EnOcean Sponsors 'Self-powered' Speed Skater in Vancouver Olympics

Feb. 11, 2010
EnOcean — an inventor of self-powered, wireless sensor networks — is sponsoring four-time Olympian speed skater Catherine Raney-Norman.

EnOcean — Boston, MA-based developer of self-powered wireless sensor networks — reports it has agreed to sponsore four-time Olympian, Catherine Raney-Norman in the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

“As the inventor of self-powered solutions, EnOcean has a keen eye for performance derived from ambient sources of power. Catherine skates at world class speeds using power generated from sources available to her - years of practice, sustained hard work and focus at every step,” says Troy Davis, representative of EnOcean North America.

“Our intent is to help Catherine build upon her outstanding body of work and help sustain the levels of excellence she has earned.”

EnOcean's angle for the sponsorship relates to energy conservation and endurance. Parallels between Catherine’s and EnOcean’s quests for excellence are easy to draw, sources say. Over the course of a speed skating race, energy conservation is balanced with energy exhaustion. In the races that she has won, Catherine skated at extreme speeds while keeping enough energy in the tank to finish strong and outlast other hard-working opponents.

EnOcean sources say its self-powered wireless sensor networks enable a similar type of balance within the scope of building automation. Bursts of power, balanced with disciplined energy conservation, enable extraordinary results in terms of building energy management and system performance.

Raney-Norman will compete in the Ladies' 3000m speed skating event on February 14th. Additionally, her presence as the anchor on the Team Pursuit team improves America’s chances for medalling in the event on February 26th and 27th. She is the U.S. record holder in the 3000m and 5000m races.