Legrand announces that it will begin testing NPS technology in its RF-enabled switches.
NEW YORK, NY, November 10, 2016 —In a move to bring greater intelligence and connectivity to the Built Environment, Legrand today announced it will be testing Network Presence Sensing (NPS) technology with Legrand switches. NPS technology monitors RF signal strength between switches, lights, and other IoT Devices and detects the interference created when people or animals are present in the wireless network. Such technology can grow over the product life cycle through over-the-air updates since NPS uses the wireless communications already built into Legrand RF devices. The resulting analytics can determine presence, motion, direction and speed, and when deployed with other IoT devices in the home could provide safer, more efficient, more intelligent homes and workplaces.
Today’s announcement was made by Legrand North and Central America Chief Executive Officer John Selldorff at the North American launch of Legrand’s ELIOT program to advance IoT in the Built Environment. According to Selldorff the ability to deliver NPS functionality within Legrand switches in the near future could be transformative.
“The potential for an NPS-enabled Legrand switch is diverse and compelling,” Selldorff explained. “Such a device could automate pathway lighting and help prevent trips and falls; enable people counters in the event of an emergency; trigger fall detection to assist the elderly and precisely locate and monitor intruders in a break-in. That’s just some of the safety and security advantages. Now imagine the efficiency, productivity, sustainability and recreational gains of more responsive, intelligent buildings with an NPS-enabled Legrand device.”
Legrand is a global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value is a prime vector for growth, including in particular connected devices stemming from Legrand’s global Eliot (Electricity and IoT) program. Legrand reported sales of $5.3 billion in 2015. Legrand has a strong presence in North and Central America, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include C2G, Cablofil, Electrorack, Luxul, Middle Atlantic, Nuvo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, QMotion, Quiktron, Raritan, Vantage, Watt Stopper, and Wiremold. Legrand is listed on Euronext Paris and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI, Corporate Oekom Rating and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us.
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