Components | Electronics | Controls | Software | Mar 22, 2017

Casambi's Firmware Update Adds New Functionality to Smart Lighting Platforms

Casambi, the world’s leading provider of smart wireless lighting control software technologies, has issued a new firmware update to its smart lighting platform to provide integrated support for users of EnOcean switches, Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) devices and movement sensors. A new control hierarchy has also been developed to make it easier for users to automate lighting operation across a wireless network and to allow manual overrides to be performed when required.

EnOcean switches can now be paired to a Casambi network and work seamlessly within its framework. With the support of NFC technology, system commissioning is rapid and settings are easy to configure. Within a Casambi lighting control solution, the EnOcean switches can control luminaires individually or in groups across a network and operate different programmable scenes and animation sequences
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Casambi has integrated support for DALI devices within its smart lighting control platform to enable colour temperature and colour changes for device type 8 (DT8) fixtures and allow control of a linear DALI dimming curve for drivers that support device type 6 (DT6) extensions. When commissioning the DALI driver, the Casambi firmware now automatically assigns and reassigns DALI short addresses to DALI drivers. At each power-on, the platform verifies that all required addresses are available and short addressing is then only performed if needed.

The Casambi lighting control system has further improved the use of motion sensors. Input sources can come from ordinary relay-based movement sensors turning a smart switch or mains-powered push button input of a Casambi-ready device, and from a movement sensor integrated with Casambi’s CBM-001 module. It also provides an opportunity to track the data from individual sensors, and standalone sensor devices can now be quickly configured by simply navigating to the sensors menu tab within Casambi’s software app for tablets and smartphones.

A new control hierarchy allows users more co-operative configuration across a network between automated lighting controls (presence sensors and timers) and manual lighting controls (the app, switches and push buttons). For example, the platform will enable a timer to switch lighting on or off within an office area at a designated time or when a person is detected by a motion sensor, but facility managers or staff can manually override this automation if lighting needs to change at other times or locations.

Casambi’s latest system update also integrates improvements which offer greater functionality of the Xpress switch, enable Casambi units to be replaced without readdressing or commissioning, and extend the possibility for networks to have global fade times for starting up, toggling and dimming. A series of fine firmware adjustments also provides support for two mobile devices to simultaneously connect with each Casambi device without limiting control responsiveness.

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 www.casambi.com

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