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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ConnectSense to Showcase HomeKit Sensors, Bluetooth Extender and Smart Outlet at CES 2017

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — (December 20, 2016) — ConnectSense, a leading manufacturer of home automation products, will showcase a new Bluetooth Extender in addition to the ConnectSense Smart Outlet and the company’s line of Bluetooth wireless sensors at CES 2017 Tech West at the Sands Expo Convention Center, Booth 40357, as part of the Smart Home Marketplace.

The new ConnectSense Bluetooth Extender enables users to access Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) sensors and devices from outside the home. Without the Extender, a wireless phone or other device is needed to connect to the Internet.

The Bluetooth Extender can be configured to work with Apple HomeKit or the ConnectSense Cloud. Utilizing HomeKit, users can securely control all their HomeKit accessories from an iOS device and the new Home app from Apple. Using the Bluetooth Extender as a hub, users can control smart devices from just about anywhere. By connecting to the ConnectSense Cloud, sensor data is saved to the Cloud and notifications are relayed to a smart phone or email.

The ConnectSense Bluetooth Extender can be used with the new ConnectSense BLE enabled sensors for temperature/humidity and water detection. The ConnectSense Bluetooth Temperature & Humidity Sensor provides accurate and reliable data for sensitive areas of the home, including wine cellars, collection rooms, greenhouses and more. It works in harmony with HomeKit-enabled thermostats to regulate temperature in areas where a thermostat isn’t present. The ConnectSense Bluetooth Water Sensor detects the presence of water before it causes costly damage. It is perfect for detecting leaks in basements and laundry rooms, as well as monitoring plumbing and refrigeration lines.

Both sensors operate using Bluetooth Low Energy and require only two AAA batteries for long periods of operation. In addition, all ConnectSense products integrate with the new Home app included in iOS 10, which makes it easy to set up and control all smart devices in one app. Apple HomeKit allows users to monitor these devices easily and securely using Siri on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch or Apple Watch. By integrating with the HomeKit ecosystem, users can easily create integrated scenes and rules to automate devices, regardless of manufacturer, with just a few simple steps. For example, users can set rules to automatically turn on lights or other devices when water is found, and users can ask Siri to gather information about the sensors, such as asking about the temperature.

ConnectSense also will display its Smart Outlet ($59.95), which enable users to easily control and monitor their everyday plug-in devices, such as lights, fans and televisions. The intuitive design of the Smart Outlet fits over any existing standard North American electrical outlet and features Apple HomeKit technology. After installing the ConnectSense Smart Outlet, users can configure it using the ConnectSense app available in the App Store and easily create integrated scenes and rules for all HomeKit devices.

With detailed power monitoring in the app, users have insight into the power consumption of devices plugged into the Smart Outlet, as well as how long devices have been turned on. Unique to the ConnectSense app is the ability to create rules based on power usage. For example, a homeowner can set a rule that says if the television has been on for three hours, turn it off. For safety, rules can be set to turn off hot or potentially dangerous devices, such as flat irons, if they have been left on for an extended period of time.

ConnectSense products are available at connectsense.com and on amazon.com.

About ConnectSense
ConnectSense develops and manufactures home automation products, including the ConnectSense Smart Outlet and a line of wireless sensors that monitor changes in your environment then notifies you by email or text when something goes awry. ConnectSense can be found at www.connectsense.com and on Twitter at @ConnectSense.

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Note to media: Additional information, photos and links to videos about ConnectSense products are available at https://gridconnect.box.com/v/CES2017