GoConex wire-free switch inventors recognized for innovation
By Anthony Capkun
March 1, 2018 – Congratulations to James Keirstead and Jim Qualie, P.Eng., B.Sc. (Edmonton) who were recognized with a 2017 Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award and $10,000-prize money for their GoConex wire-free switch.
Here’s how it works: GoConex sends RF commands to a receiver located in the junction box(es), thereby controlling an electrical load such as a light. The new light switch is mounted in any desired location on the wall, and looks just like a typical Decora switch.
According to the awards website, Keirstead and Qualie had previously developed a wireless control system for the hot tub/spa industry, then decided to apply their skills and experience to adapt the technology for wireless electrical controls in homes.
GoConex reports Alberta’s Department of Municipal Affairs recently issued a new Electrical Standata (PDF) permitting wire-free switching in all new construction projects.
In Canada, GoConex is sold at Home Hardware and Kent Building Supplies and, by now, may be available at RONA and Lowe’s Canada.