EnOcean - the originator of the patented energy harvesting wireless technology
EnOcean GmbH is the developer of the patented energy harvesting wireless technology marketed under the brands Dolphin and Easyfit. Headquartered in Oberhaching, near Munich, the company produces and markets self-powered wireless sensor solutions for batteryless applications in the Internet of Things, which are used for building and industrial automation, smart homes and LED lighting control. The EnOcean products are based on miniaturized energy converters, ultra-low power electronics and robust radio technology in open standards like EnOcean, zigbee and Bluetooth Low Energy. Leading product manufacturers have been relying on EnOcean wireless modules for their system solutions for the past 15 years and have installed the products in several hundreds of thousands of buildings around the world.
The self-powered Internet of Things
The Dolphin modules and Easyfit products use the energy harvesting principle, in which energy is obtained from the surroundings, to supply self-powered wireless sensor networks. The modules are based on miniaturized energy converters that convert motion, light or temperature differences into electrical energy. Together with an efficient energy management system, the energy harvesting technology facilitates communication between maintenance-free IoT devices based on open wireless standards, such as EnOcean, zigbee and Bluetooth Low Energy. The solutions are used in building automation, smart homes, LED lighting control systems as well as industrial applications.
Networked devices form the basis of the Internet of Things. They process large volumes of sensor data to make our everyday lives easier, safer and more comfortable. EnOcean´s Dolphin modules are a key component of this extensive network: self-powered, wireless sensors that provide reliable sensor data for IoT systems.
The Dolphin portfolio – energy harvesting wireless modules for maintenance-free sensor solutions
The product lines "868 MHz EnOcean" for Europe, "902 MHz EnOcean" for North America and "928 MHz EnOcean" for Japan consist of batteryless, radio-based switch, sensor and receiver modules as well as various tools. They are based on the EnOcean wireless standard introduced by the EnOcean Alliance (ISO/IEC 14543-3-1X) on the sub 1 GHz band, which has proven to be a resounding success in building automation and smart homes, due to its high reliability and a radio range of up to 30 meters. Standardized sensor profiles help ensure the interoperability of more than 1,500 products from the EnOcean ecosystem, which makes it possible to develop interoperable system solutions.
The Dolphin portfolio also includes the "2.4 GHz zigbee" product line with energy harvesting wireless switch modules as well as a wireless receiver for zigbee systems in the 2.4 GHz band, which can be used in smart home applications all over the world. Moreover, the "2.4 GHz BLE" portfolio includes a wireless switch module for Bluetooth systems for modern lighting control. Radio-based 2.4 GHz Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)-based sensors will follow in 2017.
Easyfit – finished products for wireless and self-powered LED controls
Easyfit products are self-powered switches and sensors using wireless standards such as EnOcean and Bluetooth Low Energy to make LED lighting solutions more energy-efficient, more flexible and lower in cost. Under the Easyfit brand, EnOcean offers a comprehensive wireless LED controls portfolio for lighting systems using EnOcean wireless standard in 902 MHz for North America. The Easyfit product line includes self-powered sensors and switches, actuators, LED fixture controllers as well as a commissioning tool, enabling simple configuration, intelligent local control, and seamless integration with building automation systems.
EnOcean also offers wireless and self-powered LED controls for Bluetooth lighting control systems in 2.4 GHz. The Easyfit BLE switches are available in two different design versions – Easyfit US design and Easyfit European design. The self-powered and wireless Easyfit switches with Near Field Communication (NFC) allow simple or complex lighting scenes and effects, and enable simple, flexible installation of lighting applications. The wireless Easyfit switches are maintenance-free due to no batteries, freely positionable and allow flexible control as well as intuitive usage.
EnOcean is currently working on new energy converters that are able to generate sufficient energy from slight vibrations or temperature differences. Thanks to further miniaturisation of energy converters and electronic components, EnOcean is opening up completely new areas of use to realize energy-efficiency solutions.
Andreas Schneider, CEO: "Battery-free wireless sensors will make an entrance into many different areas of our lives. Whether at home, at the office, or during our precious leisure time – everywhere, we find new possibilities of switching things or recording states: No time-consuming expensive installation, highly efficient use of limited resources. – The pleasure we derive from innovative solutions keeps our team together and will also fascinate you!"