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Solem Electronique Selects GainSpan for Wireless Controllers for Garden Automation

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January 05, 2014

Solem Electronique Selects GainSpan for Wireless Controllers for Garden Automation

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

GainSpan Corporation, a provider of wireless connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced that it has been selected by Solem Electronique, a provider of garden automation systems, for wireless garden automation systems.

Solem has selected GainSpan’s GS1011 Wi-Fi system-on-a-chip (SoC) to power its new Wi-Fi Irrigation Controller and Wi-Fi Outdoor Lighting Controller that enable customers to access and control their irrigation and outdoor lighting needs.

The integration of GainSpan’s wireless technology helps Solem customers directly access and control their watering and outdoor lighting needs from a smartphone or tablet, the company said.

Bernard Bres, chairman and CEO, Solem, said, ”By using GainSpan’s SoC, we not only developed unique new products, but were able to leverage the extensive networking stack to develop our own code on the chip and design products that did not require any external microcontroller.” 

The Wi-Fi controllers from Solem stand out for their convenience and ease of use. They can be controlled from any iOS or Android (News - Alert) devices like smartphone or tablet. Users have to simply connect the controller to their Wi-Fi router or the mobile device. The intuitive interface allows them to easily control the irrigation, lighting or other outdoor devices.

Both new controllers leverage the set of capabilities unique to this chip:  AP/ Station mode, HTTP for connectivity to a smartphone and the capacity to host small applications. 

Solem Wi-Fi Outdoor Lighting Controller allows automatic management of outdoor lighting and fountains. It also finds indoor applications.  Users can set the lights/devices by timeslots from one minute to 24 hours with one minute steps, and can link individual lights to motion sensors and light sensors as required for added flexibility. The system comes with 2, 4 or 6 station configurations.

Bernard Aboussouan (News - Alert), vice president of marketing at GainSpan, said, “While the demand for Wi-Fi enabled home automation products is booming, this is the first time our chip has been used for irrigation control.”

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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