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Vicotee wireless mesh interface makes Hannover Fair debut

Steve Rogerson
May 3, 2016
 
At last week’s Hannover Fair, Norwegian company Vicotee released a wireless mesh IoT sensor interface that uses SmartMesh IP from California-based Linear Technology.
 
It provides opportunities for increased control and efficiency of physical infrastructure, made possible through the collection of data by sensors that can be located practically anywhere. The product is flexible and interfaces with sensor hardware and cloud-based reporting dashboards, where data are analysed and smart sensors can be configured over the air in real time.
 
Based on Wats – parent company Virinco’s global quality and big data test management suite – the Vicotee off-the-shelf product can let companies and public services connect with traditional wired sensors over the internet through a single wireless network. This is made possible through the SmartMesh wireless sensor network technology, which provides low power, standards-based radio technology, time diversity, frequency diversity, and physical diversity to assure reliability, scalability, wire-free power source flexibility and ease of use.
 
Any operation can now connect a multitude of standard sensor devices using the Vicotee hardware interface, allowing businesses to transport short technical messages, such as instructions, control commands, conditional responses, measurements and metered data.
 
Vicotee can be used wherever sensors are installed for monitoring purposes. Whether it is building automation, environmental monitoring, offshore, green energy, smart cities, healthcare, hospitals or homes, the device is said to offer more than 99.999 per cent network reliability even in challenging RF environments.
 
Designed as a plug-and-play system, Vicotee consists of wireless nodes, gateways, cloud services (APIs) and web based reporting tools, which can be delivered as a standalone package or integrated into third party products. Its nodes are developed for efficiency and low power consumption, allowing batteries to last for ten years. These standard nodes will support most sensor protocols out of the box.
 
Located in Drammen near Oslo, Norway, the company is part of Virinco, a National Instruments Certified Alliance partner and a Microsoft certified partner. The company was established in 1998.
 
Also at the show, VersaSense presented live demonstrations of its award-winning MicroPnP product range. MicroPnP is also based on SmartMesh IP embedded networking and uses IoT technologies to realise zero-configuration wireless sensing and actuation at a lower price point than traditional wired systems.