Linear Technology announces expansion of SmartMesh IP wireless sensor network
18 January 2017
Linear Technology’s SmartMesh IP wireless sensor network (WSN) product line has expanded to address the growing needs of industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Capabilities include the SmartMesh VManager networking software, which increases the mesh network capacity to thousands of nodes. The Blink mode, a power roaming node capability, reduces average current consumption of wireless sensor nodes to less than 3µA.
SmartMesh IP, based on 6LoWPAN, delivers wire-like reliability and power to wireless mesh networks, allowing secure deployment of battery-operated IoT sensors in harsh environments with more than 10 years of battery life.
SmartMesh IP offers a range of features, including:
* Network and Security Management: SmartMesh networks self-form and self-heal and continuously self-optimize while providing NIST-certified security. Network Manager options include the on-chip EManager for networks of less than 100 nodes, and the VManager. VManager software reliably supports over one thousand nodes in a single secure network and runs on an X86-based Virtual Machine (VM) that can be located anywhere with an IP connection, including the Cloud.
* Roaming Nodes: The Blink mode addresses applications where nodes may need to move in and out of the mesh and send data several times per day. Thousands of SmartMesh IP Blink nodes can reliably and securely send data into a mesh-mode SmartMesh network while consuming an average of less than 3µA of power.
SmartMesh IP products are wireless chips and pre-certified PCB modules, complete with ready-to-deploy wireless mesh networking software based on the 6LoWPAN and IEEE 802.15.4e standards