ITEAD has launched a new Zigbee sensor with the SONOFF SNZB-06P designed to detect human presence using a 5.8GHz microwave radar whose main advantage over a traditional PIR motion sensor is the ability to detect stationary persons since this type of sensor can detect breathing.
You’ll need a Zigbee Hub from SONOFF such as the NSPanel Pro or SONOFF iHost, or from other manufacturers, for instance, the Amazon Echo Plus 2nd generation, or simply use a Zigbee USB dongle such as the SONOFF ZBDongle-E connected to a host like a Raspberry Pi. Configuration and control is done through the usual eWelink app for Android or iOS.
SONOFF SNZB-06P specifications:
- MCU – Silicon Labs EFR32MG22 wireless microcontroller
- Human presence sensor
- 5.8GHz microwave radar
- Sensitivity configurable from 2.5 meters to 4 meters
- Wireless – Zigbee 3.0 (router type) up to 30 meters
- Misc – Red LED, magnetic base, button
- Power Supply – 5V DC/1A via USB Type-C port
- Dimensions – 44.2 x 44.2 x 59mm
- Weight – 31 grams
- Temperature Range – -10°C to 60°C
- Humidity – 0 to 90%RH, non-condensing
- Materials – ABS+PC
- Certifications – CE/FCC/ISED/RoHS
- Safety standard – EN IEC 62368-1
Mounting can be done with the built-in magnet, the provided 3M adhesive, or a screw mount. The kit also comes with cable clips for neater cable management. It’s probably consuming more than PIR motion since it does not come with a battery and needs to be powered by a USB cable, but if you sit while using your laptop or lie down while reading a book, it won’t suddenly turn off the lights if no motion is detected since natural breathing is enough. But note that It won’t work as well as a more expensive AI solution, as the SNZB-06P will also detect movement from pets, curtains, smart vacuum cleaners, and working fans.
Once the initial configuration is complete with the eWelink app, you can set up the sensor to work with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Samsung Smartthings, Yandex Alice, IFTTT, or Home Assistant open-source home automation framework.
ITEAD is taking pre-orders for the SNZB-06P Zigbee human presence detection sensor for $14.90 with shipping scheduled for mid-November. As usual, you can also get a 10% discount with the coupon CNXSOFTSONOFF.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.