New smart electrical products brand Amber Solutions says it has developed two new cutting-edge products that allow the solid-state digital control of electricity in every device, appliance, power cord, and endpoint.
Amber says the introduction of the AC/DC Enabler and the Amber AC Switch “jump-starts a second electrical revolution” by bringing every electrical product into the 21st century with enhanced safety, reliability, and digital intelligence.
The AC/DC Enabler is a patented, UL-certified and globally compatible 30mm x 15mm x 8mm solid-state digital power management and control system. When combined with the Amber AC Switch, the Enabler “represents the first major breakthrough in electricity control and delivery in more than 70 years,” Amber claims. The company boldly proclaims the development will jump-starts the second electrical revolution that will deliver greater safety, reliability, and connected intelligence in all new and existing electrical infrastructure.
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“Amber performs nothing short of magic with electricity and Thomas Edison would be proud of what we have achieved,” says company founder, president and CEO Thar Casey. “Solid-state control of electricity changes the rules of the game for everything—security and control systems, circuit breakers, lighting fixtures, appliances, dimmer switches. The list goes on forever. Through commercial implementations of our technologies within the existing electrical infrastructure of any building, any home or business can add IoT functionality overnight by replacing existing outlets and switches with Amber-enabled products.”
The list of products that features this solid-state architecture smart programmable retrofit circuit breaker, smart dimmer switches, and smart outlets. They are available now for integration into products that fit in existing gang boxes, as well as an expansive range of other electrical products and appliances.
Amber says the brains of the technology is a Digital Power Management and Control system, a tiny solid-state device that efficiently runs power to highly sophisticated micro-controllers, processors and RF devices directly from the AC main.
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Amber Solutions Future Smart circuit breaker
“It eliminates the need for bulky electromechanical components such as capacitors and magnetics that limit the reliability and functionality of devices today, effectively reducing the component count by a factor of 2.5,” the company explains. “Amber fully replaces these old and outdated technologies, which today cause industry issues ranging from region-specific SKUs to flickering in LED bulbs to just not having the physical space to integrate modern intelligence and advanced features.”
Amber’s future-smart circuit breakers provides not only the power to the whole house but also key lifesaving functions to reduce the chance of electrical fires, the company says. It provides energy metering, enhanced safety as well as alerts and emergency shutoff.
The smart, capacitive touch and display switches provides control and intelligence over the entire home. While occupying only a single gang-box, it provides the core intelligence and monitoring over lights, while providing advanced occupancy sensing for safety, security and more.
“Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) are important life safety devices meant to stop harmful levels of electricity from passing through a person,” Amber says. “Most countries require these types of receptacles to be in all bathrooms, kitchens and garages, due to water posing the greatest risk. The problem, studies have found, is that on average 20% of GFCI’s nationwide are no longer functional and will not recognize that a person is getting electrocuted.”
As a result, Amber says it has developed the world’s first solid-state GFCI, providing intelligence and connectivity for the first time ever. The products will alert homeowners of trips and unit end of life, increasing safety, reliability and effectiveness of a GFCI receptacle.
“As global manufacturers, governments and consumers increasingly demand improved safety, quality and reliability in all kinds of powered devices, Amber Solutions is ready to deliver these benefits and more, including robust IoT integration to better manage and communicate with appliances and building systems,” Casey says.
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Amber Solutions Future Smart GFCI outlet