Exclusive: Wireless presence sensor, up to 10-year battery life

By Control Engineering Staff July 5, 2007
Banner Engineering M-Gage wireless presence sensor greatly improves the performance and reliability at a lower installed cost, since it can be placed in a core cut-out with no additional connection, like inductive loops.

Minneapolis, MNBanner Engineering Corp. introduces the M-Gage Wireless Sensor Node for vehicle sensing using Banner’s new SureCross Wireless Network. The sensor, encapsulated in an IP67/NEMA 6 SureCross Node enclosure, has a long-lasting FlexPower battery, said to supply power for sensing and wireless connectivity for up to 10 years. It’s said to offer greater durability and reliability than inductive loops at a lower cost for installation and maintenance, without major excavation. Battery access is quick and easy when required.

The M-Gage replaces inductive loop systems by reliably detecting 3-dimensional changes in the Earth’s magnetic field caused by the presence of large ferrous objects. Applications include manufacturing monitoring and error proofing,, car wash entry/exit, drive-through systems, traffic control, and other vehicle sensing applications. Nodes are priced at $450. Gateways are sold separately. Banner Engineering offers an E-commerce site.

—Edited by Mark T. Hoske , editor in chief, Control Engineering System Integration eNewsletter
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