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Wireless Sensor Networking for Fresh Produce Shipping

April 23, 2007

Dust Networks' wireless sensor networking technology speeds time to market for Novazone's fresh produce shipping solution.


HAYWARD, CA and LIVERMORE, CA /PRNewswire/ -- Dust Networks, the leading provider of highly reliable, low-power wireless sensor networking (WSN) systems, and Novazone, the leading provider of clean technology solutions for food and water, announced that Dust Networks has been selected as the WSN provider for Novazone's ozone-based products. The first Novazone product to integrate Dust's network-ready SmartMesh products is the new PurFresh produce shipping solution.

Novazone's PurFresh product is integrated into a shipping container's air flow system, and uses ozone to reduce decay, improve quality and enhance safety of fresh produce shipped worldwide. With the system, ozone concentration levels are monitored and controlled via wireless plant-level communications based on Dust Networks' WSN products. The Dust-enabled solution allows all containers to be monitored from a central location in a shipping yard, with no need for monitoring of individual containers. By using Dust's network-ready products, based on the company's Time Synchronized Mesh Protocol (TSMP), Novazone was able to bring PurFresh to market significantly faster than it would have with other solutions.

"Dust Networks' SmartMesh products couldn't have been faster or easier to install and configure," said David Cope, president and chief executive officer, Novazone, Inc. "With other technologies, we'd be looking at 12–18 months of development time, plus significant expense. Moreover, the high reliability and low cost of deployment associated with the Dust WSN solution are critical attributes of the PurFresh monitoring system."

"Novazone's PurFresh product is a great example of the increasing demand for wireless sensor networking and the broad adoption of our TSMP-based products in a wide range of industrial applications," said Joy Weiss, CEO of Dust Networks.

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. Dust Networks' TSMP-based products are optimized for enterprise-class applications in industrial and building settings, and meet the rigorous reliability and environmental specifications for harsh environments found in pharmaceutical facilities, oil refineries, oil and gas fields, power plants, and other industrial applications.

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. For more information please visit the company's Web site.

About Novazone
Novazone is the leading provider of clean technology solutions for food and water including advanced ozone-based applications for cold storage and disinfection. Consumers around the world are demanding fresher and safer consumable food and water products. With year-round, global sourcing, transportation and distribution of these products, comes an increase in the risk of both accidental and intentional contamination from microorganisms, pests and chemicals. Novazone couples applied food science with patented ozone technologies to provide an environmentally friendly means of reducing water and airborne pathogens without the use of harmful chemicals, making food and water fresh and safe naturally. The company incorporates an array of patented technologies into complete, automated systems with unsurpassed reliability and cost-effective operations. Industry leaders such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi Cola, Sun Pacific, Orchard View Farms, Paramount Farms, Wilson Batiz, Safeway, Colgate- Palmolive, Procter & Gamble, and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals have implemented Novazone's ozone solutions. For more information, visit the company's Web site.

NOTE: 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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