One of the main features of an automation system is the use of sensors. The sensors will communicate through a wired or wireless network using one or more protocols. Using a centralized controller/gateway, multiple sensors can be distributed around the home to enable various tasks, such as, arm and disarm security systems, receive text alerts and notifications, control thermostat and home climate, lock and unlock doors, and control home lighting. However, the implementation of home automation has certain challenges that are preventing the industry from reaching its full potential.
NYCE has devised innovative sensors that address the well-known challenges of proprietary technologies like complexity and high price of installation, low energy efficiency and high maintenance cost. They adapted the ZigBee wireless data transfer protocol into their technology to develop the sensors. This technology has the potential to accelerate commercialization of wireless sensors for home automation and other related applications.
NYCE finds commercialization success by selling its product through many tier one home automation and retail operators. While NYCE is already providing its sensors to a variety of ZigBee compliant leading system integrators in the industry, it has found success in penetrating the market through retail companies that offer home security and home monitoring directly to the end user.
NYCE works closely with its customers to identify market needs and provide solutions through continuous innovations in its products. The company, which started as a contracting company in the home automation industry, now has in-depth understanding of end-to-end process in the field. Having realized the need for better sensors, NYCE has focused on developing sensors that can enable the industry to reach its potential. They are committed to understanding the needs of customers and delivering the best customer experience in the industry. Both the managerial and technical teams prioritize customer satisfaction as it indicates the relevance, effectiveness, and quality of the products.
NYCE’s wireless sensors are based on industry standard ZigBee HA profile IEEE 802.5.14 protocols—a standard that is becoming the most preferred communication system in home automation, security, energy management, home health care, and many other applications. Unlike devices using other protocols, ZigBee based devices can be networked in star, mesh, and other generic topologies and various ZigBee network topologies can be connected to each other in the form of a cluster. The low cost allows the technology to be deployed widely in wireless control and monitoring applications.
The low power usage of NYCE’s sensors allows longer life with smaller batteries. The mesh networking provides high reliability and larger range. ZigBee devices can be activated from sleep mode to active mode in 15 milliseconds or less, which results in very low latency and high responsiveness. As ZigBee allows the sensors to be in sleep mode most of the time, the average power consumption is very low, allowing very long battery life up to 5 years. According to NYCE, their sensors are the smallest in their class in the world and the company’s goal is to develop sensors that are “invisible” to end users like the recently release door hinge sensor.
NYCE’s commitment to matching its innovations to the needs of the industry is a key to expanding the home automation industry while sustaining the company’s growth and profitability. Its quest for innovative solutions strengthens the company’s core business and increases the customer base. Additionally, NYCE’s products are compatible with a number of proprietary and open-standard ecosystems in the home automation and security markets, which will help the company achieve its goals and give its products an edge over the competition.