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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IoT Podcast Episode 76: Tips and tricks for Apple’s HomeKit

Have you downloaded iOS 10 yet? If you have, and are wondering what to do with the Home app and your HomeKit home automation, then this show is for you. The IoT Podcast with Stacey Higginbotham brought on Adam Justice the head of ConnectSense, to discuss his experience with HomeKit so far (check out his video series).

Listen now: http://iotpodcast.com/2016/09/episode-76-tips-and-tricks-for-apples-homekit/

Back to college? What the kids need

Heading off to college is an exciting time for most students, but there are a couple of things that can be done to prepare them to be successful. College students no longer have their parents living with them, which is why they should be prepared to take care of themselves. There are a couple of cheap items that students can purchase to make living on their own painlessly easy, giving them ample time to work on classwork, or simply just relax.

In a video that details some modern necessities for heading back to school, the ConnectSense Smart Outlet received special mention. This device allows students to automate their dorms and apartments at a cheap price. Whether it is turning on the lights from their desk or bed with a Siri voice command, or making a pot of coffee on their way back from class with the touch of a button, the Smart Outlet allows students to control their living environment with ease. The Smart Outlet will make life significantly more convenient for students, providing instantaneous control over any electronic device or appliance. 

To see the fully video from WWLP, please visit http://wwlp.com/2016/08/22/back-to-college-what-the-kids-need/

How to Control your Setup like a Boss

Having to individually turn on/off an assortment of devices every time you enter a room can be a major nuisance and a waste of time. Any room can be controlled with ease utilizing the Apple HomeKit compatible, ConnectSense Smart Outlet. It essentially allows users to group all of their smart home devices together and control them via Siri voice commands. The outlet has two separately controlled outlets, a 2.4A USB port (perfect for charging phones and tablets), and two buttons for turning each outlet on/off.

This device is painlessly easy to setup! Simply plug the device into the wall and follow the quick setup steps included in the box; the device will be up and running in a matter of minutes. Once the device is setup, each outlet can be controlled with the touch of a button. The app allows users to change the name of outlets and use different icons to identify different devices. The app is intuitive and well-designed, allowing for the seamless creation of homes, rooms, zones, and scenes. All of these can be controlled in instantaneously using the powerful Siri voice commands.

If you love your setup and want to take it to the next level then you are going to love ConnectSense. Basically we have a smart outlet that runs via Apple HomeKit technology and allows you to control whatever you want via Siri.

Top Tech Gadgets for Back-to-School and College

The relaxing days of summer vacation are coming to an end, meaning it is time to start thinking about going back to school. Students across the country are scrambling to gather all of the school supplies necessary to get them through the year. That being said, incorporating some of the latest technology into a back-to-school shopping budget will help make the school year significantly easier for students. Whether it is a laptop, a smartphone, or some other smart device, technology can simplify everyday tasks and organization, helping students have the successful school year they deserve.

The Smart Outlet is one of the innovative technological devices that students should make sure they add to their arsenal of back-to-school supplies. Whether it is a college dorm or apartment, having control over lights and outlets from the touch of a button on a smartphone will make life so much easier. The ConnectSense Smart Outlet has two internet-enabled electrical sockets that enable users to be able to control any device that is plugged into it with Siri voice commands. This device can control any device, such as a fan or light, allowing students to be able to relax after a long day of class as they have complete control over their electronics from their phone. The Smart Outlet is one of the best technological devices for students wanting to prevail in their academic journey.

Read the full article: http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/gadgets/top-tech-gadgets-back-school-college-n625346