Sensors Expo 2005: Sensicast announces wireless sensor development platform

Chicago, IL—To give OEMs a choice between radio frequency and mesh networking protocol with one development effort, Sensicast Systems is exhibiting its Modular Interchangeable Networking Device (MIND) platform this week at Sensors Expo 2005, June 6-9, at McCormick Place’s Lakeside Center.

By Control Engineering Staff June 9, 2005

Chicago, IL— To give OEMs a choice between radio frequency and mesh networking protocol with one development effort, Sensicast Systems is exhibiting its Modular Interchangeable Networking Device (MIND) platform this week at Sensors Expo 2005 , June 6-9, at McCormick Place’s Lakeside Center. MIND reportedly enables development of

MIND helps sensor developers select from among a combination of frequencies, sensors, applications, and networking protocols. These choices can be made following one sensor development effort, enabling multiple products to be simultaneously developed and marketed.

Sensicast adds that MIND is a flexible, extensible platform that permits OEMs to develop one sensor interface module. This module is then connected to Sensicast radio modules, which are capable of either 900MHz or 2.4GHz operation. They are then used either with the recently released ZigBee protocol or with the firm’s SensiNet networking protocol. OEMs also can select mesh routing characteristics.

“This modular development platform not only allows our OEM customers the luxury of a single development effort for multiple products, but it also increases the choices that their customers have in selecting the most appropriate mesh networking system, “ says Peter Stein, Sensicast’s marketing VP. “We believe that a variety of mesh networking architectures will be required to meet the needs of various markets. Sensicast’s vision is to provide the most flexible and modular development environment, shortening the development cycle to a few months and enabling a number of products to be released simultaneously.”

Sensicast adds that its partners have developed products using the MIND platform for a variety of temperature monitoring applications in the industrial, medical and food industries, as well as analog voltage and current nodes for use in building and industrial automation. More devices are being developed for enabling wireless serial ports and certain chemical agent monitoring applications.

“We’ve already developed a number of products on the MIND platform and will continuously introduce new products each quarter,” says Don Wiencek,al-grade. The platform permits us to easily address customers with varying requirements in our markets ranging form industrial automation to building controls.”

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