Wireless Applications

GE Sensing Selects Dust Networks as Technology Partner

April 26, 2007

Dust Networks' WSN Products meet demand for reliable, low-power wireless monitoring applications.


Hayward, CA and BILLERICA, MA -- GE Sensing, the sensing business of the General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), and Dust Networks, the leading provider of highly reliable, low-power wireless sensor networking (WSN) systems, announced a technology partnership to build dynamic, flexible wireless sensing solutions for a range of monitoring applications.

GE Sensing, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of sensing systems, will use Dust Networks' embedded WSN products to provide GE customers with reliable, cost-effective wireless solutions to monitor and validate critical processes in a range of industries, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, automotive, industrial, commercial, petrochemical and power generation.

"We evaluated many wireless technologies and ultimately chose Dust Networks' Time Synchronized Mesh Protocol (TSMP)-based products," said Mark Kingsley, chief marketing officer at GE Sensing. "We believe Dust Networks is the only company that can provide the reliability and power consumption critical to our customers' success. The ability to offer our customers a way to quickly and accurately gather information from multiple points will help them meet the growing regulatory challenges, leading to cost savings."

"We're very excited to partner with GE Sensing to develop products that are highly reliable, provide ease of installation and operate on low power," said Joy Weiss, CEO of Dust Networks. "As an enabling technology, WSN is ushering in a new information revolution, providing quick, reliable access to information from the physical world that was previously out of economic reach. Our partnership with GE has resulted in a product that delivers cost savings, energy reduction and increased efficiency benefits to end users."

GE's new Kaye RF ValProbe is the first product to be introduced from the GE and Dust Networks partnership. The RF ValProbe offers operators the option to view data in real time without the need or cost of wiring, and the ability to collect historical data from remote loggers. This feature is invaluable for verifying system setup prior to studies, or for verifying status at critical times during studies.

The ValProbe system consists of RF wireless loggers, a base station and software. Data can be collected from many loggers and distributed over a wide area. Dust Networks' TSMP-based mesh networking technology ensures that no data is lost by permitting loggers to route data to another logger for subsequent forwarding if the direct path to the base station is blocked.

GE Sensing serves the pharmaceutical, industrial, medical, process and transportation industries with a varied product portfolio that enables customers to sense parameters such as temperature, pressure, humidity, level, flow rate and gas concentration with a great degree of accuracy.

Dust's network-ready SmartMesh products provide a complete WSN solution made up of motes and managers that are proven, scalable and easy to integrate for fast time-to-market applications. All SmartMesh products utilize TSMP, pioneered by Dust Networks, which serves as the foundation for the industry's most reliable, low-power mesh architecture. Every mote in a TSMP-based network acts as a router, enabling simplified network installation and high reliability. Dust Networks' products achieve more than 99.9% reliability in the face of harsh RF environments, and battery-operated motes typically live for more than five to ten years.

About Dust Networks
Dust Networks, the leader in embedded wireless sensor networking (WSN), provides ultra low-power, highly reliable products to OEMs in the industrial automation, building automation and defense markets. Dust enables its customers to offer monitoring and control solutions that provide unprecedented access to information from the physical world, resulting in improved operations, safer work environments, and increased competitive advantage. Dust's network-ready SoC-based products provide complete wireless sensor networking (WSN) solutions that are proven, scalable and easy to integrate for fast time-to-market applications. SmartMesh products utilize the Time Synchronized Mesh Protocol (TSMP), pioneered by Dust Networks, which serves as the foundation for the industry's most flexible, low-power mesh architecture. Dust partners with industry and standards groups such as ISA, the HART Foundation, and WINA to ensure the broad adoption of interoperable wireless sensor networking products. Dust Networks is a recent recipient of the World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneer Award. For more information please visit the company's Web site.

About GE Sensing
GE Sensing is a world leader in advanced measurement and sensor-based technology solutions. GE Sensing designs and produces precision instruments and systems that measure temperature, pressure, liquid level, humidity, gas concentration and flow rate for the most demanding customer applications. GE Sensing serves customers around the world in the Aerospace, Healthcare, Transportation, Process and Industrial businesses.

Druck, General Eastern, Kaye, NovaSensor, Panametrics, Telaire, Thermometrics and Ruska are now part of one team, under one name: GE Sensing. For more information, visit the company's Web site.

Dust, Dust Networks, SmartMesh and TSMP are registered trademarks of Dust Networks, Inc. Other marks are property of their respective owners


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