At Light+Building 2018 in Frankfurt from 18th to 23rd March, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Business Unit Electronic Systems, presents the world’s first wireless energy harvesting KNX light switch module that is configurable via ETS (from ETS5). Visitors can experience the new device at ZF’s stand in Hall 9.0 B54 and at the KNX stand in Hall 8.0 F98.
Regardless of whether it’s being used as a light switch, with or without dimming function, or as a shutter switch etc., the wireless light switch module is versatile and easy to integrate, creating significant freedom during the planning stage.
With the ability to communicate without the need for a gateway, there are many potential applications, e.g. flexible room partitions in functional buildings, glass walls, or even mounted directly on a lectern. The module is a self-sufficient and maintenance-free radio solution requiring no cabling and no batteries.
Already in full production, the wireless light switch module comes ready to install. It is compatible with standard frames and panels for energy harvesting light switch modules and can also be combined with customer-specific designs and control panels.
The actuation of the unit produces enough electrical energy to transmit a complete KNX-RF protocol in S-mode directly to any KNX-receiver. A low actuation force and a low operation noise are further benefits of the new module.
ZF Switches & Sensors is headquartered in Auerbach, Germany and supplies major OEMs in markets including white goods and appliances, control engineering, vending, switchgear, tools, off-highway vehicles (construction, material handling, landscaping) and home and building automation.
The product range consists primarily of switch and sensor products previously sold under the former CHERRY brand, following ZF’s acquisition of the company in 2008. More recently innovative Energy Harvesting RF switch solutions have been added to the product offering, opening up new and diverse business opportunities in smart building and IoT applications.