Flush on-off sensor Ceiling mount motion & presence detector by Niko design team

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Flush on-off sensor

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Ceiling mount motion & presence detector

INSPIRATION:
The design of this sensor is context driven: schools, offices, hallways, indoor public spaces. Ceilings are often technical environments, but with the right architectural choices, they can become more appealing. That is why these sensors are designed with architectural luminaires in mind. 
The backside of the sensor, generally only seen by the installer, is used to illustrate the Niko brand identity. Consistency in colour and shape makes Niko products recognizable over all product lines. Smart details make the installation easy.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Flush mount motion detector with a unique flat lens that integrates seamlessly in the ceiling. Installation is easy with the Niko patent pending mounting bracket system. Once installed, the sensor can be programmed completely remotely, using the accompanying app on a smartphone. All you need is a Bluetooth connection. Although this is a technical product, both industrial design and user interface design are key differentiators.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The patent pending mounting bracket facilitates a fast and easy installation in a wide variety of ceiling materials. Afterwards, mounting features are covered with a clean looking cover ring. Programming the sensor is just as easy as installing it, thanks to the accompanying smartphone app. Furthermore, there is no need to program each sensor separately: programming can be done in advance and can then be broadcasted to multiple sensors at once.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in April 2017 and was finished March 2018 in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. The mechanics and industrial design team was situated in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium (Niko headquarters). Hardware and software teams were located in Denmark.

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PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The housing parts of the product are made of polycarbonate plastics and fiber reinforced polycarbonate plastics. There is no need for screws or glue to assemble the product. All parts are assembled with snap fixtures, which allows faster assembly times. Laser marking, pad printing and sticker labels were used as product marking techniques. Passive infrared (PIR) technology is used for the sensor. Several prototypes were tested by users in order to iterate and refine the design.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Product dimensions: width 100mm x depth 100mm x height 66mm sensor viewing distance: 10m at mounting height 2,5m wireless connection: bluetooth push-in terminals, wire section up to 2,5mm operation temperature: -25°C to +50°C

TAGS:
Niko, motion detector, presence detector, ceiling mount, PIR

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
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CHALLENGE:
Several design challenges were encountered during this project: designing a flat lens with 10m viewing distance, integrating wireless Bluetooth connectivity in combination with certain ceiling materials or product part materials, developing the mounting bracket (in order to be used in all types of ceiling materials), designing features for cable management, maintaining a stylised and coherent industrial design while integrating technical features.

ADDED DATE:
2018-02-28 15:01:50

TEAM MEMBERS (7) :
Pieter De Vos, Arne Desmet, Niels Verhaeghe, Jurgen Van Ranst, Gert Verheule, Tom Cooreman and Filip Van Reeth

IMAGE CREDITS:
Niko design team, 2017.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Niko

PROFILE:
Niko designs electr(on)ic solutions to enhance buildings to better suit the needs of the people who live and work in them. By using less energy, by improving light comfort and safety and by making sure all applications work together seamlessly. Buildings with Niko are more efficient, are controllable from a distance and interact within bigger ecosystems. Niko is a Belgian family business from Sint-Niklaas with 750 employees and 10 European branches. At Niko we ask ourselves just one question every day: "How can we enhance buildings to better suit your needs?"

NOMINATION DETAILS

Flush On-Off Sensor Ceiling Mount Motion & Presence Detector by Niko Design Team is a Nominee in Security and Surveillance Products Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Flush On-Off Sensor Ceiling Mount Motion & Presence Detector by Niko Design Team is Winner in Security and Surveillance Products Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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