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Friday, April 15, 2016

Taking the IoT forward with plug-and-play configuration

By Nick Flaherty

Plug-and-play is one of the big challenges for the Internet of Things, and Belgian spin out VersaSense has developed a wireless system that requires no configuration by the user.
MicroPnP is a complete IoT hardware and software platform that reduces the total cost of ownership for sensing and control systems using the ultra low power SmartMesh IP from Linear Technology. SmartMesh is the technology behind the Dust microcontrollers that Linear acquired at the end of 2011.
Versasense provides the plug-and-play identification of sensors and actuators at 10 million times lower power than USB, and, critically, includes industry-grade security from the embedded sensor to the cloud, as Dust were the co-chairs of the IETF IoT security standard committee. The SmartMesh IP provides 99.999% end-to-end reliability as well as a battery life of up to 10 years, with accurate real time tracking of energy reserves across the entire network.
VersaSense is a spin-off company of iMinds-DistriNet at Leuven University and designs and manufactures a complete range of products for the next-generation of industrial wireless sensing and control systems. This includes: ultra-low power wireless hub devices, a wide range of sensors and actuators, and end-to-end software support. VersaSense also designs and deploys specialised sensing systems for customers working in data center monitoring, chemical pipeline sensing, precision farming and building energy monitoring.
This has led to VersaSense supporting flexible usage models, so that designers can integrate MicroPnP in a network through ‘sensing as a product’, or consume data through ‘sensing as a service’.

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