Chilicon Power has modified its Cortex Gateway to function as both a solar monitoring unit and a home security center, which can communicate with home and office devices through existing wiring.
The multi-rate monitoring technology allows installers to program up to 255 microinverters according to HEM net meter information, via a LCD touch screen. A range of privacy and security settings are designed to suit every preference. Total data privacy is assured by the stand-alone mode, with no data transferred to the cloud at any time.
Though fully operational as a stand-alone system, the Gateway offers the option of backing up data by regularly exporting it to the cloud. Securely encrypted cloud interactivity comes via integrated Ethernet and Wi-Fi; a Z-Wave wireless interface allows installers to monitor consumption via current clamps found in any utility panel. Every configuration can be programmed directly from the touch screen or remote control.
The integration of another Z-Wave certified feature, the Home Security Center, turns the Gateway from a solar monitor into a ‘smart home hub.’ Features of the Gateway Home Security Center include 105dB siren and intrusion detection via motion sensors. The security system can be operated entirely from the Gateway interface.
“Installers like the convenience of controlling security, consumption monitoring and solar from one device,” said David Sywensky, the company’s Director of Sales. One remote control is always better than three. People pay 40-50 dollars a month for an alarm system, so having a one-time charge for these sensors is attractive, he said.
The system emits light (from a super-bright LED system) and a choice of 5 audio alerts, allowing users to assign different alerts to different emergencies. Homeowners and office managers can program, schedule and control the device from anywhere in the world over the Z-Wave mesh network.
“The security system is wireless so you don’t have to start drawing wires to windows and doors. You can just fix the sensor on the window and the door,” explained Chilicon co-founder Alexandre Kral.
Founded in 2009, Chilicon Power designs and manufactures grid-interactive inverter systems and monitoring solutions in Southern California. Chilicon Power builds the world’s highest efficiency 60-cell module inverter.