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EMAIL INTERVIEW – Ken Sinclair and Troy Davis
Troy Davis, VP Sales, EnOcean
Collaboration between EnOcean and Aruba
The core competencies of each company and how this joint effort can have a major benefit for building owners and facility managers.
Sinclair: We just published Aruba / EnOcean press release early July; tell us more. What are we here to discuss today?
Davis: Today's topic is the collaboration between EnOcean, the pioneer of energy harvesting and world leader in
self-powered sensors, and Aruba, a Hewlett-Packard enterprise company.
We will be covering the core competencies of each company and how this
joint effort can have a major benefit for building owners and facility
Who is EnOcean?
has been providing data to the Internet of Things (IoT) for nearly 20 years, long before
it was known as the IoT. Our specialty is self-powered, battery
free wireless sensors and controls that can provide information and
cognitive feedback about the built environment. We typically refer to
sensors that capture their energy from the environment - from movement, light and temperature - as “energy
harvesting” and EnOcean is the leading expert in using harvested energy
as a reliable source of power. Without sensors the IoT really has no
value. Providing wireless sensors without batteries provides the
necessary data without adding battery nightmares. Using the data from
these sensors allows the building owner to truly understand and react
to everything from occupant comfort to space utilization and
allocation. It’s also being used to monitor social distancing in
the current pandemic.
What is the EnOcean Alliance?
created a great radio platform and this has since been adopted by over
400 different manufacturers. In 2008, these 400 companies
came together to form an alliance so the radio standard would continue
long into the future in a standardized and open
format. These Alliance members now have EnOcean
controls and sensors in over 1 million buildings around the
Who is Aruba?
a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of secure,
intelligent networks that enable customers to thrive and deliver
amazing digital experiences in the mobile, IoT and cloud era. Aruba is
changing the rules of networking to make it simple for IT and
organizations to bridge the physical and digital worlds at the Edge.
What problem does this arrangement
solve for the building owner?
many years now we have seen the disconnect between the physical space
monitoring and “the network” or IT department. A lot of hesitation is
driven by past incidents involving major retailers and data thefts. So
the facilities team says they need connectivity and the IT team fights
it at each step to enforce their security protocols. This required the
facility team to install their own network of gateways, Ethernet, and
power sources in order to collect the data from within a building. The
Aruba-EnOcean relationship allows the data to be collected by the Aruba
access points already installed in the field while staying off the IT
departments secure networks. This significantly reduces the investment
and occupant disruption to deploy an IoT system. We will talk a bit
more about security in a minute I believe.
How will this arrangement between
Aruba and the EnOcean Alliance enable more realization of IoT
of the biggest roadblocks we see in IoT deployments is infrastructure
installation. Placing gateways all over a building to
collect the wireless sensor signals is disruptive and labor intensive.
It’s also quite expensive and still doesn’t address network security
issues. Taking a fully installed Aruba network and adding a
simple USB to each access point will allow full gateway infrastructure
in a matter of minutes and for a fraction of the expense.
Sinclair: What types of applications do you envision being implemented using this arrangement?
nearly limitless with over 5,000 types of devices available. As I
mentioned earlier we could see everything from simple temperature
monitoring all the way to social distancing implementations. But some
of the most popular deployments include shared workspace occupancy,
elder care patient monitoring, cleaning crew management, if no one uses
a space that day, why are you spending time and money to clean
it? Monitoring power consumption is also a very powerful data
point and EnOcean does this with no batteries and a simple device that
clips over a wire, completely non-intrusive.
Does the system implement any sort of
has a very robust security system they call Zero-trust. They have built
security specifically for edge devices and is built with IoT in
mind. Check it out at https://www.arubanetworks.com/solutions/zero-trust-security/
can someone set up a demo in their own office?
has created an IoT starter kit called EISKU which contains several
different sensors and switches for you to connect to your Aruba access
point. This will feed data to the included USB adapter plugged into
your Aruba access point. Free demo software puts the sensor data
into a graphical format and it trends the data as well so you can see
the results over time. It takes about five minutes to
set it up if you already have an Aruba system. We’ve also created
a landing page for anything Aruba www.enocean.com/en/aruba
Can you briefly explain how the IoT
Starter Kit and the Aruba access points work together?
EISKU will allow any Aruba customer (new or existing) to collect and
analyze the data from a group of sensors within your building. In
the kit are temperature sensors, humidity sensors, door and window
contacts, accelerometers and light switch or service call
buttons. As you set up the system you’ll immediately start to see
the data streaming in to be shown on the temperature and humidity
charts. You’ll see occupancy status and switch press status. There are
a number of application examples provided as well, all using real time
data from the EISKU and your Aruba access point.
Who should I reach out to in order to
give this a try?
set up a specific email address to handle inquiries for this specific
This will be routed to the proper crew within our organization around
the globe. You can also reach our North American office at
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