Bluetooth LE module with PIR sensor enables wireless room occupancy detection


I-SYST’s BLUEPYRO-M3225 module employs Nordic nRF52832 SoC to deliver processing power for motion/proximity detection applications

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Brossard, Canada-based I-SYST, has selected Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) multiprotocol System-on-Chip (SoC) to power its ‘BLUEPYRO-M3225’ module. The solution provides plug-and-play motion/proximity detection capability, enabling inexperienced PIR (passive infrared) users to quickly set up a system for wireless room occupancy detection in a range of home automation scenarios such as lighting control, security systems and smart thermostats or, for example, wildlife motion detection photography applications. 

BLUEPYRO-M3225 is supplied in a compact 22 by 15mm form factor for applications where space is at a premium and features the Excelitas Technologies® DigiPyro® PYD2592 (a dual-element PIR sensor with built-in signal processing, digital output, and wake-up/sleep mode functionality), on-board ceramic antenna, DC/DC power mode configuration, as well as up to 27 programmable general-purpose input/outputs (GPIOs). The integration of the PIR sensor in the module enables a wireless solution with low electromagnetic interference (EMI) characteristics. The PIR sensor’s wake-up feature is important for battery-operated applications because its use means only the pyroelectric detector consumes power until a motion event is detected. 

The key features of Nordic’s nRF52832 for our BLUEPYRO-M3225 module are its tiny size, extreme low power capabilities, powerful Arm MCU, and generous memory allocation for user applications
Nguyen Hoan Hoang, I-SYST

Powerful processing

The BLUEPYRO-M3225 module is powered by Nordic’s nRF52832 SoC, which integrates a powerful 64MHz, 32-bit Arm® Cortex® M4 processor with floating point unit (FPU), and a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio (supporting Bluetooth 5, ANT™, and proprietary 2.4GHz RF software) featuring -96dBm RX sensitivity, with 512kB Flash memory and 64kB RAM. 

In addition to the module, I-SYST offers a full suite development kit which includes full open source library drivers and software abstractions optimized for low power and performance—allowing users to write wireless application firmware in just a few lines of code—as well as firmware and hardware design services to help customers quickly bring their product to market. 

Nordic’s nRF Connect SDK (Software Development Kit) or nRF5 SDK can be used to port the application firmware directly on the module’s Nordic SoC, eliminating the need for an external MCU, reducing development costs and time-to-market. The nRF Connect SDK is recommended for nRF52832 software development and integrates the Zephyr real-time operating system (RTOS), supports applications using Bluetooth LE, Bluetooth mesh and Thread, and includes examples, Bluetooth LE profiles, and driver support for all peripherals. The SDK also includes a migration of Nordic’s Bluetooth SoftDevice Controller from the company’s proven SoftDevices used with the nRF52 Series. The nRF5 SDK can still be used for development with Nordic’s S132 SoftDevice, a Bluetooth 5-certifed RF software protocol stack for building advanced Bluetooth LE applications.

Nordic’s nRF52832 SoC provides Bluetooth 5 support including 2x on-air raw data bandwidth (2Mbps); 8x broadcasting ability with advertising extensions that increase the advertising packet payload size to 251 bytes, and an improved channel coexistence algorithm. 

Extreme low power capabilities

“The key features of Nordic’s nRF52832 for our BLUEPYRO-M3225 module are its tiny size, extreme low power capabilities, powerful Arm MCU, and generous memory allocation for user applications,” says Nguyen Hoan Hoang, President, I-SYST. “From a software perspective, Nordic’s SDK is highly flexible and adaptable to any development environment.“

“In addition, the availability of open tech support from experienced users through Nordic’s DevZone forum helps us resolve issues quickly.”