Wireless Applications

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March 1, 2006 By: Melanie Martella, Sensors Sensors

Handy new products


Wireless Sensor Software Platform

MoteWorks from Crossbow Technology Inc., San Jose, CA, is an open, standards-based integrated software platform that allows device manufacturers to integrate wireless sensor network capabilities into their products. The software provides an advanced mesh network stack, over-the-air programming, commercially supported open-source operating system, a gateway server, remote monitoring and management, standards support for 802.15.4 and ZigBee, APIs for application and driver development, as well as support for 900 MHz and 2.4 GHz radio frequencies. (408-965-3300, info@xbow.com, www.xbow.com)



Ultrasonic Proximity Switches

Contrinex Inc., Old Saybrook, CT, offers Series 1180/1181 and Series 1300-1303 ultrasonic proximity switches in M18 and M30 configurations. Sensors are available as diffuse and reflex sensors, with switching or analog outputs (M18 devices) or with 1 or 2 switching outputs/analog and switching outputs in the same device (M30 devices). Other features include operating distances of up to 6000 mm, high excess gain, and a small blind zone. (866-289-2899, info_us@contrinex.com, www.contrinex.com)



Thickness, Profile Sensor

The FDA Class II visible GTS2 glass thickness sensor from LMI Technologies (USA) Inc., Cumming, GA, uses laser triangulation to measure flat panel glass up to 1.5 mm thick and other flat glass up to 3.0 mm thick at up to 2000 readings/s. Stand-off distance is 28 mm, measurement range is 4.0 mm, and accuracy is ±1.0 μm. A CCD single-line array is used to calculate the distance between the projected top surface and bottom surface reflections. (770-888-6586, sales@lmint.com, www.lmint.com)



GPS Receiver

NavSync Ltd., Aurora, IL, offers its CW12 GPS receiver as a functionally equivalent replacement to the Motorola M12+. The receiver offers 5 m rms positional accuracy, <25 ns to UTC timing, and –158 dB tracking sensitivity, and runs off a 3.3 V supply. It provides a standard NMEA 0183 data stream, 1 pps output, and a variable frequency output. (630-236-3026, davej@navsync.com, www.navsync.com)



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