The Arch Rock Corporation has developed an effective wireless sensor and web services system in their Primer Pack/IP product.
This product has unique qualities that would be beneficial to the following areas of building automation:
- Data Management
- Building Safety
- Security Applications
- Environmental Controls
The Primer Pack/IP will offer the end-user the option to move from a static, wired system to a dynamic wireless network able to share valuable data and information to all areas of operation through Ethernet, WiFi, and other connections. The wireless network allows the user a more effective and simple integration process as well.
The Primer Pack/IP is described as a complete standards-based, wireless sensor network (WSN) application development and deployment platform. Composed of a service-oriented architecture (SOA), Internet Protocol (IP)-based networking, and a secure, reliable, responsive, low-power mesh networking.
Primer Pack/IP Set-up
The process requires the separation of the logical communication of data in such functions as naming, routing and security from the physical links that carry the data.
Recently, developers of communication networks have adopted the Internet Protocol (IP) as their common routing protocol, along with transport protocols that enable data bits to be delivered properly to their destination.
The Primer Pack/IP product should work well within BACnet due to the protocol’s communication through RS232, RS485, Ethernet, and others that conform to BACnet.
Another advantage for the BACnet protocol would be through the various services included in the protocol. Such as the following services:
- Data Sharing
- Remote Device Management
Primer Pack/IP users can actually develop custom applications to monitor physical conditions without special programming that’s usually required to build sensor network applications. Sensor data becomes immediately available to the plant manager or field worker on the desired mobile IP device, or to the office worker in a web browser environment.
This technology removes the limitations of wired sensors, and develops networks to make that information readily accessible. In addition, the leading internet and web technology provides a platform for the networks and to further the development of varying information sources.
The San Francisco-based Arch Rock Corporation is a developer that concentrates on products and technology for wireless sensor networks. The corporation’s goal is to connect the physical and digital world through wireless sensor networks, where the data can be simply viewed, analyzed, and managed by the user.
For more information about the Arch Rock Corporation and its products, visit the following link: http://www.archrock.com/
Written by: Scott Cosby
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