Powertech Selects GainSpan Wi-Fi for New Residential Energy Management
New system powered by GainSpan lets homeowners control and optimize energy
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 5, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- GainSpan^® Corporation, a
leader in ultra-low power Wi-Fi connectivity for the Internet of Things,
announced that Powertech Industrial Co., Ltd., a leading Taiwanese power
solutions manufacturer, has chosen GainSpan low power Wi-Fi modules for use in
its Wi-Fi Power Village Energy Management Solution. The Power Village solution
lets residential users monitor, control and optimize home energy usage
Powertech's Wi-Fi Energy Management system communicates energy data over Wi-Fi
to a computer or smartphone. The user simply installs Wi-Fi enabled smart
plugs wherever desired to control lighting, appliances, or other
energy-consuming devices. By logging onto their energy dashboard, users can
view energy consumption (watts, kilowatts, emissions and costs) in real time –
and control it by turning devices on or off remotely. Devices can be grouped
and rules set to turn appliances, for example, on/off in any sequence.
Detailed energy consumption trend and cost analysis can be viewed from
anywhere at any time to help homeowners optimize energy usage.
The Powertech system incorporates Cloudbeam software that lets users control
and monitor devices through the cloud, or locally using iOS or Android based
smartphones. The software includes smartphone apps for local control,
Cloudbeam's cloud solution for remote control via an infrastructure network,
and APIs that allow device data and control to be available for integration
over a dashboard, smartphone app or other application.
The Wi-Fi Energy Management System will initially be available in North
America through BOSS CONTROLS, beginning in early 2013. Plans are in the works
for worldwide distribution.
"Powertech's goal has been to push the envelope in terms of energy
management. By using GainSpan Wi-Fi we're not only adding a new dimension to
our residential systems that transforms the way consumers access and manage
energy usage, but we're also providing a system that is easy to set-up and
install in the home, something other Wi-Fi solutions did not offer," said
Frankie Chen, senior sales manager, Powertech. "GainSpan's technology
provides easy Wi-Fi provisioning, firmware upgrading over-the-air and support
for mobile application software."
Inside the Powertech Smart Plug is GainSpan's GS1011MEPS Wi-Fi module which
allows fast development of Wi-Fi enabled devices. It has a full Wi-Fi stack
including WPS for easy provisioning, 802.11i WPA/WPA2 wireless security, web
browser and mobile app based provisioning software for easy setup and
configuration in Limited AP or Client/Station modes, over-the-air firmware
update, and optional networking stack and services. The module has an
ultra-low power SoC that consumes a few uA of standby current and goes from
standby to active mode in just ms, making it ideal for battery-operated
devices requiring long life.
"Powertech's new energy management system, with its Wi-Fi enabled Smart Plug,
illustrates our combined commitment to develop and deliver advanced solutions
for the Internet of Things," said Bernard Aboussouan, vice president of
marketing, GainSpan. "We look forward to continue powering next generation
Powertech products that let consumers take control of their energy usage--and
Established in 2000, Powertech is a leading power solutions manufacturer with
a diverse power-related product line that ranges from surge protection to
power management. The company's products are marketed around the world,
including North America, Europe and Australia. Headquartered in New Taipei
City, Taiwan, Powertech is on the Taiwan Stock Exchange Co.
GainSpan is the leading semiconductor solutions company in low power Wi-Fi
connectivity for the Internet of Things. Its easy-to-use system-on-chip (SoC),
modules and software let customers leverage the large installed base of Wi-Fi
access points and smartphones to create connected products for healthcare,
smart energy and control/monitoring applications. www.gainspan.com.
Cloudbeam provides a wireless, device management platform that enables
end-to-end, bilateral communication between machines and users. Cloudbeam
partners with manufacturers and VARs to embed the GainSpan SoC with Cloudbeam
proprietary firmware into their machines, thereby "giving machines a voice."
Consequently, users can monitor, control and data mine their residential or
industrial equipment remotely through Cloudbeam's secure, scalable cloud and
suite of front-end web and mobile applications. www.cloudbeam.com
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SOURCE GainSpan Corporation
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