Smart home and IoT device manufacturer, Aqara, is pleased to introduce the latest addition to its innovative lineup of smart home devices, the FP2 Presence Sensor in the UK market. Unlike motion sensors, which commonly use PIR, and require significant movement to trigger, the FP2 uses cutting-edge millimetre wave radar technology, to accurately detect the presence of people, even with slight movements. This technology ensures continuity and stability of the smart device. The Aqara FP2 Presence Sensor is available from Aqara and Smart And Secure for an RRP of £82.99 [currently discounted to £66.38] and in Ireland from Expert and Heavins for an RRP of €99.99.
It also has the function of zone positioning, which allows for the automation of different conditions in different zones, such as beds and tables. One space can now be divided into up to 30 small zones and recognise up to five targets (multi-person detection). It can also control other smart home devices through ecosystems such as Apple Home to achieve wider applications. It features functions such as human fall recognition and a built-in light sensor. Likewise, it is a great helper that can truly combine the diversity of the user’s home life and realise the automation of different personalities.
- Zone Positioning: It offers significant advantages over traditional PIR infrared motion sensors by using a single radar sensor to monitor rooms of up to 430 sq. ft. Furthermore, it can be divided into up to 30 zones, such as a sofa, bed, or desktop and individual automation can be set up for each zone. It’s effectively the same as having multiple motion sensors in a single room.
- Multi-person Detection: Up to 5 target people can be detected. The result is that, while dividing the space, it can also respond automatically according to the position of different people without interfering with each other. The sensor could trigger one scene when someone sits on the sofa, a second when someone walks into the room and a third when someone leaves.
- Ultra-High Precision: Privacy and detection accuracy are critical, and it is capable of recognising non-inductive signal detection without collecting real images. The FP2 detects even the slightest movement, such as breathing, to ascertain human presence. This level of precision means that users can set up automations to turn on lights and keep them on when someone is in an area, even when there is very minimal motion that more conventional sensors would not be able to sense. Automation, in general, can be achieved locally and millimetre-wave radar technology is much more stable than infrared sensor detection, even when sitting or sleeping.
- Control Other Devices via HomeKit, etc.: The FP2 is fully compatible with Apple HomeKit and Home Assistant, Alexa and Google Home and the sensor can be integrated without requiring a hub.
- Fall Detection and Alerts: If someone in a room falls, the FP2 can detect this and notify concerned family or friends in the most private and convenient way possible, without the need for an individual to wear any devices or install a camera for constant monitoring. Ideal for keeping a watchful eye on elderly relatives or the infirm. The range is a circle with a radius of 2 meters, and the accuracy of fall detection is >98% and the sensor must be ceiling mounted.
- Built-in Light Sensor: The fully functional light detection sensor in the Aqara ecosystem ensures lighting automation becomes much more flexible and enjoyable. It can trigger the lights in a room when someone walks in and only turn them off when leaving which is ideal for common areas such as bathrooms, utility rooms or storage cupboards. The built-in light sensor also allows for advanced darkness-based home automation.
- Local Automation & Flexible Installation Ways: After the setup is complete, the product runs locally and the FP2’s automation will still run as originally set if there is occasional Wi-Fi network instability. It has several installation methods to adapt in various installation scenarios such as on a wall, ceiling mounted or on a high shelf.
- IPX5 and Hidden USB-C Port: Owing to its IPX5 rating, the sensor can also be installed in wet environments such as bathrooms where accidents are more likely. The sensor has an open USB-C port, enabling users to swap the included cable to any USB-C compatible one, increasing the placement flexibility.
- Energy Efficiency: Aqara is committed to sustainability, and the FP2 Presence Sensor contributes to energy efficiency by automating lighting and climate control systems. This not only enhances convenience but also helps users reduce their carbon footprint.