Module combines sensors for smart building data

Data can be collected within 30 minutes of plugging in the AmbiMate MS4 multi-sensor module. TE Connectivity says that the module collects data for heating, lighting, air quality and other applications to cut time to market for smart building systems.

The AmbiMate MS4 multi-sensor module integrates the most popular set of sensors needed for most smart building solutions. Engineers can use the module instead of up to seven individual sensors, enabling the time required to research, source and integrate multiple sensors and frees up resources to work on other aspects of smart building system designs.

Different module options are available to meet different specifications. A basic version has the four core sensors of passive infra red, ambient light, temperature and humidity to control of heating and lighting. Customers can choose to add a microphone and / or equivalent carbon dioxide and volatile organic compound (VOC) sensors for features such as voice activation and air quality management.

“Engineers face the challenges of looming deadlines, unforeseen technical obstacles and high expectations,” explained Jonathan Catchpole, system architect at TE Connectivity’s industrial business. “We designed the AmbiMate sensor module as the best possible set of sensors for intelligent buildings so that engineers can focus their efforts on . . . cloud integration, software or meeting the WELL Building Standard.”

(The WELL Building Standard is focused on improving comfort and productivity through enhanced control of the environment in and around buildings.)

The AmbiMate sensor module is available to buy as a standalone PCB assembly (PCBA) in bulk and also as a developer kit. The developer kit includes multiple attachment options for flexibility in the mechanical fit and connection inside a product housing. Electronics developers can plug an AmbiMate module into a host controller, like a Raspberry Pi or Arduino device, and start collecting data within 30 minutes with support of code that is available on the company’s website. The module is compatible with the I2C communication protocol.

The AmbiMate sensor module is available from electronics distributors. 

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