Wireless technology enables lighting to be controlled with minimal modification to existing wiring via options such as ZigBee®, Z-Wave, KNX RF, or EnOcean.
Options for the design of secure wireless access control systems using the sub-GHz ISM bands, such as Z-wave, are looked at to keep costs low.
A look at utilizing MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) timing solutions for potential use in RF applications.
Microcontrollers suitable for use in the wearable technology market which have to be small in size and low in power consumption from suppliers including STMicro and Silicon Labs.
A look at recent new energy harvesting technologies in MEMS and how that power can be harnessed by designers and used in equipment.
The smart and connected home of the future, one that can control all the appliances, provide communications, sense an occupant’s presence, control entry and exit points, and much more, is getting closer.
Almost every system today is going wireless, and not just for connectivity to the Internet. Making systems wire-free for connectivity has almost become a mantra for companies.
LED lighting home automation with smartphone control is discussed including the different wireless interconnect options.
New protocols and open standards are emerging that are helping to drive up the volume of wireless links in home automation and drive down costs.
Today, most engineers spend a lot of time focusing on producing energy efficient products. However, even using energy efficient products in a very energy inefficient home or office will not have much impact on overall energy consumption.
With the reduction in cost and power supply of wireless systems, smart home automation systems are becoming increasingly popular.
The decades-old reign of infrared (IR) technology in remote controls may be coming to an end as remote controls get smarter and require bidirectional communications.
Full implementation of the Smart Grid will require millions of wireless connections to monitor and control appliances in homes, office systems in businesses and industrial systems inside factories.
ZigBee operates in the industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) radio bands, including 868 MHz in Europe, 915 MHz in the U.S. and Australia, and 2.4 GHz in most other jurisdictions worldwide.