Optoelectronics

Energy harvesting wireless switches simplify smart homes

15th November 2016
Alice Matthews

In a world where the number of communication networks continues to increase, requirements for information transmission are also changing. Data transmission must be mobile and flexible while using as little energy as possible. One solution is energy harvesting wireless switches from ZF.

Technology for smart homes encompasses a wide range of solutions that make living and working in buildings more efficient and comfortable. In this area ZF provides flexible switching solutions to control building environments without the cost of supplying and installing cables to switch points or regularly having to replace batteries required by conventional remote control devices.

ZF energy harvesting switches offer simple installation and connectivity in new buildings, old buildings, renovated properties and industrial applications. With the energy harvesting multipushbutton module from ZF, 'smart-age' switching has become a reality. Lighting, heating and ventilation, door opening, alarms and hi-tech systems can all be connected without cabling enabling simple installation even on surfaces including glass, wood, or concrete. With the multipushbutton module, ZF has eliminated the need for embedding cables in walls or the use of trunking and external power requirements. According to ZF, its 'energy harvesting' product range is unsurpassed for ease of installation and connectivity and offers the flexibility to easily relocate switch positions without expensive re-cabling.

The ZF multipushbutton switch module is as flexible as its user, adapting easily to any living or control requirement. A benefit of the simple configuration of ZF Energy Harvesting switches allows users to turn a light on and off one day and change the function to become a door opener on another. Users can decide what function the switch will perform and where it will be positioned in a building and change it at any later time with minimum effort. Home décor, office or factory layout can be designed without worrying about where to position control switches as they can be relocated at any time as required without damage to the fabric of the building. Multifunction systems to dim lights, control blinds or heating systems can be preconfigured from a single switch and located in the most convenient place for the user.

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