Rueil-Malmaison, France — Schneider Electric unveiled the prototype of the world’s first ZigBee-compatible self-powered switch at the ZigBee European Forum in Munich, Germany, on June 29.
With this wireless, batteryless switch based on ZigBee technology, Schneider Electric is responding to market expectations for a product that is:
– easy to install, as it is wireless,
– reliable, as the switch operates continuously and requires no maintenance,
– green, as there are no batteries to recycle.
The switch illustrates two aspects that Schneider Electric feels are indispensable in the design of more energy efficient solutions for residential and commercial buildings: true interoperability of networked equipment and the confidence and foundation for upgradeability provided by a shared technological standard.
The prototype presented in Munich grew out of Schneider Electric’s involvement in the HOMES program (www.homesprogramme.com), a European project comprising 13 manufacturers and researchers that is designed to create solutions for achieving optimal energy performance in all buildings. Emulation and knowledge sharing within this ecosystem considerably speeded the development of the ZigBee-compatible self-powered switch.
Filed Under: Wireless, Electronics • electrical, Green engineering, Switches