Sensors Expo 2004: Sensimesh aids deployment of Crossbow’s wireless sensor networks

Detroit, MI—To help users and OEMs build and test sensor networks using Crossbow Technology’s hardware, Sensicast Systems has introduced its Sensimesh development system for Crossbow’s wireless sensor nodes.


Detroit, MI— To help users and OEMs build and test sensor networks using Crossbow Technology ’s hardware, Sensicast Systems has introduced its Sensimesh development system for Crossbow’s wireless sensor nodes. Senscast manufactures wireless sensor networking products and solutions.

Sensimesh reportedly allows OEMs and end-users to get sensor networks up and running in minutes. Based on Sensicast’s Sensor Networking Platform, the new development system supports Crossbow’s motes and sensor boards, and delivers an environment in which developers and system integrators can quickly develop applications and build and test sensor networks before deployment.

'Sensor networks should be easy and quick to deploy, and new applications should not require abandoning previous investments,' says Paul Sereiko, Sensicast’s CEO. 'Our new Sensimesh Development System lets OEMs and users take advantage of what they already have in place, making sensor networking easier and more cost-effective than ever. Crossbow is a leading supplier of wireless sensor nodes to the industrial, commercial and R&D community. Providing compatibility with their products is a big win for us, for Crossbow, and for our mutual customers.'

Sensimesh provides a unified way for developers and integrators to create monitoring and alerting applications using a bi-directional, multi-hop sensor network based on the open source TinyOS networking protocol. Sensicast says its system dramatically simplifies integration of external analog, digital and other sensors and actuators, and includes a software interface that provides simple configuration for comprehensive testing and management of the network.

'Sensicast has proven to be a quality development partner and a valued participant in the TinyOS community,' says Mike Horton, Crossbow’s CEO. 'Providing Sensicast's hardened software to our customers lets them focus on their application, and get up and running immediately.'

Sensimesh displays real-time and historical data in a customizable textual and graphical interface, and supports display and control of existing sensors and actuators operating in the mesh network. Applications can be quickly created through configuration of alert responses based on incoming sensor readings. Sensicast also enables testing of the network of sensors and actuation devices by sending out commands from within Sensimesh. The system is available immediately for Crossbow's MTS300 /310 multipurpose sensor board and MDA 300 data acquisition board.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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