The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has ratified a new standard–ISO/IEC 14543-3-10–for wireless applications with ultra-low power consumption pioneered by EnOcean. The standard can be downloaded from www.iso.org.
The new standard is geared to wireless sensors and wireless sensor networks with ultra-low power consumption. It also includes sensor networks that utilize energy harvesting technology to draw energy from their surroundings–for example, from motion, light or temperature differences. This principle enables electronic control systems to be used that work independently of an external power supply.
Specifically, it 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 optimized for energy harvesting–Architecture and lower layer protocols.
International standardization will accelerate the development and implementation of energy-optimized wireless sensors and wireless sensor networks. It will also open up new markets and areas of application for energy harvesting solutions. In addition to the already established markets for home and building technology, there will be further uses ranging from the smart home, smart metering and the smart grid to solutions for industry, logistics and transport.
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.