Casambi, a Finland-based developer of LED lighting control and IoT solutions using bluetooth low energy (BLE) wireless technology, has introduced a new version of the Casambi App (version 2.11) and a new version of the firmware ( version 22.0). 1. The company also produces sensors, switches, dimmers, drivers, and Bluetooth BLE modules that work with its control solution.
Among the several features added to the new versions, the lighting control technology now enables daylight management. The control solution permits the dimming of artificial lighting when daylight is visible to both reduce energy consumption and maximize lighting quality.
The new version of the app has also a feature that the company calls ‘Site’. Casambi says that ‘Site’ lets its lighting control solution work seamlessly within big building complexes. Furthermore, the company contends that ‘Site’-functionality lets the app control several networks.
Casambi Firmware and Apps Updatable Over the Air
The company says that like all of its software and firmware components for Apple and Android devices, LED Drivers, and the company’s 24/7 cloud service, the app, and the firmware can be updated over the air.
The firm created a firmware extension interface to make it possible to send sensor values and diagnostics through the Casambi network to the cloud and back. This new version of the firmware uses this capability. The firm notes that sensor values could be almost anything measurable such as illuminance, humidity, carbon dioxide, wind, color temperature, how many people have passed a certain location, a specific status, or an amount of time that has passed after an occurrence. Like the previous version, sensor values can be read from the app. They can refresh based on a chosen interval, or they can be refreshed on demand.
The end customer owns the gathered data and can use it freely for analysis and business purposes.
The extension interface also allows bidirectional communication between the company’s CBM-001 or CBM-002 Bluetooth BLE modules running the Casambi firmware and a secondary microcontroller of a Casambi-partner’s choice. In this way, the company says, that a partner can offer customer-specific functionality that cannot be provided by default functionality using the Casambi firmware.
An example of such, customer-specific functionality could be creating heat maps of people’s movements in a retail application, the company noted.