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August 3, 2009

NI rolls out wireless sensor network platform

Allows to configure and deploy wireless sensors in a wide range of applications

By CBR Staff Writer

National Instruments has introduced its wireless sensor network (WSN) platform, a complete remote monitoring product that consists of the company’s LabVIEW graphical programming software and low-power wireless measurement nodes.

The company claimed that its WSN platform delivers a product that provides measurement data, the ability to manage power consumption and to customise wireless hardware for added functionality. Its LabVIEW software integrates with its new battery-powered WSN measurement nodes that can be deployed in rugged conditions for long periods of time.

With the LabVIEW, the new platform reportedly simplifies the development of these applications by delivering a drag-and-drop programming environment for configuring wireless systems, extracting measurements, performing analysis and presenting data. LabVIEW also offers native web connectivity for remote interaction with wireless systems.

National Instruments is said to be releasing its first two WSN nodes and plans to expand the measurement capabilities of its WSN platform. The platform also includes its WSN-9791 Ethernet gateway, which is used to connect the measurement nodes to LabVIEW.

The wireless devices include its WSN software, which connects the company’s wireless devices to LabVIEW software running on Microsoft Windows or a LabVIEW Real-Time host controller. The company’s WSN software is based on IEEE 802.15.4 technology and gathers measurement data from the distributed measurement nodes, the company said.

The software is also expected to deliver capabilities for mesh routing and managing power usage across the network, making it possible to increase measurement distance while maintaining network reliability. Additionally, LabVIEW delivers integration with wired measurement devices and a wide range of third-party wireless sensor network platforms.

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