Wireless Fixture Level Control - Sensor Switch

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Product Launch

April 2012

© 2013 Sensor Switch

Table of Contents



Introduction


Key Applications


Wired Backbone Elimination


Wireless Fixture Level Control


Products


WiFi

Technology


Why
WiFi


How nWiFi Works


Global Channel Functionality


Commissioning


Common nWiFi Questions


Competition


Marketing Materials





Key Benefits:



Adds wireless capabilities…extending nLight’s reach beyond wired networks


Leverages existing
WiFi

networks


Enables hybrid wired / wireless networks


simplifying system design


Decreases labor and material costs


Ideal for retrofit or fixture level control applications



Introducing nWiFi!

What is nWiFi?

nWiFi is a set of WIFI (802.11n)
enabled nLight devices used to
create dynamic lighting control
networks of wirelessly
interconnected sensors, relays,
and wired nLight control zones.



Wired Backbone Elimination


Wirelessly connects standalone wired zones
(e.g., classrooms, office, etc.) to the nLight
Gateway and SensorView Software


Hybrid wireless/wired architecture delivers
wireless benefits while maintaining
standalone reliability of CAT
-
5 wired zones


All zones communicate via facility’s existing
WiFi

data network


Eliminates requirement for nLight Bridge
device


Eliminates longest and most costly CAT
-
5
cable runs


Key Applications for nWiFi

Fixture Level Control




Key Applications for nWiFi…
Wired Backbone Elimination





All zones connected to a
Bridge via CAT
-
5



Multiple Bridges and
Gateway also connect with
CAT
-
5






WIRED ARCHITECTURE








Key Applications for nWiFi…
Wired Backbone Elimination





All zones communicate via
WiFi

to existing
WiFi

router/access point(s)



Eliminates need for nLight
Bridges and longest CAT
-
5
cable runs



Gateway is connected directly
to same LAN as
WiFi

router/access point








nWiFi ARCHITECTURE








Example Cost Analysis…
Wired Backbone Elimination





nCM PDT 9
(Sensor)


nPODM

WH
(WallPod)


nPP16
(Power Pack)


2 x CAT5 15FT
(Cables)


CAT5 50FT
(Cable for Bridge Connection)

+ Backbone Cost
1/6 of
nBRG

8 KIT + (2 x CAT5 100FT)

+

cost of 2 labor hrs
(~$80 / hr)







nWiFi ARCHITECTURE








WIRED ARCHITECTURE










nCM PDT 9
(Sensor)


nPODM

WH
(WallPod)


nPP16 WIFI
(Power Pack w/
WiFi
)


2 x CAT5 15FT
(Cables)

+ ~cost of 1 labor hr
(~$80 / hr)






~ 22% Reduction

Wireless Fixture Level Control


Ideal for warehouses, gymnasiums,
convention halls, & parking garages


All devices communicate via existing
WiFi

router/access point(s)


Provides fixture
-
level addressability/remote
operation


Eliminates all CAT
-
5 between fixtures
-
reducing labor and material costs

Key Applications for nWiFi

Wireless Fixture Level Control


Enables assignment of each fixture into
dozens of dynamic groups (i.e., All, Rows,
Columns, Zones, Alternating, etc.)


Reverts to standalone operation if
WiFi

network is down


Optional integrated occupancy and photocell
control


Allows creation and activation of group
presets

Key Applications for nWiFi


All sensors connected via
CAT
-
5



Bus power supplies needed



CAT
-
5 connection to Bridge
also required



High labor and material
costs (~$25 a unit in cabling)









WIRED ARCHITECTURE








Key Applications for nWiFi…
Wireless

Fixture Level Control





All sensors communicate via
existing WIFI router/access
point(s)



Eliminates all CAT5 between
sensors



All devices are self
-
powered



Devices can be assigned to
dozens of custom groups
enabling preset control









nWiFi ARCHITECTURE








Key Applications for nWiFi…
Wireless

Fixture Level Control





nWiFi Products





















Power Pack
(nPP16 WIFI)



Switches 16A @ 120/277 VAC


Powers itself & supplies 40 mA of bus power per RJ
-
45 port (2)


Integrated current monitoring







Fixture Mount Sensor

(
nCMRB

6 WIFI /
nCMRB

10 WIFI)



Switches 800W/1200W @ 120/277 VAC (single phase)


Powers itself and supplies 10
mA

of bus power RJ
-
45 port


Optional integrated photocell


Coming Soon: Integrated 0
-
10 VDC dimming & current
monitoring






Power Supply
(
nPS

80 WIFI)



Functions as nWiFi uplink device for a wired
nLight zone


Powers itself and supplies 40
mA

of bus
power per RJ
-
45 port







nWiFi Products





















Power Pack
(nPP16 WIFI)



Switches 16A @ 120/277 VAC


Powers itself & supplies 40 mA of bus power per RJ
-
45 port (2)


Integrated current monitoring







Fixture Mount Sensor

(
nCMRB

xx WIFI)



Switches 800W/1200W @ 120/277 VAC (single phase)


Powers itself and supplies 10
mA

of bus power RJ
-
45 port


Optional integrated photocell


Coming Soon: Integrated 0
-
10 VDC dimming & current
monitoring






Power Supply
(
nPS

80 WIFI)



Functions as nWiFi uplink device for a wired
nLight zone


Powers itself and supplies 40
mA

of bus
power per RJ
-
45 port






Now
Shipping!

WiFi

Technology

Why
WiFi
?…because its everywhere!


Leverages existing
WiFi

infrastructure within a building


Proven and most widely used wireless networking
standard


Doesn’t overlay a different wireless
protocol onto existing
wireless data
network, eliminating the potential for
interference issues


Enables simple commissioning via common
WiFi
-
enabled computers or tablets


No need to supply proprietary wireless network hardware
to support proprietary wireless protocols


Ubiquitous acceptance of
WiFi

by IT personnel


Uses trusted WPA2 AES encryption technologies for
secure communications

How does nWiFi work?


All nWiFi devices communicate through a
WiFi

router or access point…nWiFi devices
do not
communicate directly with each other


All devices must be in range of a
WiFi

access
point/router (802.11b/g/n)


All nWiFi devices are given a unique IP address
by local
WiFi

router or LAN


Other nLight devices can be wired to local port(s)
on nWiFi device via CAT
-
5 cabling as normal


nWiFi devices act as a single port bridge for its
locally connected zone


nWiFi networks that require Time
-
Based profiles,
GreenScreen, or BACnet plug
-
ins require an 2
nd

generation nLight Gateway (nGWY2)










WiFi

Technology

New Global Channel Functionality


In addition to the “Local” channels used today in wired
nLight zones, new “Global” channel functionality has
been added to the nLight architecture:



With traditional wired nLight systems, devices within a
zone communicate common occupancy, photocell, and
switch information over “local channels”


“Global channel” functionality enables communication of
this information between zones as well


Additional nWiFi Capabilities


This provides enhanced design flexibility for applications requiring master control stations or
centralized relays


Since each nWiFi device functions as its own zone (ie Bridge port), in order to control devices
together
nWIFI

devices can broadcast/track on local and/or global channels


128 global channels are available within an nLight network




New Global Channel Functionality
(cont.)


For example…


The white squares to the right represent a fixture with an
nWiFi device


A common global channel would be tracked by all
devices within each colored area


On/Off/ & Dim Level control of each area would then be
possible via standard nLight WallPods
(set to broadcast on
a particular global channel)


Each nWiFi device can be set to track any/all or the 128
global channels


Each device can be assigned multiple global channels
based on its location or type
(i.e. All Rows, Columns,
Alternating, Load Shed eligible, Custom, etc.)


Simultaneous control of multiple global channels
(referred to as a
Global Preset
)
is possible via a scene
selector
Wallpod





Additional nWiFi Capabilities

Warehouse w/ multiple global
channel assignments per device


SensorView running in
WiFi

commissioning mode can
directly connect and configure
nWIFI

devices


nWiFi devices are factory set to auto
-
detect and join an
open
WiFi

network that has “nLight” at the start of its SSID
(network can be provided by using a temporary
WiFi

router for
commissioning or via the existing access point/router network)




Commissioning of nWiFi


Once connected, SSID & Password credentials are reset to permanent and secure
WiFi

network


Startup of nWiFi networks by Acuity Brands Controls field tech is required (model #
nSTARTUP
)

Q:

With the addition of nWiFi devices on my network, what is the estimated increase in data traffic?

A
:


The addition of the nWiFi devices on a wireless network has minimal impact on the network. Network traffic

will be limited to periodic and event
-
based 50 byte packets of data.


Q:

What type of network security is used by nWiFi?

A
:

nWiFi utilizes standard WPA2, AES encryption.


Q:

What is the range of nWiFi?

A
:

nWiFi fully conforms to 802.11b/g/n. Consult the network administrator for the specific coverage area of

WiFi

network.
(Translation: if your smart phone can connect, so will an nWiFi device!)


Q:

Does Sensor Switch provide
WiFi

network equipment and/or services?

A
:

No, Sensor Switch does not provide and
WiFi

network equipment or services (ie
WiFi

routers and access

points), only products that have the ability to connect to an existing
WiFi

network.


Q:

What is the cost versus a wired nLight system?

A
:

The cost of an nWiFi system can be significantly less than a traditional nLight wired network as Bridge

devices and all backbone CAT
-
5 cables are eliminated… and don’t forget about installation savings!


Q:

How many nWiFi devices can be added to
WiFi

network?

A
:

This is dependent on the configuration class of the network (Class C = 255, Class B = 65,535) and the

device limitations of the router and/or access point. Consult your building’s
WiFi

network

administrator for

specifics about the router or access point used.

For more answers to FAQs go to
http://www.sensorswitch.com/nWiFi













Common nWiFi Questions

Wireless Competitive Landscape

Proprietary

Protocol

Standard
-
based Protocol

Standalone

Networked

wiHUBB™

WIFI

ZigBee

EnOcean

Networked Wireless Landscape

System

Highlights


vs. nWiFi


Intelligent wireless
occ
/photocell sensor


“Dumb” power pack module


Sensor per fixture based architecture


Focused on retrofit of commercial office space


Less flexibility

and architect
appeal due to sensor per fixture
optimized architecture


Limited

wall controls


Network of
ZigBee

enabled sensor
-
interface
devices and power packs


ZigBee
-
enabled


Gateway”

uplinks to system
software


Limited group

control options


3
rd

party sensors and wall
stations


Network of
ZigBee

enabled sensors, power packs,
and wall controls


Core intelligence based in
ZigBee

“Area Controller”


3
rd

party control devices


Area Controller is point of
failure for downstream zone


“SNAP”

protocol
mesh network

of w
ireless power
packs and “
wiHubb

Access

Point” modules


Access

Points wire to LAN and serve web
-
based
software screens


Sensors

and WallPods wire to wireless

SmartPack



Opposite architecture to nWiFi,

i.e. wireless zones & wired
backbone


Proprietary

protocol


900 MHz is more apt for
interference

wiHUBB™



nWiFi...
Going beyond stand
-
alone wireless







Features

Network

Wireless

Standalone Wireless


Scalability

Scales from single room up to entire buildings or
campus control networks

Limited to single
-
room applications

Wiring

Eliminates

CAT
-
5 runs
between rooms

Eliminates

CAT
-
5 runs
within a room

Power

Utilizes line or

network
-
supplied

power

One or more devices typically require
batteries or self
-
harvested

power

Interoperability

Easily interfaces with

nLIGHT

wired

controls

Not intended for hybrid

wired/wireless
networks

Control

Variability

Dynamic Control


(including time
-
based operation)

Fixed operation

Wireless

Requirements

Shares a facility’s existing

WiFi

data network

Layers additional wireless networks on top
of a facility’s existing data networks

Interference

Use of standards based data protocol

(802.11n) on a shared
WiFi

network

provides assurance against

wireless interference

Use of dedicated and/or proprietary wireless

protocols introduces potential for
interference

Remote Operation

Yes, via SensorView software on

PC/laptop or via smart phone/tablet apps

Limited

Ability

to Network

Network

Addressability


both via
nLight

address and IP address

Not inherently networked

Wireless technology is commonly used in two different types of lighting control applications.
Compared below, nWiFi provides the best in class networked wireless solution.