Gooee, the IoT platform provider for lighting, has partnered with EnOcean, a world leader in energy harvesting wireless technology, to integrate Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) based self-powered wall switch modules into the Bluetooth Smart Mesh stack; the primary communication protocol in Gooee’s enterprise IoT ecosystem.
The collaboration will result in the first EnOcean-powered wall switch device integrated into the new Bluetooth Smart Mesh protocol, the next evolution of the low power communication protocol that becomes available at the end of 2016.
With Gooee adopting Bluetooth Smart Mesh as its principle on-premise networking protocol, the integration of a wall-switch further enhances the full-stack offering to Lighting and Switch Manufacturers and provides a maintenance-free control solution that delivers versatility and simplicity in it’s installation.
This joint project follows the recent announcements of other Gooee technology partnerships: from bringing the first Bluetooth Smart Mesh to Lighting and the Internet of Things; to building the world's smallest ASIC sensor for Lighting applications.
“A physical control solution has been a requirement we knew Gooee had to address, and we wanted to offer a simple, energy-efficient, reliable solution to our customers,” said Simon Coombes, Gooee’s CTO.
“By integrating EnOcean’s energy harvesting wireless technology not only do we become the first to bring self-powered devices into the Bluetooth Smart Mesh but we eliminate a lot of the headaches in integrating physical switches into a wireless control solution and give end-users a great experience.
“We are extremely excited by this partnership, and EnOcean shares our vision for interoperability in the connected world,” Coombes added. “Technology companies need to collaborate and work together rather than building proprietary solutions where the end-user ultimately suffers.”
Dr. Wald Siskens, CEO of EnOcean, said that the joint project demonstrates the technological leadership of the two technology companies: “This partnership combines our core competencies; EnOcean in energy harvesting wireless control and Gooee in IoT and cloud applications. By working together we are creating self-powered IoT solutions in the field of energy management and lighting control for millions of end users.”
The development of a BLE based self-powered switch is a result of EnOcean’s decision to introduce energy harvesting wireless technology in the 2.4 GHz frequency band for globally usable applications. This adds to EnOcean’s products in sub-GHZ and for 2.4 GHZ ZigBee 3.0 systems for new markets and regions.