A plug and play sensor network and supporting cloud system may be just what the IIoT has been waiting for.
Systems integrators seeking a quick way to enter the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market were given a new option at Electronica this week. Vicotee AS, part of the Virinco Group of Norway, released at the show a plug-and-play IoT sensor system based on the Smartmesh IP from Linear Technology. The Vicotee system includes Njord sensor modules, the Bifrost gateway, and cloud services for collecting data and managing devices, and operates out of the box collecting temperature, ambient light, humidity, and accelerometer data. The system may well help ease industry's path to the IIoT.
The SmartMesh IP technology from Linear is based on the 6LowPAN and IEEE 802.15.4e standards, and forms a self-healing, multi-hop mesh network. Each unit, or mote, is able to collect and relay data under the control of a network manager, which also serves as the network's interface to cloud services. Motes can both send and receive data, allowing over the air software updates, while the network manager monitors and manages network performance and security.
This kind of pre-packaged, simple setup sensor system may be just what the IIoT has been waiting for.
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—Rich Quinnell covers industrial control for EE Times. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org,