Rayzig, since it’s inception has been cogniscent of differing market needs, and has tried at all stages to ensure these needs are considered :
The markets provide their own unique challenges, and these are considered accordingly :
The domestic market is currently the area where most competition is found, and this is mainly in the provision of small, low cost devices which can be plugged into a wall socket, and be controlled by a hand held controller. They provide a limited number of modules, and whilst some are now providing a ‘gateway’, it is limited in the number of devices.
Some manufacturers provide slightly different mechanism’s for the control of the devices – based on Zigbee, Z-Wave, IP or other similar protocols.
The high end of the domestic market has traditionally been fixed cable systems which realistically only lend themselves to ‘New Build’ projects, or major remodelling.
Rayzig is primarily a wireless system, and apart from the installation of modules which control power, or the gateway, means that much can be done without major reworking of a building. However, as each dwelling is individual, and Rayzig may only be part of the solution, this would need to be discussed on a project by project basis.
The benefits of Rayzig in a commercial setting could be considerable, as it will give levels of control which help in the running of a building, and help in reducing your carbon footprint.
Rayzig modules can be installed easily to control lighting, or power devices. With battery input devices, there is no need for switch wiring to be installed into partition walls. These modules can be located anywhere and their operations programmed accordingly. This means changes can be made to the layout of a building with minimal electrical changes needed – battery modules can be located as required, and changes to the control of output modules is simply a change made through the Raymon software and uploaded to the modules concerned.
The development of a DALI Master and a 0 – 10v dimmer module provides an easy mechanism to integrate Rayzig into existing sites, and allows the lighting designer to cater for more complex configurations giving more control to the user.
As energy demands increase, there will be more and more need to be able to control the demand by utility companies. With the use of Rayzig’s Utility software, a command can be sent to a remote site to change the status of certain types of equipment, so that demands could be more accurately controlled – for example :
Say Rayzig is used in various government buildings, with all refrigeration equipment being set with a particular zone code. In the event of needing to control the generation of power, due to potential overload, or selling excess to help elsewhere, a command could be issued by the Utility to connect to each of the buildings’ gateway modules to turn these devices off, with details of how long they should remain off, and any delays to reduce surge loading when coming back on.
Rayzig could go beyond the concept of smart metering, and start providing a way of providing control where it is most needed.