The commercialization of Echelon's Lumewave MWX-LVE long-range outdoor microwave sensor illustrates CLTC's success in supporting advanced sensors for adaptive outdoor applications.
CLTC demonstrated and supported the next-generation sensor, which detects movement and can distinguish between slow and fast moving objects such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorized vehicles. The sensor reacts to the size of objects from longer distances, automatically raising the light levels to high output when the areas are occupied and lowering them when areas are vacant.
Center staff installed second-generation sensors at demonstration sites including the NorthBay VacaValley Hospital in Vacaville and the University of California, Irvine. The bi-directional third-generation product is scheduled to be installed on Second Street in Davis with results expected in early 2015.
Funding for the work came from a variety of sources, including Echelon and an interagency agreement with the California Energy Commission through the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program.