Limitations of Conventional Circuit Breakers
Conventional electromechanical circuit breakers have some key limitations despite their simple overload protection functionality:
Firstly, traditional circuit breakers lack remote control capabilities and require manual intervention to turn electricity on or off. This poses challenges for hard-to-reach breakers.
Additionally, conventional breakers cannot monitor current, voltage and other parameters in real-time or send alert notifications in case of abnormalities.
Finally, the simple mechanical design makes them prone to failure and malfunction over time. Status can only be checked manually, increasing maintenance costs.
Benefits of LoRaWAN Smart Circuit Breakers
Remote Control Capabilities
LoRaWAN smart circuit breakers enable wireless remote monitoring and control of electricity. Users can switch breakers on or off remotely without physical access.
Similar to conventional types, LoRaWAN circuit breakers provide overload and short circuit protection by automatically tripping circuits in case of irregular currents.
Massive Network Scalability
A single LoRaWAN network can support massive node connections, ideal for large-scale smart breaker deployments.
Characteristics of WiFi Smart Circuit Breakers
WiFi smart breakers typically connect with mobile apps for remote monitoring and switching through smartphones.
Convenience of Use
WiFi smart breakers easily integrate with existing network environments without needing dedicated networks.
Optimized for Local Area Networks
WiFi smart breakers are more suitable for circuit control needs within a local area network.
Long Range Connectivity
LoRaWAN can support massive node connections unlike WiFi limited by local networks.
LoRaWAN is an open standard allowing multi-vendor interoperability. WiFi breakers pose vendor lock-in risks.
Recommendations Based on Use Cases
For average homes, WiFi smart breakers provide adequate controls conveniently.
For large buildings or wide area controls, LoRaWAN smart breakers have clear advantages.
For outdoor or remote breakers, LoRaWAN is more reliable connectivity.
Summary and Conclusions
In summary, LoRaWAN and WiFi smart breakers have distinct benefits suited for different applications rather than being mutually exclusive replacements. Based on specific use case needs and environments, choosing the optimal technology delivers the best intelligent circuit breaker control.