Components | Electronics | Controls | Firmware | Jul 15, 2019

Casambi Lighting Control Firmware Evolution Boosts Performance and Future-Proofs Networks

Casambi, the pioneer in wireless lighting controls based on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), has announced Evolution – a major firmware upgrade. Delivered over-the-air and free of charge, Evolution delivers enhanced performance with higher levels of security, and advanced feature capabilities that future-proof pre-installed Casambi Ready devices operating across existing networks.

Evolution can be applied to all luminaires, drivers and lighting control devices based on the Nordic Semiconductor nRF52 chip, across the Casambi ecosystem. For Casambi products, the firmware is available for the CBM-002, CBU-PWM4, CBU-ASR, CBU-DCS, CBU-TED (manufactured from 3 January 2019 onwards), CBU-ASD (1 June 2018 onwards), and the Xpress (13 March 2019 onwards).

When upgrading, all network settings are maintained. The optional Evolution firmware upgrade joins the company's existing Classic firmware which continues to be supported.

"This latest Evolution firmware upgrade underlines why the Casambi ecosystem is the de facto Bluetooth lighting control standard," said Timo Pakkala, co-founder of Casambi. "In addition to delivering advanced capabilities, Evolution demonstrates that Casambi is the leading end-to-end lighting control provider with the most seamless firmware upgrade path."

Supporting up to eight Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) channels, Evolution offers better operational performance to users, taking advantage of four times more RAM chip memory to store new configuration data, such as additional scenes and timers. The new firmware also delivers an enhanced security model.

With this firmware upgrade, information on the condition and priority level of a Casambi device is now transferred through the Bluetooth mesh network, enabling detailed information to be visible remotely. This can be used to communicate that it has overheated, for example, or if there is a configuration failure or a missing driver.  

Evolution will run on any hardware platform that is based on the nRF52 and currently running Classic firmware version 25.0 or above. Backwards compatibility is maintained with previous versions of firmware, giving greater design flexibility to Casambi's ecosystem manufacturing partners and to lighting professionals who are using the multi-award winning control solution in their products.

While Casambi can manage an unlimited number of luminaires across an unlimited number of networks, the firmware upgrade boosts the number of 'Casambi Ready' devices that can operate within each single mesh network from 127 (the number attained when using Casambi's Classic firmware) to 250 – an increase of more than 96%.

Casambi offers comprehensive support for customers who would like to find out more about the Evolution firmware, or how to upgrade their existing projects – contact support@casambi.com

About Casambi:

Founded in 2011, Casambi's wireless lighting control software platform empowers users of smart devices to interact effortlessly with modern lighting around them. Based on Bluetooth Low Energy, the award-winning Casambi solution delivers a dynamic user experience, exceptional reliability and unrivalled performance. From basic, individual lighting-fixture controls to industrial-scale solutions with cloud-based remote control, monitoring and data logging, Casambi's technology can be easily integrated at low cost into lighting fixtures, drivers and modules. Additionally, installations can gain advanced lighting control functionality with minimal hardware and deployment outlay. Casambi develops its products in Finland and has a growing sales and support service across Europe, North America and Asia. For more information, visit http://www.casambi.com

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