EnOcean Alliance brings self-powered wireless sensors to the cloud for an interoperable Internet of …

SAN RAMON, CA and LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwired – Dec 13, 2016) – At the 2017 International CES (Las Vegas, January 5-8, 2017), the EnOcean Alliance will show its advancements of a self-powered Internet of Things (IoT). This includes a cooperation with the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) and with industry leader IBM to develop interoperable self-powered wireless solutions as a standard for the Internet of Things. At CES 2017, the EnOcean Alliance will be showing maintenance-free wireless products working within the OCF eco-system, helping to create a fully connected and interoperable smart home and smart building solution. EnOcean Alliance promoter BSC Computer and member Digital Concepts will demonstrate gateway solutions to enable seamless communication in the IoT by connecting the EnOcean wireless standard with leading protocols like IoTivity, AllJoyn and IBM Watson. Together with EnOcean Alliance promoter IBM, the organization will be showing the self-powered “sensor to cloud” IoT solution, which enables the integration of EnOcean´s wireless technology into the IBM Watson IoT Platform to conduct predictive and real-time analysis of facilities. Furthermore, the EnOcean Alliance will be demonstrating the latest speech controlled home automation systems, for example switching on lights or closing the blinds. The EnOcean Alliance has made this possible through the creation of the latest EnOcean to IP and remote commissioning specification, which will also be integrated in the new specification program of the organization. Thus, the EnOcean Alliance combines its expertise in battery-less, wireless smart buildings and smart homes with the approach of an interoperable, standard-crossing communication platform connecting everything.

Visitors to CES can learn more about the EnOcean Alliance’s IoT approach at the partner booth of the Open Connectivity Foundation (Sands, #40930) and at the Ubiant booth (Sands, #41363).

The EnOcean Alliance is one of the most established organizations in the field of smartly connected buildings. Its mission is to enable and promote intelligent buildings, smart home and IoT applications through the creation of a broad range of interoperable battery-less and wireless solutions. More than 400 member companies already have established a broad solution portfolio based on the EnOcean wireless standard. This enables devices to work without wires and batteries for a highly flexible and maintenance-free operation.

Way to a battery-less IoT
“Thanks to our cooperation with strong partners, we build the basis to directly connect battery-less sensor solutions to the Internet and thus to open IoT platforms. The user doesn’t need to worry about the technology used by the single components but can benefit from a seamless connectivity in his smart home — the main concept of the IoT,” says Graham Martin, Chairman of the EnOcean Alliance.

Visitors to the show can experience the EnOcean Alliance’s IoT approach at the following booths:

Open Connectivity Foundation (Sands, #40930): The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) and the EnOcean Alliance partner to deliver seamless, interoperable connectivity for the Internet of Things. The two organizations and its members work together to enable self-powered wireless solutions using the OCF interoperable specification framework for industry-crossing communication in the IoT. The OCF framework works horizontally across and between IoT vertical segments and will benefit companies that want to develop products to address these markets. Using the OCF standard will remove the various “island” solutions and instead provide a common solution for smart home, industrial, healthcare and more. The OCF unifies the entirety of the former Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) with leading companies at all levels — silicon, software, platform, and finished-goods — dedicated to providing this key interoperability element of an IoT solution.

Ubiant (Sands, #41363): Ubiant will demonstrate its self-learning cloud solution called hemis. It is based on artificial intelligence to minimize energy consumption in buildings while maximizing the residents’ well-being. The system’s core is a cloud platform that connects applications for lighting, HVAC or blind control, as well as battery-less, wireless sensors and actuators or mobile devices, based on the EnOcean wireless standard. The Quickmove standard allows users to install, move or remove all components of the smart home system using a NFC-enabled mobile phone or tablet. Part of the hemis portfolio is Luminion, a smart candlestick visualizing energy consumption and comparing it to the hemis community. 

Self-powered wireless sensors

In addition to EnOcean Alliance’s presence, several of its partners will be exhibiting at CES 2017 as well, including:

BSC Computer and Digital Concepts (Sands, #40930):
Gateway manufacturers BSC Computer and Digital Concepts will be demonstrating gateway solutions for seamless communication by connecting the EnOcean energy harvesting wireless standard (ISO/IEC 14543-3-1X) with the Internet Protocol (IP). Thus, sensors and remote configurable actuators, can be linked to the Internet. This is the foundation for the Internet of Things (IoT), a fully interoperable network, where data collected once can be reused for intelligent control of different devices regardless of the used technology, radio or manufacturer. 

EnOcean (Sands, #40464): EnOcean, the inventor and world leader in energy harvesting wireless technology, will demonstrate self-powered wireless solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) at CES 2017. In the Smart Home Marketplace, the company will show how wireless switches, sensors and actuators can be powered by energy out of motion, light and temperature. The energy harvesting devices, devoid of wires and batteries, enable highly flexible and maintenance-free applications for smart homes and cloud services on the way to the Internet of Things. 

“With EnOcean´s more than 15 years experience in energy-harvesting, ultra-low power wireless communication and energy management, we enable self-powered wireless sensor solutions for the Internet of Things,” says Andreas Schneider, co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of EnOcean. “Together with strong partners, we will continue developing exciting new self-powered, maintenance-free applications for our customer’s sensor solutions in the Internet of Things.” 

NodOn (Sands, #40248): NodOn will present its plug&play NodOn smart home portfolio based on the EnOcean standard. A new highlight is the In-Wall Module, a little device, which can easily be mounted behind an existing wired wall switch. Within just a few minutes, the switch can talk EnOcean radio thanks to the little module. Thus, a formerly classical wired switch can now be seamlessly integrated in an EnOcean-based smart home. Using the module, the switch can be connected to the NodOn Home Automation Gateway or to several battery-less wireless controllers such as the NodOn Soft Remote, Wall Switch or Card Switch. Even an additional toggle switch can be added in less than ten minutes without any construction work needed. In addition, the NodOn portfolio also offers a Smart Plug that allows wireless control of electrical devices by using an EnOcean-compliant home automation gateway or a battery-less switch, and solar-powered Indoor Opening Sensors and Indoor Temperature Sensors. 

Additional members of the EnOcean Alliance exhibiting IoT solutions at CES 2017 include: Haier (LVCC, Central Hall, #15029), Honeywell International (Sands, Halls A-D, #42118), IBM (Veronese Suite, #2405), MyFox (Sands, #40944) and Zipato (Sands, #40227). Additionally, a common solution of EnOcean Alliance member products will be shown at the booth of Digitalstrom (Sands, #40139). Visitors to the show can also experience a new IoT solution by ENKI/Adeo (Eureka Park SANDS/ Floor 1/Hall G).

About EnOcean Alliance
Leading companies worldwide from the building sector formed the EnOcean Alliance to establish innovative maintenance-free wireless solutions for the Internet of Things, which are used for automation solutions for sustainable building projects — making buildings more energy-efficient, more flexible and more cost effective. The core technology of the Alliance is energy harvesting wireless technology for flexibly positioned and service-free sensor solutions. The EnOcean Alliance aims to internationalize 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 optimized for wireless solutions with ultra-low power consumption and energy harvesting. More than 400 companies currently belong to the EnOcean Alliance. The headquarters of the non-profit organization is located in San Ramon, California.