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August 01, 2011

Aginova and GainSpan Announce Wireless Energy Meter and Rugged Temperature Wi-Fi Sensor



Aginova Inc. a wireless sensor network solutions provider, and GainSpan Corporation, a provider of low power embedded Wi-Fi solutions, announced the release of two new products in Aginova's Sentinel Sensor Series, a Wireless Energy Meter and a Rugged Temperature Wi-Fi Sensor. The product is based on GainSpan's low power embedded Wi-Fi GS 1011 SoC (system-on-chip), allowing easy integration and deployment of Wi-Fi sensor networks.

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The GS1011 device is a highly integrated ultra low power wireless single chip with an 802.11b radio, media access controller (MAC) and baseband processor, on-chip flash memory and SRAM, and an applications processor on a single package. The GS1011 supports the full 802.11b (11Mbps) data rates providing scalability on data throughput for higher bandwidth application and providing the ultra low power consumption of battery life.

"We've worked closely with GainSpan for years because of their expertise in developing and deploying low power Wi-Fi technology. Their expertise has been essential for our battery operated devices where low power consumption is critical," stated Ashok Sabata, CEO of Aginova.

 "We decided to use GainSpan's solution for our newest products too, even though some of them aren't battery operated, because of its ease of integration and reduced development cycle compared to other Wi-Fi solutions. With GainSpan adding Wi-Fi connectivity is seamless," Sabata added.

The Sentinel Sensors are installed near (or inside) the asset to monitor. For example, the Sentinel Pro sensor is used to monitor a cold freezer at -80°C, or a Sentinel Micro to monitor ambient air temperature in hotels. It is a system that wirelessly monitors the temperature in all critical equipment (cold or hot) anywhere in the building; kitchens laboratories, pharmacies, nursing and medical stations as well as off site facilities.

The Sentinel Power is a wireless energy meter to monitor and control electricity consumption. By breaking out how and where energy is used -- via an interactive view of power consumption using maps, graphs, reports and alerts -- Sentinel Power provides a simple and cost-effective means of energy management. Unlike other power meters, Sentinel Power provides for non-intrusive installation -- no electrician is required, no power interruption is necessary. Its split-core sensor technology allows the meter to be installed without having to power down all the buildings equipment, particularly important for commercial buildings and hospitals. It is available as a single or three-phase meter, and covers a wide range of voltage.

The rugged and splash resistant Sentinel Nomad allows continuous temperature monitoring in outdoor and harsh environments. It is ideal for container temperature tracking, food storage, warehousing, healthcare and military applications. The Nomad's internal temperature probe covers a range from -40 to +70°C.

"We're glad to see Aginova extending their product line and introducing products like Sentinel Power. We see a lot of customer demand for energy management products and believe that the sector will see significant growth the next few years," comments Bernard Aboussouan (News - Alert), vice president of marketing at GainSpan. "Products such as Sentinel Pro can leverage the existing Wi-Fi infrastructure in most buildings, significantly reducing overall installation costs. Furthermore these products could connect to the internet using Wi-Fi and IP highly tested and secure protocols. It just makes sense."


Anamika Singh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anamika's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves
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