Wireless Solutions for Building Control

The Dali Alliance (Former DiiA) has published a new standard for the transport of DALI-2 commands over a wireless carrier. This approach is specified in Part 104 of the IEC 62386 standard

This standard allows for standard DALI protocols to be transported over wireless infrastructures like  Thread. Using standardised protocols allows for interoperability with devices from other manufacturers and helps to reduce risk and increase competition.

 

What is Thread?

Thread is a IEEE 802.15.4, low-power wireless mesh networking protocol based on the Internet Protocol (IP), using open, proven standards. It solves the IoT complexity, addressing challenges such as interoperability, security, power, and architecture requirements.

Thread networks have no single point of failure and include the ability to self-heal. They are simple to set up and use and auto-reconfigure when a device is added or removed.

And Thread ensures end-to-end communication and safety – device-to-device, device-to-mobile, and device-to-cloud – reliably and securely connecting hundreds, and even thousands, of products.

Wireless System Components

1  Application Controller 
2  Driver
3  Emergency Lights
4  Wired / Wirless Bridge
5  Sensors
6  Switches

Standardised Lighting Control

zencontrol wireless lighting control is built using the only IEC standard for wireless lighting control, IEC 62386-104. 

This standard allows for standard DALI protocols to be transported over wireless infrastructure, ensuring the interoperability with devices from other manufacturers.

Wired and Wireless – Seamless Integrated

IEC62386-104 over Thread ensures a seamless integration of wireless and wired infrastructure.
In the operation, as well as during deployment, the handling of the infrastructure is identical, irrecpective, whether the underlying network is wired or wireless – the building blocks are identical.

If required, wired devices (DALI-2 & D4I Drivers, Sensors, Switches, etc.) can be integrated into the wireless segments by using the wired/wireless bridge.