Together with industry partners Erni and Finke Elektronik GmbH, the researchers at Fraunhofer EMFT have developed a demonstrator of such an intelligent connector. A miniaturized sensor system integrated directly in the connector records the current temperature and current flow and transmits the measured data wirelessly to a mobile terminal. Bluetooth is used in the demonstrator, but any other radio technology is conceivable for commercial products.
The additional circuits for sensing and data transmission naturally increase the installation space, a spokesperson of Fraunhofer EMFT explained. The further development of the system is therefore aimed at miniaturizing these additional circuits.
Fraunhofer plans to exhibit the smart connector at the Sensor & Test trade show in Nuremberg (June 26-28).