Clearly identifiable self-powered smart switches
Developer of energy harvesting technology, EnOcean, is introducing the new ‘Battery-free by EnOcean’ seal. The seal will highlight maintenance-free and flexible switch solutions that do not require batteries or wires. Product manufacturers can use the seal to promote their battery-free, wireless switches integrating EnOcean’s energy harvesting technology for leading wireless standards in the sub-1 and 2.4GHz range.
This move will raise consumer awareness of the benefits of switches based on the EnOcean technology, which gain their energy from motion solely. At the same time, with this unique seal, EnOcean strengthens its market position as the leading global provider of energy harvesting wireless sensor technology for EnOcean, Bluetooth and Zigbee based solutions.
Some of the first providers who can apply the new ‘Battery-free by EnOcean’ seal to highlight their products’ special feature are the Friends of Hue Switch partners of Signify, a long standing EnOcean partner in the area of Zigbee-based wireless solutions. As part of the Friends of Hue program, Busch-Jaeger (ABB), Feller, Illumra, Niko and Vimar currently, or in the near future, offer smart switches based on EnOcean’s self-powered technology which can be used to control Philips Hue lights via Zigbee.
EnOcean uses the energy harvesting principle, in which energy is obtained from the surroundings for supplying power for wireless sensors or switches. Thereby energy converters convert motion, light or temperature differences into electrical energy. Thus, the press of a button for example is sufficient to obtain energy for wireless transmission with the help of a kinetic energy converter.
Andreas Schneider, CEO and Co-Founder of EnOcean, explained: "EnOcean has already been offering its customers innovative and self-powered wireless sensor solutions based on open standards for more than 15 years. Our technology’s specifics, for instance, are reflected by wireless switches: They don't need batteries or wires and are thus maintenance-free, cost-efficient and can be used flexibly. With the new ‘Battery-free by EnOcean’ seal we want to make these benefits more visible to the end consumer. The primary beneficiaries of this move are our customers and partners who offer battery-free switches based on our energy harvesting technology. In doing so, we are also strengthening the EnOcean brand as well as the established EnOcean ecosystem."