While protocols battle for supremacy, one well-established wireless communications standard has been working its way into a comprehensive ecosystem to offer a reliable, multi-vendor accessible, infrastructure for the smart home.
Ultra Low Energy (ULE) uses Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT), the standard for wireless phones, to connect wireless sensors and actuators in a network for a low energy smart home. The DECT ULE wireless communication standard connects wireless sensors and actuators in domestic settings.
It is promoted by the ULE Alliance, based in Switzerland, but has silicon and node suppliers around the world. At CES 2017, the ULE Alliance showcased its ULE technology, with multiple vendor demonstrations in its Smart Home.
DECT is an established technology for audio services. Since 1993 when it was defined by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), it has been used in wireless telephones in over 600 million households in over 100 countries around the world.
DECT devices can plug into the Internet and are controlled by a DECT handset, making it one of the simplest networks to install.