RFM Introduces Battery Operated Wi-Fi Sensor Modem

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 7:19am
DALLAS -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- RF Monolithics, Inc. today introduced the first new product from its expanded M2M business initiative announced last year and the first of the RFM2M™ family of M2M Wireless Sensor Network Platform building block products. This product, styled SN802GRC, is a battery operated Wi-Fi® sensor modem with Resistance Temperature Detector (“RTD”), Current Transformer, and switch contact inputs. The combination of RTD and Current Transformer makes the SN802GRC ideal for air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration applications.

RFM also announced a new microsite: This new microsite is dedicated to RFM’s M2M Wireless Sensor Networking Product Platform.

“We are excited to announce the first member of our RFM2M product family,” stated Tim Cutler, Director of M2M Business Development at RFM. “Using our very low-power Wi-Fi module provides extraordinary battery life which reduces deployment and maintenance expenses. Also, tying into existing Wi-Fi networks further reduces costs and simplifies deployment as Wi-Fi networks are not only widely deployed but also are well understood and accepted by IT departments,” Cutler continued.

Utilizing RFM’s WSN802G low-power Wi-Fi module, the SN802GRC enables customers to take advantage of existing 802.11b/g/n infrastructure to easily deliver data to the internet and local networks while providing up to 10 years of battery life. This sensor modem may be configured remotely over the air or through an RS-232C serial port to automatically report on timed intervals or on sensor readings exceeding thresholds, thus removing the need for applications to request data from each sensor modem.

RFM2M Platform products are ideal for application developers and systems integrators looking to deliver a complete, cost effective data collection solution to their customers, but who lack the design capability or time required to develop this technology. All of the RFM2M Platform building block products are being designed in a modular format to allow easy customization both in the sensors supported as well as the wireless technology used. RFM’s unsurpassed breadth and depth of RF technology products allow the use of Wi-Fi, ZigBee®, 802.15.4, WirelessHART™, and both 900 MHz and 2.4 GHz Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum wireless technologies to be deployed. All RFM2M products are unbranded, allowing solution providers to add their own brand. In addition to sensor modems, a family of RFM2M gateways is also under development with specific product announcements to follow.



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