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Vicotee and Linear to release wireless mesh sensor interface at Electronica

Steve Rogerson
October 19, 2016



At next month’s Electronica show in Munich, Norwegian company Vicotee will be launching a wireless mesh IoT sensor interface that uses SmartMesh IP from Linear Technology.
 
Called Vicotee Njord, 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 module-based product has four different out-of-the-box sensors covering temperature, humidity, ambient light and acidometer. Four configured additional sensor interfaces can be added.
 
The system 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 – Virinco’s global quality and big data test management suite – Vicotee Njord is an off-the-shelf product that will let companies and public services connect with traditional wired sensors over the internet through a single wireless network.
 
This is made possible through the use of Linear’s 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.
 
Vicotee Njord 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 product claims more than 99.999 per cent network reliability even in challenging RF environments; this is equivalent to cabled network reliability.
 
Designed as a plug-and-play system, it 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 high efficiency and low power consumption, allowing batteries to last for ten years. These standard nodes will support most sensor protocols out of the box.
 
The name Vicotee Njord was taken from Norse mythology – a Norse Sea God, highlighting the product’s IP67 water resistant feature.
 
A northern European technology start-up located in Drammen near Oslo, Norway, the company is part of Virinco, a National Instruments certified alliance partner and a Microsoft certified partner. Since Virinco’s establishment in 1998, the company has shown innovation combined with attractive results, doubling of its revenues every five years, earning it the Norwegian Gazelle company label over five consecutive years.
 
Also at Electronica, Belgium-based VersaSense will present live demonstrations of its MicroPnP product range. MicroPnP is the standards-compliant and low-power sensing-as-a-service system that combines zero-configuration plug-and-play integration of IoT peripherals, scalable and round-the-clock monitoring and control of devices across different sites, with secure and reliable wireless networking from Linear Technology.
 

 
The MicroPnP platform provides a complete hardware and software platform supporting more than 50 different plug-and-play sensors that integrate with any network to provide instant sensing and control at a reduced total cost of ownership.