Cooperation: tci GmbH integrates Lemonbeat technology into touch panels for smart room control

tci – Gesellschaft für technische Informatik mbH and Lemonbeat GmbH will be working together in the future. The IT company from Giessen, which specialises in building and industry automation projects, is equipping tci’s design touch panels for room control with Lemonbeat technology.

Under the cooperation agreement which has now been finalised, the two companies intend to advance room automation using modern IoT technology. In an initial joint project, 7- and 10-inch touch panels from tci’s Luna range will be equipped so that in future, they can communicate directly with Lemonbeat-enabled sensors for room control.

The multi-touch panels in the Luna range are more than just screens on a wall. They contain high-performance dual core processors for Windows, Android or Linux applications. The panels are also equipped with a microphone, a light sensor and USB and ethernet interfaces.

Lemonbeat technology makes streamlined building automation possible

Equipped with Lemonbeat IoT technology, the touch panels will be able to communicate via Lemonbeat Radio (868 MHz radio with patented frequency hopping and wake-on-radio functionality) with Lemonbeat-enabled end devices in their vicinity. The special feature of this is the ability to communicate directly with end devices – without using intermediate gateways, controllers or even a cloud. Particularly in the field of building automation, smart control concepts which are more streamlined and much more cost-effective than conventional solutions can be implemented. Less hardware also means a reduction in engineering and maintenance costs, and greater reliability.

In addition, Lemonbeat and tci have developed Linux-based software with a graphic user interface, so that the new touch panels can be connected seamlessly with the Lemonbeat eco system. The panels can be elegantly integrated into the wall either in an in-wall casing or with a mounted casing.

The portfolio of Lemonbeat-enabled devices is growing

“In tci we have gained an important partner for building automation, who knows how to combine modern technology with appropriate design features,” Lemonbeat’s managing director Oliver van der Mond commented on the cooperation. “Through the integration of Lemonbeat technology, both companies open up completely new opportunities for their customers in terms of the individual design of smart room and building solutions.”

“tci uses solutions to connect people and technology – that is our mission, which we focus on in our work every day. So I am delighted to have found a technology partner in Lemonbeat, with whom we can confront this challenge,” explained Engineer Michael Böck, the managing shareholder of tci GmbH.

In the spring of this year, Phoenix Contact, a company which specialises in industry and building automation on an international level, announced its collaboration with Lemonbeat. Providers of selected hardware for smart room automation are now expected to gradually extend the portfolio of Lemonbeat-enabled devices.

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