19 July 2011

Wireless operated power switch automatically switches off non essential equipment

Derby based Intelligent Distributed Controls (IDC) has launched a smaller version of its energy saving power blocks, the ZB116.

According to the company, it provides a low cost, wireless operated switch with remote power monitoring, which reduces energy consumption by automatically powering down non essential equipment. Applications include lighting, heating, air conditioning and IT data centres.

The ZB116 comprises a 240Vac remotely operated switch with real time smart metering in a self contained unit. The device is an intelligent node that can be positioned anywhere in buildings or plant, making system expansion a simple task without the need for physical data buses such as USB and Ethernet cables. It can be installed in walls, ceilings or desk furniture via standard plug and socket connectors provided at each of its ends.

Programmable for automatic or remote control, and integrating a pcb with remotely controlled 15amp isolation relay and a wireless smart energy meter, the ZB116 uses the IEEE802.15.4/Zigbee wireless network, enabling up to 100 devices to be connected to a single gateway. As IDC's low power network system provides two way communications, the devices are able to relay each other's traffic and be interrogated remotely, bypassing wired networks completely (a problem with other Wi-Fi networks).

The integrated pcb measures the power consumed by the ZB116 socket; it also measures amps, volts, and power factor readings, all of which can be logged in IDC's hosted server by the wireless gateway. This facility enables central analysis of the power that is being consumed by large numbers of the ZB116 units, enabling efficiency comparisons and power savings to be calculated by IDC's Smart Energy Manager.

The Web based, Smart Energy Manager enables businesses to audit, monitor and manage energy consumption. This is designed to ensure that more accurate service usage figures are being collected; it also improves accounting charging, reduces costs and increases the accountability of managers to monitor and maintain the services aspects of their assets. The stream of information which can be collected via the wireless system from building facilities across sites is crucial for trending operations to improve on site demand management and increase efficiency.

Author
Intelligent Distributed Controls

Supporting Information

Websites
http://www.dmaeuropa.com/tabid/1213/ItemId/1221/default.aspx?Ref=0

Companies
Intelligent Distributed Controls Ltd

This material is protected by Findlay Media copyright
See Terms and Conditions.
One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not.
For multiple copies contact the sales team.

Do you have any comments about this article?


Add your comments

Name
 
Email
 
Comments
 

Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published.
Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.

Related Articles

SiLabs buys Touchstone

Silicon Labs has acquired Touchstone Semiconductor, an early stage power ...

AMD unveils Adelaar GPU

AMD's diversification away from its traditional PC and server markets continued ...

Intel consolidates systems

Intel used Embedded World to unveil a platform designed to speed time to market ...

On track for clean power

Every piece of equipment needs power and yet, claims Peter Creely, there are ...

Next step is embedded

The embedded sector continues to grow, pushed by economies of scale and pulled ...

Protecting embedded systems

An embedded system can be attacked by injecting malware at some point. Once ...

Remote management

Out of Band (OOB) remote management can help to optimise the total cost of ...

4th gen Intel Core processors

This whitepaper from congatec will outline the benefits to embedded designers ...

SoCs for embedded systems

This whitepaper discusses Altera's programmable SoC approach to ARM based ...

FT51 and FT90 MCUs

FTDI's focus at Embedded World was on two new families of microcontrollers, ...

Modular power supplies

While engineers are increasingly looking to simplify power design, often by ...

SSD for embedded applications

Arrival Electronics has announced the availability of Silicon Motion's FerriSSD ...

ARM mid-range mobile solutions

Nandan Nayampally, vp of processor marketing, introduces the new suite of ARM ...

Ask the expert: DSP

Murtaza Ali is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS) at Texas ...

LM5023 Low standby power demo

Terry demonstrates the ultra-low standby power of the LM5023 quasi-resonant ...

Search for software testers

Is there anybody out there?! *tumbleweed* This is how it feels looking ...

Embedded engineering needs

Software is a fundamental part of developing today's electronic devices. It's ...

Steve Edwards, cto, CWE

Graham Pitcher finds out that COTS is now being applied at the system level.

Sean Riley, vp, Lattice

Sean Riley, Lattice Semiconductor's corporate vice president and general ...

Claire Jeffreys, NEW

Claire Jeffreys, events director, National Electronics Week, talks with Chris ...