upgrading existing buildings and expanding a system at any time. No new control wiring is required for existing systems; they simply are upgraded with wireless control units. Wireless control systems can even provide greater installation flexibility if units within the system do not require dedicated cabling or batteries for power,” says Graham Martin, Chairman of the EnOcean Alliance.
At booth #4229, the EnOcean Alliance will show an integrated building system covering the following areas:
Self-Powered Switches and Sensors
Intelligent lighting control can be covered on the basis of three main wireless components: kinetic-powered light switches, including dimmers; solar-powered light sensors; and solar-powered occupancy sensors.
This system can additionally support a wireless daylight harvesting application, which is a lighting control system that automatically adapts the light level to the amount of available natural light in a room measured by light level sensors. In a typical commercial building with such an automated lighting control system, it is possible to reduce energy consumption by up to 30%.
Wireless sensors can also lay the foundation for energy savings, increased comfort, and healthier living through automated HVAC control. Self-powered temperature, gas, and climate sensors combined with hydronic heating valves form a wireless network that supplies heat or cool air depending on individual needs and behavior or when room conditions need to be adapted to predefined set points.
Gateways and Local Controllers
The approach of seamlessly integrating the control of different building areas can be realized with gateways and local controllers. These directly communicate with the self-powered wireless devices and with each other to process the delivered data and information for a synchronized building management system. This results in better energy efficiency while increasing comfort and security at the same time.
Building Management Systems
These same gateways can also bridge the EnOcean standard to work with other established protocols such as BACnet, LonMark, WiFi, ZigBee, or the cloud. This provides maximum flexibility to installing professionals to expand and adapt building automation systems based on other protocols at any time with wireless components and to centrally control the whole system.
More than 400 companies are members of the EnOcean Alliance, currently providing over 1,500 interoperable products. At LIGHTFAIR, visitors can experience EnOcean-based solutions all over the show floor from over 15 member companies:
Autani (#6837), BACnet (#6851), CAO Lighting (#2530), CLTC (#7010), Control Network Solutions (#3817), Douglas Lighting (#4637), Emerge Alliance (#2103), EnOcean (#4229), Echoflex/ ETC (#5227), Esylux (#6911), Functional Devices (#2562), Hubbell Lighting (#3645), ILLUMRA (#7113), Linmore LED (#325), LA Lighting (#5100), Magnum Energy Solutions (#4927), Osram Sylvania (#5407), Prudential Lighting (#2931), Terralux (#5331), Thomas Research Products (#1521), Ushio America (#2537) WAGO (#2652), Waldmann Lighting (#5553) and WattStopper (#4726).
About the EnOcean Alliance
Leading companies worldwide from the building sector collected to form the EnOcean Alliance and establish innovative automation solutions for sustainable building projects – and so to make buildings more energy-efficient, more flexible and lower in cost. The core technology of the Alliance is energy harvesting wireless technology for flexibly positioned and service-free sensor solutions. The EnOcean Alliance aims to internationalise the energy harvesting wireless technology, and is dedicated to creating interoperability between the products of OEM partners. Basis for this is the international standard ISO/IEC 14543-3-1X, which is optimised for wireless solutions with ultra-low power consumption and energy harvesting. Nearly 400 companies currently belong to the EnOcean Alliance. The headquarters of the non-profit organisation is located in San Ramon, California.