DECT ULE

Introduction

DECTTM Ultra Low Energy (DECT ULE) is a technology based on DECT, and intended for Machine-to-Machine communications such as Home and Industrial automation. The main characteristics of the technology are ultra-low power consumption (much lower than IEEE 802.11) and wider coverage (much wider than IEEE 802.15 and Bluetooth Low Energy).

The primary application areas of DECT ULE based devices are to create wireless sensor and actuator networks being used in home automation, home security and climate control. DECT ULE originated from the DECT technology, therefore, it is referred to as DECT ULE. In May 2013 ETSI released the specification of the DECT ULE standard which is Technical Specification TS 102 939-1.

The basic DECT ULE wireless network is designed as star network topology, i.e. there is one main device, called “base”, which controls the network. The “base” is wirelessly connected to “nodes”, which usually are devices with dedicated functions such as sensors, remote controls, actuators, smart meters, etc. Some examples of node devices are door locks, smoke detectors, motion detectors, remote controls, gas and electricity meters, baby monitors and elderly care.

DECT ULE provides simultaneous data and voice communication, i.e. sensors are not limited to indicating an event but can also enable voice communications on top. A good example is a body worn device for elderly care, which in case of emergency enables the person carrying it not only to indicate an emergency situation but also to communicate with a remotely located caretaker with the simple press of a button.

The DECT ULE technology is promoted by the ULE Alliance, a not-for-profit organization, which has also established certification programmes for Home Automation Networks based on DECT ULE technology.

Our Role & Activities

DECT ULE is based on the DECT base standard (EN 300 175, parts 1 to 8) and it has been designed to co-exist with other DECT applications (including GAP or NG-DECT). Different types of DECT devices may be used over the same spectrum, and mixed devices supporting DECT ULE and other DECT applications may be built. Therefore, DECT ULE supports seamless data and voice communications.

Standards

The following is a list of the latest published ETSI standards on DECT ULE.

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Standard No. Standard title.
TS 102 939-1 Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT); Ultra Low Energy (ULE); Machine to Machine Communications; Part 1: Home Automation Network (phase 1)
TS 102 939-2 Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT); Ultra Low Energy (ULE); Machine to Machine Communications; Part 2: Home Automation Network (phase 2)
EN 300 700 Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT); Wireless Relay Station (WRS)
TS 102 939-1 Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT); Ultra Low Energy (ULE); Machine to Machine Communications; Part 1: Home Automation Network (phase 1)
TS 102 939-2 Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT); Ultra Low Energy (ULE); Machine to Machine Communications; Part 2: Home Automation Network (phase 2)
TS 103 159-1 Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT); Ultra Low Energy (ULE); Machine to Machine Communications; Part 1: Test Framework and Profile Test Specification (PTS) for Home Automation Network (phase 1)
TS 102 939-1 Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT); Ultra Low Energy (ULE); Machine to Machine Communications; Part 1: Home Automation Network (phase 1)