The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has ratified a new standard – ISO/IEC 14543-3-10 – for wireless applications with ultra-low power consumption. It is the first and only wireless standard that is also optimised for energy harvesting solutions. Together with the EnOcean Equipment Profiles (EEPs) drawn up by the EnOcean Alliance, this international standard lays the foundation for fully interoperable, open wireless technology comparable to standards such as Bluetooth and WiFi. EnOcean expects that international standardisation will drive development of wireless sensors and wireless sensor networks, opening up new markets for energy harvesting solutions.
The new standard covers OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) layers 1-3, being the physical, data link and networking layers. The full title of the standard is: ISO/IEC 14543-3-10 Information technology -- Home Electronic Systems (HES) -- Part 3-10: Wireless Short-Packet (WSP) protocol optimised for energy harvesting -- Architecture and lower layer protocols.
Members of the EnOcean Alliance have already introduced more than 850 EnOcean-based, interoperable products, all of which comply with the new standard. Developers and manufacturers can therefore benefit from the Alliance's extensive practical experience, huge product range and installed base, and many years of user education. The EnOcean Alliance draws up the specifications for the applications based on the standard. These EEPs (EnOcean Equipment Profiles) ensure the interoperability of products from different vendors. They are optimised for ultra-low energy consumption and are therefore the ideal, tried and tested complement to the new wireless standard. This means that smart, energy-efficient automation solutions can be realised that are non-proprietary and industry-neutral.
"EnOcean wireless technology is already a firmly established technology for green, smart buildings and applications. The EnOcean Alliance sees the ratification of the international ISO/IEC 14543-3-10 standard as one of the key prerequisites for expanding the already highly successful, fast-growing EnOcean ecosystem. As an independent, open organisation, the Alliance is keen to inform potential product manufacturers and users about the benefits of the standard and to ensure the interoperability of EnOcean-based products," says Graham Martin, Chairman of the EnOcean Alliance.