RELUX as initiator of SensNORM:
In 2014, the most important manufacturers of motion and presence detectors joined forces in the sensNORM association and, over the past few years, developed a standard that was incorporated into the international IEC 63180 standard (valid since spring 2020). It describes the measurement procedure for PIR sensors and guarantees that the resulting planning data is reliable and comparable for the expert. Compared to the IEC, the sensNORM places additional requirements on the tested products with regard to the test procedure, the reliability of the detection and the safety against faulty switching. Thus, the sensNORM label not only guarantees the comparability of the tested products for the planner and installer, but is also a quality standard for PIR detectors.
In the spring and summer of 2020, the world's first manufacturer-independent laboratory for the standardized measurement of PIR detectors was built at the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). The inauguration of the sensLAB by sensNORM and the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) took place on Nov 2, 2020. Henceforth, sensNORM will collaborate with SLG in various events and publications to highlight the importance and benefits of sensor technology in modern lighting installations, as well as share know-how on proper planning, installation and commissioning.
The Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) serves as the federal centre of competence for all issues related to measurement and for measuring equipment and measuring procedures.
It is the Swiss national metrology institute. As such, its mandate is to ensure the availability in Switzerland of measurement and testing facilities with the degree of accuracy needed to meet the requirements of the economy, research and administration.
The sensor measurement is performed according to IEC 63180 and sensNORM. Measurement according to sensNORM is more demanding, as it is more difficult to achieve. Whether the industry will measure according to IEC or sensNORM remains to be seen. RELUX is the only software worldwide that offers the possibility to calculate sensors.Website Metas