A German company specialized in embedded wireless long-range networks (LPWAN) offers a ready-to-use flexible and scalable sensor network based on LoRa™ technology. This private network infrastructure can be integrated in existing or planned monitoring systems to collect and transmit operational data such as metric sensor data or status information to optimize industrial and logistic processes. The company is targeting research co-operation and commercial agreements with technical assistance.
The company offers a long-range radio sensor network including all required hard- and software (firmware) components. The solution addresses commercial companies and research institutes, who are looking for a flexible wireless sensor network that allows a quick integration into ongoing software products of projects. The company is interested in technological collaborations such as development contracts, licensing, leasing or purchasing agreements. A key benefit of the offered network solution is to enable short-term, minimum effort process data collections. The installation of the battery-powered sensors is 100% cordless. Thus, Industrial IoT pilot installations can be executed in between a few hours, even without the need to involve the customers’ IT department. One centrally positioned gateway typically covers entire production halls with areas of 50,000 m² and above. The central network access point (gateway) as well as the end devices (connected sensors and actuators) can be easily configured and managed via a license-free Message Management Center (MMC) according to application-specific requirements. The modular building block system contains a wide range of proven and certified end devices. Examples are end devices sensing: • ambient light • proximity • acceleration (3D) • vibration • temperature • air or soil humidity • battery level In addition, a variety of actuators is available, including • call / notification button with e-ink graphical display • LED signal tower • 1D/2D optical scanner • electronic lock • acoustic signalling device The MMC manages the radio transmissions between end devices and gateways. All communication between the gateway and 3rd party software applications is performed via standard IP connections. The MMC can run on the gateway hardware or, alternatively on a dedicated PC. MMC provides a dashboard for central monitoring and control of all end devices registered at the gateway. The dashboard allows direct communication with the end-devices. It also logs all incoming data and events. Another core feature of the MMC is the native support of Node-RED, a graphical tool for creating sensor message flows. It allows to connect end-devices by interfaces of applications, send emails or tweets event-based, or simply monitor devices conveniently. Node-RED supports MQTT, the industry standard real-time M2M message protocol. Further supported software interfaces for the data exchange between gateway and LAN/WAN are SOAP, HTTP(S) and OPC UA.
Type (e.g. company, R&D institution…), field of industry and Role of Partner Sought:
The German company is looking for commercial partners (preferably but not limited to SMEs) and research institutions interested in - licencing the technology to incorporate it in its products and services under licensing agreement - commissioning the German company as a technical cooperation partner to provide installation/implementation under a commercial agreement with technical assistance - further developing the existing technology in cooperation with the German company under a research cooperation agreement.
Stage of Development:
Already on the market
Comments Regarding Stage of Development:
The technology is already in productive use in the automotive and metalworking sector.