Jennic enables first wireless sensor network in
major City of London School Installation
• City of London School for Girls heating control system benefits from 80% reduction in sensor and controls installation costs compared to a wired system
• School now has the tools to reap the benefits of reduced energy consumption and improved comfort
• Jennic 32 bit micro controller and JenNet wireless protocol enabled rapid development and reduced time to market for Control Technologies Ltd
• A functional extension to most Building Management Systems
Sheffield, UK, 13 November 2008: Jennic announces the successful implementation and installation of the first phase of a wireless control network using a Jennic solution. It is designed to help the City of London improve control of the heating system in its renowned School for Girls (based inside the Barbican arts and residential complex) offering better comfort and prevent over-heating, helping it to meet its obligations to reduce its carbon footprint.
The system was designed and installed by employing the wireless control network developed by Control Technologies Ltd, which is based on Jennic's 32 bit transceiver modules. Jennic's solution was selected as the first to market system in a single chip with the combination of ample 32 bit CPU processing power, sufficient memory space, RF transceiver, and the Zigbee/JenNet network protocol stacks. The chip also provides the serial connectivity required to interface with a wide variety of Building Management Systems.
“The industry is talking about wireless networking as the emerging technology for a wide range of applications in intelligent building management. This installation demonstrates that Jennic has the products and technologies which enable System Integrators to bring wireless systems to market with minimum risk,” explained Tony Lucido, Vice President Marketing at Jennic.
“With no need for extensive wiring, the sensor and controls installation cost was just 20% of a comparable wired network. Installation time was also reduced by around 90% with minimal disruption to the fabric of the building or the operation of the School,” stated Control Technologies’ Alan Bulbeck.
Iain Whitehorn, the City of London Senior Engineer, said, “The installation has gone very smoothly and setting to work was trouble free. Though the system is still to be fully proven during the heating season the indications are that we will see significant benefit in terms of improved comfort for the staff and pupils at the school and reduced energy consumption. Additionally, there are clear applications for the use of wireless sensors in historic buildings where disruption of the fabric is not permitted.”
The City of London Corporation is a national leader in excellent education – as well as being the body that looks after the Square Mile international business district in the centre of London.
The Jennic 32-bit wireless microcontrollers and JenNet wireless protocol stack support fast development for emerging wireless applications such as intelligent building management systems, street lighting and industrial control.
Notes for editors:
The City of London Corporation is the long-standing body with a modern role that looks after the Square Mile, including support for the international financial services industry based in the UK. The City Corporation, whose elected head is the Lord Mayor, also provides local government and policing for the Square Mile and provides special and exemplary services for wider London and the UK. These include the international Barbican Centre, Hampstead Heath, the original wholesale food markets of London, the Port of London Health Authority, Epping Forest, the five City bridges, the internationally renowned Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the London Metropolitan Archives. The elected Lord Mayor acts as the ambassador at home and abroad for the UK-based financial services industry.
The City Corporation (which is also custodian of the leading London grant-giver City Bridge Trust) also works with inner London boroughs on a large number of regeneration projects. It has long been a supporter of excellent education – from well before the time of state education. While it has recently founded three new inner London City Academies, its established record in education includes the City of London School for Girls (regularly one of the UK’s top private schools), the similarly excellent City Boys School, the City of London Freemen’s School (Surrey), the state primary Sir John Cass (recently given a glowing report by inspectors) and the many private schools and colleges (including Goldsmiths’ College) across the UK supported by the City Livery. The City Corporation also founded both City University and the Guildhall University and played a key role in the predecessor institution to Imperial College. Other famous UK schools that have their roots in the City or near neighbourhoods include St Olave’s (now in Bromley) and Christ’s Hospital School (now in Sussex). Lord Mayors are strong supporters of education and the Lord Mayor for 2008-09 (Ian Luder) has financial literacy as key theme.
Jennic is a fabless semiconductor company leading the wireless connectivity revolution by providing wireless microcontrollers for a broad range of applications. Its expertise in systems and software combined with world class RF and digital chip design provides low cost, highly integrated wireless microcontrollers with a focus on the IEEE802.15.4 and ZigBee standards. The company’s products include state-of-the-art low power wireless microcontrollers, modules, development platforms, protocol and application software. Headquartered in Sheffield, UK, Jennic also has offices in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the USA. For more information, visit www.jennic.com.
Fiona Davis, Jennic
Tel: +44 (0) 114 281 2655
Debbie Norton, Napier
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