ETSI Wants To Make DECT ULE The Choice For M2M Communication

  • Posted on: 13 May 2013
  • By: chw staff

The ETSI has published the first Technical Specification (TS 102 939-1) on DECT ULE (Ultra Low Energy), a wireless solution used by manufactures to develop automation solutions for home and businesses.  DECT ULE low power radio technology is intended for home automation and other Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications.

DECT ULE is based on the very popular and highly successful Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) standard, which was developed by ETSI. Launched in the early 90s, ETSI’s DECT specification is the leading standard worldwide for digital cordless telecommunications for both cordless voice and broadband home communication.

Over 820 million DECT/DECT New Generation devices have been purchased throughout the world, and every year more than 100 million new devices are sold.

Two of the key features of DECT ULE it that its offers good Quality of Service and wide access coverage, making it an ideal solution for M2M, including energy and utilities (for home automation and smart metering), assisted living and telecare, safety and security (such as voice entry phones and smoke sensors).

“The low power consumption of ULE technology extends battery life (typically up to ten years) and, with New Generation DECT, connectivity to the Internet is already available, which makes DECT ULE ideal for sensors, alarms, M2M applications and industrial automation, said Dr Guenter Kleindl, Chairman of ETSI’s DECT Technical Committee (TC DECT). "All these innovative new applications will benefit enormously from the properties inherent in DECT ULE. As a result, we expect DECT ULE to make a significant impact on the M2M market.”

The DECT ULE specification is a multi-part specification; the first phase of development has focused on the Home Automation Network (HAN) but ongoing work will extend its application to industrial automation too.

New ULE devices are fully compatible with existing DECT systems and use the existing DECT spectrum. In addition, a single device can combine ULE and DECT/DECT New Generation functionalities.