Wireless Applications

Grape Networks Invades Europe

July 24, 2007

The company, which specializes in wireless sensor monitoring of vineyard microclimates and sensor canopy management, establishes offices in France & Germany.

SAN RAMON, CA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Grape Networks, a company specializing in the wireless sensor monitoring of vineyard microclimates and sensor canopy management on the Internet, announced that the company has established sales offices in Germany and France. The two new offices will be responsible to service vineyards in Europe, the Mediterranean, the former Russian Republics and South Africa. Mr. Francis Tchertoff, headquartered in France, has been appointed the managing director for Southern Europe, and Mr. Karlheinz Kuebert, headquartered in Germany, has been appointed the managing director for Central Europe.

Since Grape Networks' inception four years ago, the company has been dominating the vineyard marketplace for the wireless sensor monitoring of microclimates on the Internet in the U.S., but the U.S. only represents 5% of the 20 million world wide vineyard acres. Furthermore, according to Peter Tsepeleff, president of Grape Networks, "...the company has had a tremendous response in vineyards in the U.S., and now that we have a proven system, it is time to expand into the huge international arena."

Grape Networks monitors vineyards with miniature wireless sensors embedded directly next to the grape berry. The sensors operate on just two double AA batteries, and transmit data in a wireless mesh to a gateway, where the data is sent to the Internet for reception anywhere in the world. Along with temperature, humidity and solar radiation, alerts for frost and powdery mildew are sent to any Internet enabled PC or mobile phone.

About Grape Networks, Inc.
Grape Networks has developed the Climate Genie which utilizes the Internet, (DBMS), intelligent machines, low power radios and very small size sensors (MEMS). Grape Networks has pioneered the design, application, development and production of wireless sensor area networks for vineyards and fields. The company has partnerships with a number of the world's foremost authorities on wireless mesh sensor networks, platforms, applications, viticulture and MEMS Sensors. For more information please visit the Web site or call Peter Tsepeleff at: 925-830-1698.

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