EnOcean adds 2.4 GHz BLE modules to its product portfolio

EnOcean, the developer of energy-harvesting wireless technology, announced its first energy-harvesting wireless modules for 2.4 GHz BLE systems. The new modules complement the existing EnOcean wireless technology on the sub 1 GHz band and ZigBee wireless products on the 2.4 GHz frequency band.

The first product in the EnOcean 2.4 GHz BLE portfolio is the batteryless PTM 215B switch module, now comes with NFC functionality, thereby making it easier to train and configure the switch. The PTM 215B is based on the established form factor of the PTM 21x module, invented by EnOcean, and can be integrated into a large number of existing switch designs.

The switch is also available as a white label end product. EnOcean thus enables product manufacturers to develop reliable and self-powered solutions on the 2.4 GHz frequency band for use in smart homes and modern light control all over the world.

With the new 2.4 GHz BLE module, the EnOcean technology can now also be integrated into 2.4 GHz Bluetooth systems. Like the existing ZigBee portfolio, the BLE-based products are also designed for the 2.4 GHz frequency band. The company is thus responding to the latest market trends in lighting applications, since BLE-enabled solutions are gaining in importance. EnOcean GmbH now provides the right switches for BLE-based lighting systems.

Manufacturers of BLE-based systems for the 2.4 GHz band can now incorporate energy harvesting technology from EnOcean into their portfolios and develop batteryless, room-based wireless controllers. Thanks to the standardised PTM 21x form factor, switch manufacturers can easily integrate the new 2.4 GHz module into their existing product ranges and use maintenance-free BLE systems that produce energy from motion. First applications has already been implemented by Inspired LED.

BLE switch application
BLE switch application

“By adding a BLE-based wireless module to our portfolio, we have taken another important step toward fully networking devices in the Internet of Things (IoT),” explained Wald Siskens, CEO of EnOcean. “As the worldwide leading supplier of energy harvesting wireless technology, EnOcean enables self-powered IoT applications to be developed for use in building automation, smart homes, LED light control and industrial applications.”

The first member of the 2.4 GHz BLE product family from EnOcean: a radio-based switch module with NFC functionality

The radio-based PTM 215B switch module operates on the 2.4 GHz band and is mechanically compatible with the form factor of the sub 1 GHz PTM 21x standard module. Switch manufacturers can therefore easily migrate to a wide range of switch designs. Now that NFC functionality has been integrated for the first time, the switch can be trained through direct contact with NFC-capable devices without any manual actuation.

A large number of parameters can also be configured easily and automatically, permitting for example protocol data to be modified or additional information to be transmitted, such as group assignments. New devices can thus be quickly and easily integrated into existing systems, substantially reducing their susceptibility to faults.

In addition to the radio-based switch module, the 2.4 GHz BLE portfolio from EnOcean also includes white label end products: energy harvesting wireless single-rocker (ESRP) and dual rocker (EDRP) switches for the American market.

Solar-based sensor modules will be added to the switch module in 2017, including a door and window sensor, a temperature/moisture sensor and a light sensor.

Wald Siskens, CEO of EnOcean
Wald Siskens, CEO of EnOcean

The battery-free Internet of Things

EnOcean uses the energy harvesting principle, in which energy is obtained from the surroundings, to supply self-powered wireless sensor networks. The modules are based on miniaturised energy converters that convert motion, light or temperature differences into electrical energy.

Together with an efficient energy management system, the energy harvesting technology facilitates communication between maintenance-free IoT devices based on open wireless standards, such as EnOcean, ZigBee and BLE. The maintenance-free wireless sensor solutions from EnOcean thus increase flexibility and energy efficiency in smart buildings, while also significantly saving time and money.

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