Industrial automation

A lot of industrial processes can benefit from wireless data communication. It provides more flexibility while reducing installation and maintenance costs. Potential applications include smart factories, power plants including renevable energy sources, power grid, warehouses, thermal power stations etc.

In many cases radio transmission enables new applications in industrial processes, in ex. when sensors need to placed on moving/rotating parts or in hard to reach places. This combined with the possibility to power the devices from batteries allows to build new and innovative solutions to problems, that previously couldn’t be addressed.

Existing industrial radio solutions are often expensive and limited in functionality. Typical radiomodems do not natively support mesh networking and multipoint communication is reduced to relying messages to preconfigured nodes. Often, the communication is not secured enough. Our solutions also fit well as a serial communication medium, carrying in ex. Modbus RTU protocol, but the connections are self-organized and self-healed in case of failure, and the network is natively secure. Also, in many cases it is desired to integrate wireless data transmission directly into the product, to cut on data converter costs and reducing installation complexity. Our radio modules are fit for that purpose, allowing to embed wireless networking into virtually any product.

Factory, Industrial plant
Concept of IOT and smart city illustrated by wireless networking and Wifi icon.

Smart city and smart buildings.

Communication plays central part in new applications for smart cities. The coordinated usage of infrastructure and assets yields often reduced costs and leads to better life quality for the inhabitants.

Potential applications of wireless mesh networks in cities include city lights control, parking space management, traffic control, garbage collection, construction monitoring and other. For many of them, system responsiveness plays a crucial role, which leads to local communication systems, that can span across multiple city blocks.

Another field of application that requires multipoint data exchange are smart buildings. Wireless networking is at the core of many building automation systems, allowing seemless communication between various subsystems and services such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), access control and security, sanitation and waste management, smart metering and other. Such applications often require superb radio sensitivity as the signal is heavily attenuated by walls and ceilings.

All of these features can be achieved with our radio modules.

embetech3

Retrofitting.

Recent improvements in sensing and data processing drive new applications, that are addons to existing systems. Such cases include condition monitoring of assets and infrastructure (machines, pipes, cabling and constructions), diagnostic monitoring for optimization of various parameters (efficiency optimization, resource usage monitoring) as well as redundant systems introduced to improve overall reliablity. Such application often need to be attached to existing systems, without interfering. This requires introduction of additional communication channels that can be realized using wireless mesh networking.

embetech3