Though natural gas is considered relatively safe, aging infrastructure and outdated standards put people and residential properties at risk. According to a 2018 report from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an estimated 4,200 house fires per year start with the ignition of natural gas, causing an average of 40 deaths.
Established over six decades ago, New Cosmos was the first company to release a residential gas alarm to reduce the risk of explosions. Today, with over 70 million alarms sold, they’re continuing their mission to maintain the highest safety standards with their innovative DeNova Detect product line—the only residential battery-powered wireless natural gas alarm in the U.S. and the first Amazon Sidewalk device to reach the consumer market.
Combine proprietary sensing technology with Amazon Sidewalk to create the next generation of smart home safety tech.
Working with Silicon Labs Bluetooth BG24 SoC and Oxit developers, New Cosmos designed a safety-optimized, low-power solution that can sense gas leaks for up to 7 years without AC power.
The only residential battery-powered wireless natural gas alarm in the U.S. and the first Amazon Sidewalk device to reach the consumer market.
Best-in-Class Design Partners for Amazon Sidewalk Device Development
With a strong commitment to safety, New Cosmos consistently invests in best-in-class partners for their development ecosystem. As an IoT engineering design partner with specialized expertise in LPWAN technology, Oxit is a critical research and development collaborator. Over nearly a decade of project work, Oxit and Silicon Labs have also established a strong partnership based on deep application-specific knowledge and unwavering technical support.
When Amazon Sidewalk soft launched, Silicon Labs supported Oxit as an alpha design integrator for customers looking to pilot early devices. When considering which of their own customers would be a good fit for Sidewalk integration, New Cosmos emerged as a strong contender with a long track record of investment in building public trust through innovative and reliable design.
Silicon Labs’ Wireless Tools and Features Ideal for Natural Gas Alarm Design
New Cosmos’ DeNova Detect design leverages a natural gas micro electro-mechanical system (MEMS) sensor, so the device can operate independently for years without AC power from a wall outlet. This proprietary technology maintains the sensitivity and reliability customers expect from New Cosmos in a smaller, simpler configuration for lower power consumption.
In development, Oxit ensured that DeNova Detect was designed for low power consumption, wide range, and ironclad security from the ground up. Power consumption was particularly important because New Cosmos currently guarantees a seven-year product life. As a key safety feature in the home, the sensor’s long battery life inspires confidence.
Other important security features, like multilayer encryption, are supported by Amazon Sidewalk, but Oxit and New Cosmos didn’t stop there. By selecting Silicon Labs’ Bluetooth BG24 SoC for a daughter board inside the remote matching detector, the team doubled down on low power consumption and security. This selection was made, in part, to leverage Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Silicon Labs development tools too.
What’s next for New Cosmos?
With a major global presence in the natural gas industry, having already sold 70 million alarms, and six decades of research and development, New Cosmos will continue to optimize their sensing products alongside best-in-class partners. In 2023, New Cosmos expects to release a 10-year battery version of the alarm — extending their guarantee by another three years.