GreenPeak CEO discusses Smart Home at CES 2015
While roaming the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center at CES 2015, I met with Cees Links, CEO of GreenPeak.
EDN Editor Steve T at left and CEO Cees Links on the right at CES 2015
Links’ first comment to me was that the Smart home is not as much about sensors as it is about learning and coaching. The Smart Home learns how we want to live and will then manage to make our life comfortable.
The Smart Home is capable of 100+ nodes, so in 600+ million households worldwide that translates to 60+ billion units. It will be strongly integrated with Cloud services, Social media translating data collection with analytics, feedback and alerts with action. (Image courtesy of GreenPeak)
Social Media Applications for the Smart Home
Zigbee, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi sensors will be connected to the Cloud via DSL, Cable or 2G/3G/4G. The Cloud System will be hosted by the Service Provider and include gateway management, subscriptions, billing and support plus user interface through apps.
Through Social Media there will be analytics for life-style behavior learning, analysis and identifying situations that have exceptions and then will send status information and alerts to the user. (Image courtesy of GreenPeak)
A new Solution
Links says that Wi-Fi uses too much energy---hence their use of Zigbee and their GP691, Next Generation ZigBee Radio Chip and GPM6000 Modules for Internet of Things and Smart Home Networks announced at CES 2015.
The ZigBee Chip will support wireless IoT networking standards as ZigBee 3.0 and Thread New radio chips and integrated modules allow design engineers to easily add Smart Home/IoT capabilities to their devices and solutions for faster time-to-market. With GreenPeak’s use of Antenna Diversity, they get exceptional range and Wi-Fi interference rejection.
The GP691 ZigBee communications controller provides IEEE Standard 802.15.4-compliant spread spectrum data communication in the worldwide 2.4 GHz band and is capable of running the full stack and application for ZigBee applications, including ZHA and ZLL profiles. The IC features a radio transceiver, real-time MAC (Medium Access Control) processor, micro-controller, security engine, 16 KB RAM and 248 KB Flash memory for field upgradeability. In addition to fully supporting the latest ZigBee 3.0 (including the ZHA1.2) specification for wireless sense and control networks, the new GP691 chip boasts the industry’s most efficient power consumption for both transmit and receive. This is critical for the design of battery and energy harvesting powered Smart Home and IoT devices. The chip is over the air upgradable and includes support for new 802.15.4 based standards upon availability, such as Thread.
ZigBee 3.0 supports a wide range of Home, Enterprise and Industrial Automation, Smart Energy, and Light Link applications. IEEE 802.15.4 compliant, it is capable of covering a complete home with multiple floors. It can handle dead spots and WiFi interference via mesh networking. ZigBee 3.0 also supports large networks comprised of thousands of devices, which also makes it suitable for industrial applications and building automation. ZigBee 3.0 also includes Green Power, part of the ZHA and ZLL profiles, which supports energy harvesting and battery-free applications. Using no batteries, these self-supporting devices typically harvest just enough power to transmit a brief command to the network via ZigBee.
GreenPeak has partnered with USI, Universal Scientific Industrial (Shanghai) Co. Ltd, to develop an integrated module for the GP691 that reduces a product design company’s time to market without having to solve RF product integration challenges or to worry about international wireless certification. The (25 x 17 x 2.5mm) pre-integrated, pre-certified module adds a power stage/LNA providing up to 20 dBm output power, special transmit and receive circuitry and an integrated antenna plus a connector for a second external antenna enabling antenna diversity configurations, which all together, allow for greater range and robustness, providing coverage throughout an entire home. This module will be offered as the first in the GPM6000 module series optimized for Smart Home solutions.
The GPM6000 module
For more details visit the Green Peak website.
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