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Wireless smart lock system based on Nordic, Bluetooth & Zephyr RTOS allows companies to manage elockers online

By March 21, 2023March 24th, 2023No Comments

A wireless smart elocker that can be retrofitted to existing lockers used in offices, warehouses, gyms, and schools has been launched by U.K.-based company, eLocker. The wireless ‘eLocker’ system employs Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF52832 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) multiprotocol System-on-Chip (SoC), integrates with Zephyr RTOS, to provide the core processing power as well as wireless connectivity to a Bluetooth LE gateway.

The UK-based business eLocker has introduced a smart locker that can be integrated to existing lockers used in businesses, warehouses, gyms, and schools. Nordic’s nRF52832 SoC is used by the Bluetooth LE gateway in the wireless eLocker smart lock system to transmit locker data to the cloud.

From the gateway the data is relayed to the Cloud-based ‘eLocker Manager’ platform where the owner of the lockers can review a range of data including the status and availability of each locker, how the lockers are being used, and which individual last unlocked/locked the locker – reducing the time previously spent on manual locker management. According to the company, the system is proven to reduce the time associated with managing lockers by 94 percent and delivers an extensive analytics package, showing usage over time and a range of other reports, allowing customers to reduce their locker count by an average of 30 percent.

Nordic’s nRF52832 multiprotocol SoC combines a 64 MHz, 32-bit Arm® Cortex® M4 processor with floating point unit (FPU), with a 2.4 GHz multiprotocol radio (supporting Bluetooth 5.3, Bluetooth mesh, ANT™, NFC, and 2.4 GHz proprietary RF protocol software) featuring 4 dBm output power -96 dBm RX sensitivity for a link budget of 100 dBm, with 256/512 KB Flash memory and 32/64 KB RAM. The nRF Connect SDK integrates the Zephyr RTOS, supports applications using Bluetooth LE, Bluetooth mesh and Thread, and is recommended for nRF52832 software development. 

Read more to know about the working mechanism of eLocker and how they achieved the increased battery life:

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Susan Remmert