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IoT platform enables fuss-free wireless industrial sensing

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:plug-and-play? IoT? wireless measurements? cloud? wireless sensing?

Many industry operators are now moving beyond mainstream monitoring applicationswhich can be too difficult or expensive to maintaintowards wireless measurements that will provide them a better handle in harsh and remote environments.

Among these wireless measurements available today is the MicroPnP, a plug-and-play IoT hardware and software platform that is cheaper than traditional wired solutions.

Based on SmartMesh IPTM embedded networking, MicroPnP offers a standards-based solution that "reduces the cost of acquiring, building, and operating highly scalable wireless sensing and control systems," providing managers with a real-time overview of network operation and device status.

This sensing and actuation peripheral can be easily integrated with the existing system and managed from the cloud.

The MicroPnP platform can be used in two ways: a product model or a cloud-based service model. As a product model, the platform, which can be integrated into all IP-based networks, reduces development costs by doing away with hardware prototyping.


Figure 1: MicroPnP can be used as a product model (left) that can be easily integrated into private ICT infrastructure, or as a managed cloud-based service model (right) including remote management and business intelligence facilities. (Source: VersaSense)

As a service model, MicroPnP, which allows for scalable and secure end-to-end communication, can be used to monitor and control devices across different sites 24 hours a day.

MicroPnP, which has won third place in the 2015 IPSO challenge, is the brainchild of Leuven, Belgium-based VersaSense NV/SA, a spin-off company of the iMinds-DistriNet research group at KU Leuven in Belgium. The company will demonstrate the MicroPnP product range at Hannover Messe, Linear Technology Stand H23, Hall 9.

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