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New starter kits give customers a chance to trial Pressac’s sensors

A range of new starter kits will give customers a chance to try out Pressac’s sensor solutions before committing to large-scale orders.

The Discovery Kits, which have been designed for those interested in trialling Pressac’s wireless, low-energy sensors within their buildings, contain all the basics needed to start collecting and monitoring data.

We’ve just showcased the new Gateway, along with live demonstrations of our CO2, temperature, humidity, energy and desk occupancy sensors, at the UK Facilities Show.

James Bailey, Product Manager, said: “We wanted to offer something that gives people quick and easy access to sensor data. It’s an out-of-the-box solution that contains all you need to get started and will save people having to buy all the different elements separately.

“The aim is that you can have something up and running within a few hours and get a feel for the types of data you can record and what you can do with it.”

There are three different types of starter kit, containing Pressac’s most popular sensors – environment, occupancy and energy monitoring. These give companies who have never experimented with sensors before the chance to see the types of data they can capture and the ways they might make use of it. For example, using desk occupancy sensors to see which parts of their building are under-used/over-used or getting instant updates on temperature in a particular room.

James said: “It’s a chance to explore how you might use smart technology to help run your buildings and machinery more efficiently, and see the benefits it could bring, but without having to fork out for lots of expensive equipment in one go.”

Each kit contains:

Energy – 4 three-channel current sensors, which measure electrical consumption at a circuit, zone or machine level. They’re energy-harvesting so simply clip around an electrical cable and measure the current travelling through them.

Environment – 1 CO2, temperature and humidity sensor and 4 mini temperature and humidity sensors, which are solar-powered and simply stick to the wall.

Occupancy – 5 desk occupancy sensors which allow you to measure the occupancy of desks, rooms and spaces, and 2 solar-powered door and window sensors.

Each of the three kits also contains a gateway, which the sensors transmit their data to. This gateway, which connects to the internet via an Ethernet cable, sends the data to the internet where a range of different cloud platforms such as IBM Watson or Microsoft Azure can be used to display and analyse it.

For those who do not wish to sign up to a cloud platform there is also the opportunity to display the data using the Node-RED programming tool which is already installed on the Gateway.

James said: “Our aim is basically to make it quick and easy for people to get started. We wanted to take away as many of the hurdles as possible so people can see how beneficial our sensors can be to their company.”

“We know that implementing smart solutions is a big investment for any company and they want to ensure they get it right. This gives them a way to see if our products work for them without committing to a large-scale order.”

If you’re interested in trialling a Discovery Kit in your business you can find out more here.

For those looking to connect sensors to their own existing software of platform we also offer a Developer Kit, which uses MQTT – an industry standard protocol – to transmit the data.

More information on the Developer Kits is available here.

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