Nordic-powered Bluetooth low energy sensors provide wireless solution for detecting water leaks and monitoring changes in temperature and humidity

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ConnectSense sensors provide accurate and immediate reporting of changes in environmental variables employing Nordic’s nRF52832 SoC to provide wireless connectivity

Oslo, Norway  
2017/01/18

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Naperville, IL-based home automation manufacturer, Grid Connect Inc, has selected Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth® low energy System-on-Chip (SoC) for its ‘ConnectSense’ Wireless Temperature and Humidity and Water Sensor solutions.

The ConnectSense Bluetooth low energy Temperature and Humidity Sensor provides accurate and reliable monitoring of temperature sensitive areas of the home or office, for example wine cellars, IT server rooms, and greenhouses. The ConnectSense Bluetooth low energy Water Sensor provides water leak detection anywhere where plumbing needs to be monitored, for example laundry rooms or basements. Both the Temperature and Humidity Sensor and the Water Sensor are Apple HomeKit-compatible.

Sensor parameters and alerts are set using “if/then” rules from the ConnectSense app. The sensor data is automatically synched to iOS Bluetooth 4.0 (and later) smartphones and tablets via the Bluetooth low energy wireless link provided by the nRF52832 SoC, notifying the user in the event a water leak is detected, or of changes to the room’s temperature or humidity outside of the set parameters.

Both sensors employ two AAA batteries, providing between eight and 12 months of standard operation between replacement, thanks in part to the ultra low power characteristics of the Nordic nRF52832 SoC.

Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth low energy SoC, a member of Nordic’s sixth generation of ultra low power (ULP) wireless connectivity solutions, combines a 64MHz, 32-bit ARM® Cortex® M4F processor with a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio (fully compatible with Bluetooth 4.2, ANT™ and proprietary 2.4GHz RF software) featuring -96dB RX sensitivity, with 512kB Flash memory and 64kB RAM. When launched, the SoC was the world’s highest performance single-chip Bluetooth low energy solution, delivering up to 60 percent more generic processing power, offering 10 times the Floating Point performance and twice the DSP performance compared to competing solutions. 

“Although our previous generation sensors supported Wi-Fi, we decided to switch to Bluetooth low energy for our new sensors to gain even better power efficiency,” says Adam Justice, Vice President, ConnectSense. “Specifically we selected Nordic’s nRF52832 SoC for its power efficiency and robust SDK [Software Development Kit], which included support for Apple HomeKit’s latest specifications. This is our first experience working with Nordic and we have found the support to be excellent and the engineers to be very responsive. Overall it’s been a great experience.”

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Make Home a Safer Place with ConnectSense

Advancements in smart home technology have equipped homeowners with the tools necessary to create home environments that are free from danger. Establishing a safe environment to protect loved ones and valuable possessions is of the utmost importance. ConnectSense is dedicated to enabling consumers with the ability to build completely customized systems for monitoring and controlling their homes. Installing a ConnectSense Smart Outlet or sensor within a home is a great way for homeowners to create a reliable environment that is optimized for their needs.

The Smart Outlet is typically associated as being a mechanism for home automation, but the power it provides for home security is often overlooked. Any home that looks unoccupied for long periods of time can be at risk for a security breach. This outlet provides users with the ability to create the appearance that someone is at home, at any time, using remote access and automation controls. An example would be if a resident is continuously arriving home late at night. The outlet can be used to turn on the lights and TV when it starts to get dark, which will make the house look as if someone is there. If a homeowner goes on vacation, the smart outlet can be used to turn lights and other devices on/off periodically throughout the day and night. The Smart Outlet can assist in establishing a safe household through these effective, security-oriented applications.

The Wireless Motion Sensor andWireless Security System offer more traditional methods for securing a home in comparison to the Smart Outlet. The Motion Sensor allows homeowners to monitor any motion in their home, garage, or shed to ensure their property is protected when they are away or sleeping. The Security System allows any door, window, or cabinet to be monitored. This means that the user will be notified the second any door or window is opened, allowing for the immediate prevention of a potential problem at home. These devices are economical solutions for monitoring and securing a home. The sensors are extremely easy to setup and offer a feeling of comfort.

Even though it is extremely important to protect households from theft, there are some additional ways to make a home much safer. Implementing some of the other powerful sensors, such as the Water Sensor or the Dry Contact Sensor, homeowners will have much more protection from unpredictable and natural sources of danger. The assortment of sensors allows users to create a home monitoring network that is optimized for their needs. There is no need to spend a lot of money on a high-price security system when these ConnectSense products offer the same amount of protection for a fraction of the cost. Any home can be a safe home with the installation of a few ConnectSense sensors or Smart Outlets.

For more information, check out the website: https://www.connectsense.com/

Save Money on Insurance with a Water Sensor

Repairing the damages inflicted on a home caused by water-related issues can be expensive and agonizing for both homeowners and insurance companies. Many insurance companies recognize the commonality of water damage as natural elements are among the most common threats in terms of disturbing a home environment. Northbrook Insurance Associates, Inc. calculated the most common home insurance claims and ranked water damage as the most common cause of damage for homeowners. These types of damages may seem difficult to avoid, but utilizing a ConnectSense Water Sensor can help remedy these difficulties and allow homeowners to detect water before it becomes a problem.

The benefits of using a water sensor within a home environment are simply astonishing. There are many different ways that water can create a problem at home. Whether it be a flooding basement, a broken washing machine hose, a leaking roof/ceiling, or something else, the damages can be catastrophic. Even though home insurance can cover these damages, it is still a tremendous burden to have to repair them, as well as replace any ruined furniture or possessions. Implementing a water sensor within a home environment will allow home owners to prevent any damages to their home by catching any issues before they become a serious problem. It is an economical solution that can save homeowners time in terms of repairing their home and filing insurance claims. There are also various insurance companies that will offer a discount to a consumer’s premium if they install a water sensor.

Installing a water sensor may seem like it is only to the homeowner’s benefit, but it can actually help insurance companies save money too. The ideal household for an insurance company is one that has a lower risk of an expensive incident occurring. If insurance companies advise their customers to invest in reliable water sensors, they can help prevent the quantity of claims made for water damages. This means that insurance companies won’t need to spend as much money each year to pay off claims.

A water sensor can alleviate the pain caused by water damages for both homeowners and insurance companies. Homeowners can save money on their premiums and not have to waste their time and energy repairing any damages to their home. Insurance companies have the ability to save money because they will not need to spend as much money on insurance claims. Investing in a reliable water sensor, such as the ConnectSense Water Sensor, will ultimately reduce the expenses of water damage. These benefits do not stop with water sensors; there are a variety of other impeccable ConnectSense sensors that can help reduce the costs of premiums for homeowners and claims for insurance companies.

Zombie Awareness Tips: How to survive the apocalypse with a smart home

Zombies. The walking dead returned from the grave to feast on soft buttery brains. Smart homes, a technology that allows for the automation of certain tasks such as turning on lights or changing the temperature.

What do zombies and smart homes have in common? Very little. However, when the zombie apocalypse comes and zombies eat your neighbors (sorry George!), your neighborhood’s smart home technology may not be entirely useless.

Just like in AMC’s The Walking Dead and numerous other zombie movies, should the shambling hordes come, you’ll want to do what you can to survive. According to the Zombie Research Society, May is “Zombie Awareness Month,” so SiliconAngle’s staff has worked out ways you can make smart homes work for you should the dead come knocking.

Read more at SiliconAngle or download the PDF now.

One Simple Way To Keep Your Home Safe This Summer

Good weather is on the rise and so is crime. We often get accustomed to the feelings of safety and privacy in our home. We head to work with the confidence our home and possessions are safely locked away. This is until we experience a breach in our privacy and it is already too late. It gives you a relentless sense of uncertainty and vulnerability. Earlier this spring I experienced just that.

It was a normal Tuesday morning. I woke up, got ready for work, fed and said goodbye to my puppy and kitten, locked the door and parted ways with my partner for work. Little did I know, my animals were going to witness an attempted burglary. When I got home the dog was hysterical and the door knob was crushed from someone attempting a forced entry with some kind of a wrench. We felt violated and were uneasy the next few days. Finally, we decided something needed to be done to ensure the safety of our home and pets.

When you see burglars on TV or in the movies they are always lurking in the shadows and breaking into houses in the middle of the night. In reality 65% to 75% of household robberies occur during the day when you’re at work or out and about. There was something we needed to do to be able to monitor our home while at work without having to pay an arm and a leg in monthly fees for home security. That is when we turned to the Internet of Things and installed Connect Sense security sensors and an IP camera.

With the Connect Sense security sensor we are able to set a rule to notify us via text message and email if our front door is breached during work hours. If this occurs we can pull up our camera feed and start recording while we get on the phone with the police. The notifications are convenient because we do not have to constantly check in, but we still get the peace of mind and confidence that everything is okay at home. I wish we would have installed this system earlier but we, like many others, waited until an incident had already occurred. I feel much safer knowing that I am now prepared for any potential security issues in the future.

 Connect Sense Security Sensor

Connect Sense Security Sensor