Why an optical proximity switch is an innovation.
The technology of a proximity switch is not new, but due to today's circumstances it has become more important than ever. Thanks to a non-contact function, no germs or viruses are transmitted to a switch, as there has been no contact. In times of COVID - 19, this function is almost a must-have, not only for clinical facilities, but also for your home.
Function of a proximity switch
The function of a proximity switch is relatively simple. The sensor emits an invisible infrared light that strikes an object that reflects the light back. The sensor recognizes the changed amount of light and sends a switching signal. The signal is then sent to a receiver by radio (868 MHz). The target object that wants to trigger the signal must be within a certain range, for PicoSens products this is usually approx. 15 cm.
With optical switches, the "target object" is usually your hand, with which you "approach" the sensor or use the "swipe" gesture.
The areas of application are very diverse, but as already mentioned above, such a switch is particularly attractive for medical practices, clinics, care facilities and public institutions. But PicoSens switches also ensure more hygiene in your own four walls. By not having to touch the switch, the transmission risk is reduced by almost 100% compared to conventional switches. With such a switch you can not only switch conventional lamps and lights, but in the end everything that requires a simple switching signal, e.g.
- switchable sockets
Another positive aspect is the ease of use, since the switches are mobile. So you can control your light comfortably from the sofa.
No more talking about wall milling, stripping and plastering. The controls are straightforward, quickly installed and taught to each other. Integration into existing systems is child's play. PicoSens products can be integrated into any system, including, for example.
- Potential-free receiver for door control
- 230V for lighting control
- KNX gateway for control via building management systems
Thanks to extremely low energy consumption, the saving of cabling and an extremely long service life, the low-maintenance PicoControls products are designed in such a way that we have something of our beautiful planet for as long as possible.
The expert for optical proximity switches
The clever products of the PicoControls family are wireless switches that enable you to switch and dim actuators (lights, switchable sockets, etc.) from EnOcean®-capable products without contact. Thanks to their extremely low energy consumption, all products in the PicoControls family are wireless, almost maintenance-free and super flexible.