Low energy mesh: The new industrial era

I guess nobody has missed that LumenRadio recently not only outperformed the competition, but also set a new standard for low energy mesh technology. Let us explain in detail what this means for Industry 4.0 and what incredible benefit it may entail for your business.

Real-time condition monitoring of critical equipment is a rule rather than an exception. At the same time less critical functions are disregarded due to cost or complexity aspects. However, sudden failure of these unmonitored assets might cause major damages to equipment, unplanned shutdowns or slowdowns with large expenses as a result. Actually, it is the installation of wireless sensor networks that is predicted to grow at an exponential rate over the next few years and among the fastest-growing sensor types are the simple temperature sensors*.

Many of you reading this are probably familiar with the tough requirements that need to be fulfilled to receive IP, IECEx and ATEX-certification for industrial devices. These certifications defines the essential health and safety requirements and conformity assessment procedures to be applied so that critical applications are protected in demanding environments.

 

Zero-wire sensor solutions

After these devices are installed and put in operation in Hazardous Locations, they must not be opened or affected – hence changing batteries after a few years in operation is not an option. You don’t want to put anything at risk in an explosive atmosphere and the products need to be designed to withstand extremely harsh conditions during its complete life cycle. This is one of the main benefit with having wireless products running in industrial applications; eliminating the need of changing batteries through the whole lifecycle. A technology which solves this problem is in strong demand and by some it’s considered a dream – we just made it a reality.

By releasing improved ultra-low energy consumption for battery operated solutions, we made it possible for industrial players to break new ground and take the next step within zero-wire sensor solutions.

 

Low energy mesh for sensor technology

MiraOS v2.1 enables ultra-low energy consumption for battery operated solutions. The current consumption for meshing nodes is now reduced to less than 16uA, which enables more than 15 years operation in routing mode from an AA-sized battery.

MiraOS enables low-powered sensor technology to become smart and connected through large-scale wireless mesh networks. Finally, product manufacturers can get an ultra-reliable and Future-Proof wireless solution with the most resilient technology on the market – justifiable for a much broader range of equipment. Decreased energy consumption means that sensors and devices can be designed for industrial requirements running on small batteries for a complete product lifecycle. Another main driver of low energy mesh technology in battery powered devices is retrofit. Industrial machines are retrofitted with wireless sensors to attain lower installation cost, lower product costs and to have an increased service life of the product.

Low-power radio technology is a fundamental requirement in the design of communication protocol for wireless sensor networks. Only by doing that we can achieve autonomous sensor networks that are flexible and can be installed at low cost.

We have said it before – choosing the right wireless connectivity technology will be crucial for the future success of your business, so don’t settle for mediocre standards.

 

If you are interested in learning more about wireless technologies for predictive maintenance, please contact:

 

Christian Sahlin
christian.sahlin@lumenradio.com
+46 (0) 703 40 89 00

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Become IoT ready with connected fixtures

Today, smart lighting and connected fixtures is on every luminaire manufacturers agenda and a quick time-to-market solution to become “IoT ready” is crucial in order to retain or create your competitive advantage. But how do you get smart and rid yourself of  connectivity panic?

 

10 years ago we discussed how and when the LED was going to be used and adopted by the market and many of us were surprised how fast the LED revolution happened. The revolution we see now is within connected fixtures and not only is smart lighting a strong trend for achieving sustainable buildings and energy efficient cities, but today, luminaires in general are expected to be able to do more than just turn on and off.  But the most pressing question regards how fast these new features can be implemented.

 

The LED revolution happened fast and this coming lighting revolution will progress even more rapidly – there is no time to waste. A quick time-to-market solution, to have your luminaires become IoT ready, is crucial in order to retain or create your competitive advantage. But how do you add value to your fixtures and have them become IoT ready now, without having the in-house capabilities and knowledge it takes to develop your own reliable radio communication solution? The answer to this problem is one of the “ready-made” products for easy integration on the market. But the fact is that an IoT implementation is a big change and it requires future possibilities and business development needs to be weighed in in the decision making. So how do you combine rapid time to market and the option to do future developments?

 

With Lumenradio’s AirGlow, your fixtures will be IoT ready in a matter of minutes. But the main gain, which separates AirGlow from other wireless lighting controls, is that AirGlow has unique scaling abilities; it allows for light control of individual rooms but also the possibility to scale and allow for building wide control – all using the same product. This means that you can have your fixtures IoT ready in an instant, and still keep the options open for future developments and expand your offer further on – enabling even more ways to save energy and creating a better tomorrow.

 

Compared to other solutions, in almost every case, you have to choose between either a ready-made product for light control of individual rooms or an operating system for building wide control. With AirGlow you don’t have to choose – you get both options!  

 

Want to know more about this unique scalability and how AirGlow with minimum effort gives you maximum possibilities? Stay tuned for next blogpost or visit us at Lux Live (booth K11) to see AirGlow in real life and stop by for a “Coffee and connectivity” chat.

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Low Energy Mesh – Zero Wires for Zero Energy buildings

EU’s goal of making all buildings so called nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) by 2020 to reduce our carbon footprint creates a demand for low energy mesh technology in battery powered devices.

 

According to EU, buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions. Currently, about 35% of the EU’s buildings are over 50 years old and almost 75% of the building stock is energy inefficient, despite this, only 0.4-1.2% (depending on the country) of the building stock gets renovated each year.

 

Environmental action

On June 19 2018 EU voted for a new revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPDB) where one of the six additions states:

Smart technologies will be further promoted, for instance through requirements on the installation of building automation and control systems and on devices that regulate temperature at room level.

Already by 2020 member states must transpose the revised EDPD into national law. This might sound too ambitious and even aggressive but we cannot wait any longer. We need to act now for our wellbeing of tomorrow and the planet we are living on. We need implement smart building technologies.

 

Retrofit

To be able to meet the revised 2020 binding EDPD legislation, a massive retrofitting and renovation of existing buildings must take place. A improvement of these old buildings energy efficiency will significantly reduce CO2 emissions and help us fight global warming.

At LumenRadio we are already seeing an effect of this ambitious yet necessary directive among our customers. For manufacturers within HVAC and Building Automation there is today a huge demand for retrofit friendly wireless technologies.

 

Zero Wires

With this massive retrofitting, the demand for wireless connectivity for sensors and control gears is exploding! But wiring all sensors and control gears will be very expensive and replacing the data cabling with wireless connectivity will only take us half the way. It has to be Zero Wires.

For instance retrofitting a sensor measuring Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) will be very expensive if you still would need a power cable. The only way of solving this is by choosing an ultra low power connectivity technology that let’s the sensor run on small batteries for years or alternatively utilizing small size low cost energy harvesting technologies.

 

Low energy mesh

With the MiraOS version 2.1 release LumenRadio has taken low energy mesh to a new level. Building wide battery powered meshing connectivity for building automation is now for the first time feasible. In the ultra low energy mode LumenRadio is pushing the envelope of what is possible.

A sensor part of a meshing network can be powered from a standard small size coin cell battery beyond 10 years sending 5 sensor messages once every minute! This is significantly better than any other competing wireless technology and enables battery powered products to run on the same battery through the whole lifecycle.

For us this technology push is a matter of saving the planet.

Do you want to know more about LumenRadio’s ultra low energy mesh technology and help us reducing CO2 emissions? Call us today!

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