BURLINGTON, MA /PRNewswire/ -- Millennial Net advances the frontier of wireless sensor network technology by introducing its fifth-generation MeshScape 5 technology at Sensors Expo 2008, booth 506, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL.
"Wireless sensor network applications are gaining momentum as the technology matures and user acceptance builds on successful deployments and demonstrated performance in real-world environments," said Martin Hanssmann, CEO Millennial Net.
MeshScape 5 uses patent-pending Virtually-On frequency-hopping technology. It also uses patented persistent dynamic routing (PDR) techniques to form a self-configuring, wireless mesh network. PDR uses a node-initiated network formation for efficient topology discovery, and uses best-route information for network re-formation (required in ever-changing RF environments). MeshScape networking uses standard IEEE 802.15.4 unlicensed radio band.
The MeshScape 5 wireless sensor network protocol is intended for use in commercial and industrial applications. It is ideally suited for monitoring and control applications, such as building automation, energy and environmental management and monitoring, factory and process automation, and healthcare and wellness monitoring. Initial devices to run on MeshScape 5 will be released beginning in the second half of 2008. Millennial Net will continue to market and support MeshScape 4 and recently announced an expansion of energy-management products on that technology.
MeshScape 5 is an optimized industrial-class wireless mesh network. It is optimized for more robust interference resistance, higher scalability in real world environments, and lower power operation. Innovations over MeshScape 4 include:
- Virtually-On technology to enable mesh nodes to run at low-power battery operation for several years
- Active frequency hopping for robust operation in noisy environments
- Low-latency capability to reduce end-to-end packet delivery time to below seconds within a multi-hop environment, even with a battery-operated mesh node
- Highly scalable dynamic addressing to ease installation and commissioning for large and complex networks
Millennial Net's 5524 product family provides an embedded platform to minimize time to market for OEMs and enables a broader range of applications. It provides a common hardware platform for MeshScape 5 devices and standards-based devices. While MeshScape 5 advances the frontier of wireless sensor network technology, Millennial Net recognizes and supports standards such as WirelessHART and the emerging ISA100.11a, as important developments in the industrial market. Whether adopting an industry standard or looking to leverage Millennial Net's MeshScape technology, Millennial Net provides OEMs services and development tools from concept through commercialization.
"In contrast to other industrial-class wireless sensor networks, MeshScape 5 enables lower latency industrial applications, suitable for certain control applications in both process and discrete industrial environments, as well as for building automation and energy management." MeshScape is a distributed network that responds quickly to dynamic environments, such as mobile devices and radio interference. It is a homogeneous TDMA/CSMA protocol, which dynamically adapts without human intervention.
About Millennial Net
Millennial Net is a leading worldwide provider of commercial and industrial wireless networking systems and products for the energy management and automation markets. "Millennial Net's patented ad hoc, self-organizing wireless mesh networking MeshScape system leads the industry in power efficiency, support for dynamic systems and mobile sensors, reliability, and scalability. Millennial Net also leads the industry in real-world deployments, with networks installed across commercial building and industrial environments." Millennial Net is headquartered in Burlington, MA, and owned by PHC Holding, GmbH (PHC). PHC is a privately held company headquartered in Esslingen, Germany.