News Release - 2014-04-01

Connectors for Home Automation Applications

GradConn’s range of SIM connectors, Co-Axial cable assemblies and Board to Board connectors are perfect for home automation applications. Already utilised by the world’s leading manufacturers, the GradConn range can be found in main control units and in components throughout the systems.

Home automation is rapidly evolving from a luxury item into a mass consumption technology that will be in most homes within a few years. The global market is growing at 30%+ annually and is expected to be worth US$9.5 billion by 2015.

Technology advancement and innovation represents the key driving factors for growth. Demand is growing for cost efficient wireless home automation products to reduce installation and maintenance cost. Wireless technologies such as Z-wave, Zigbee, and EnOcean are seen as the way to achieve this.

Short-range wireless technology controls the wireless system around the home via the control panel, however remote control elements allow consumers to access home devices while away from home via smart phone. This communication is handled by mobile phone network (GSM and CDMA are two examples). For example switching on an oven remotely so dinner is cooked as you walk through the door or setting the desired heating temperature to ensure your house is warm when you return. Alarm systems will contact your phone by text message when triggered.

GradConn SIM card connectors and coax cable assemblies enable the link between communication modules and the mobile phone networks. SIM cards store the required details allowing the control panel to interface your smartphone. GradConn offer Mini, Micro and Nano SIM card connectors in many configurations including push-push, push-pull, hinged & open contact types.

If an external antenna is required a coaxial cable assembly is used. A micro RF connector connects to the communication module while a bulkhead mounted coax connector (E.G. SMA, FME, etc) is mounted in a panel cutout, which allows plugging to an antenna. GradConn offer many existing coaxial cable assembly options, alternatively use the Coaxial cable assembly builder to create a cable assembly.

Fine pitch board to board connectors are often used in control panels as they offer low profile parallel PCB mating. Alternatively where end-to-end PCB mating is required there are many connector options with low profile. Use GradConn’s PCB stacking search or planar mating guide to find the perfect solution for PCB to PCB connection.

If you require more information or design support then contact your local GradConn sales office.

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