Microsoft joins alliance to standardize
intelligent building solutions for the IoT
EnOcean Alliance said that its program to digitalize building spaces and the internet of things has been significantly expanded and strengthened, with the addition of Microsoft as a board and promoter member of the alliance.
“As a member of the EnOcean Alliance, we encourage innovation and standardization in intelligent building control. We are empowering businesses to adapt digital technologies quickly and build their own digital competencies to offer new services to their customers by sharing our expertise as a technology leader, sharing experiences of our own transformation journey and providing advanced platforms and tools,” said Thomas Frahler, business lead for IoT at Microsoft Germany. “With our comprehensive IoT Platform we are simplifying the entry for companies into the Internet of Things, regardless where they currently are at and independent of cloud, software or devices.”
“IoT brings us huge opportunities to improve all of our lives including comfort, security, energy efficiency and cost savings. To do this in buildings we need to digitalize building spaces to provide the necessary data required as well as powerful AI analytic and representation tools,” said Graham Martin, chairman and CEO of the EnOcean Alliance.
“I see this therefore as a perfect marriage with EnOcean wireless and maintenance free interoperable sensors from multi-vendors providing the necessary data and Microsoft offering the perfect platform solutions to analyze and optimize our buildings. We are very excited to welcome Microsoft as a new board and promoter member of the EnOcean Alliance. With Microsoft’s long-standing expertise in cloud-based services and IoT, we have gained a very strong partner in the ecosystem. We are looking forward to a successful cooperation to build the future of IoT,” Martin added.
The EnOcean Alliance offers an ecosystem of 5,000 interoperable multi-vendor sensors and actuators for intelligent buildings, and said that its approach is proven in over 1 million buildings worldwide.
The core technology of the Alliance is energy-harvesting wireless technology for flexibly positioned and service-free sensor solutions. The EnOcean Alliance aims to internationalize the energy harvesting wireless technology and is dedicated to creating interoperability between the products of OEM partners. Basis for this is the international standard ISO/IEC 14543-3-1X, which is optimized for wireless solutions with ultra-low power consumption and energy harvesting, the EnOcean Alliance said.
The EnOcean Alliance has more than 400 members worldwide, and it standardizes and develops intelligent building solutions with integrated energy-harvesting wireless technology. Some of its members include BSC Computer, Digital Concepts, Eltako, EnOcean, Honeywell, IBM, Vertuoz by Engie and Vicos.