openPicus joins EnOcean alliance

Posted by openPicus | On: May 25 2012
Today I want to share an important step for openPicus as we joined the EnOcean alliance!

The Enocean Alliance develops and promotes self-powered wireless monitoring and control systems for sustainable buildings and focuses on formalizing the interoperable wireless standard.

Enocean alliance is made of more than 300 companies worldwide offering a wide range of devices for home automation: switches, plugs, sensors and almost everything that is needed to transform a standard home into a smart home.

The main benefit of Enocean technologies is that the products they build are completely interchangeable with the standard, dummy, ones and there’s no complicated installation, you just need a simple replacement since no cabling is needed.

The basic idea behind this innovative technology stems from a simple observation: where sensors capture measured values, the energy state constantly changes. When a switch is pressed, the temperature alters or the luminance level varies: all these operations generate enough energy to transmit wireless signals.

Instead of using batteries, EnOcean uses miniaturized energy converters to supply power like linear motion converters, solar cells and thermal converters.

While these smart technologies allow wireless operation in very unusual surroundings, the intelligent software stacks enable straightforward and simple integration of EnOcean technology in a large variety of user applications.

That’s why I’m excited to say that we are working on the EnOcean Nest! A simple, low cost, expansion board for Flyport (both Wi-Fi or Ethernet) with an EnOcean module onboard. We also already made our first proof of concept application, that will be released for free, that reads data coming from the EnOcean module (it’s basically a simple serial communication).

What could you do with the EnOcean Nest?

The scenarios are several: think to an Internet gateway that lets you interface your EnOcean devices to internet, easily. Then you could create, or adapt, a cloud service to manage your Smart Home directly from the internet.
A Wi-Fi enabled gateway would be useful also from a local point of view: you can customize the Flyport webserver to be the local “intelligence” of your Smart Home. The FlyPort will be usable as a low cost programmable development tool for the Enocean universe. You don’t need to put hands on the Enocean transceiver: just create your application on Flyport with the openPicus IDE, for free and you’re done!

It’s really hard to say what’s the limit of this technology and its applications: stay tuned as we’ll release all the info as soon as possible.
A huge wave of innovation is coming, and that will be also thanks to you and your ideas. openPicus is becoming more and more a open company and we care about each advice!
If you want to read more about EnOcean technology here are some useful link:

Posted by Claudio Carnevali, @akaclaudio

4 Comments

  1. Mauro says:

    Hi Claudio! Great news! When do you think this nest prototype will be ready? Any idea about the cost?
    Mauro

  2. Mauro
    we receive the PCB prototypes tomorrow and we’ll start to make some testing (even if we already made some tests on a protoboard and everything is ok).

    Regarding prices we need to receive an offer for the EnOcean transceiver for small quantites (to begin) but I think we’ll have an idea of prices in 10 days.

    We’ll be together with them in the next Innovative Cities conference in Nice, we’ll try to push them to have low prices to make this new gateway very convenient!

  3. Mauro says:

    Hi Claudio! Let me know about your testing. I think this type of devices controlled by Freedomotic software could be a great solution for home automation.
    Regards

  4. Mauro we just made a couple of prototypes and tomorrow we’ll show these devices to EnOcean in Nice (we are in their booth at Innovative City convention in Nice). After the event we’ll publish schematics and pictures here.
    Basically it’s a mininest, very simple, with the EnOcean TCM320 gateway transceiver and a Flyport (Wi-Fi or Ethernet). The EnOcean module is connected by UART to Flyport and then you can send/receive EnOcean telegrams from/to EnOcean devices. Easy no?

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