Solving challenging requirements in process automation, monitoring and control, FreeWave Technologies, Inc. has released its new WaveContact™ product family.

The new range expands FreeWave’s wireless I/O solutions for industrial M2M (Machine-to-Machine) and IoT applications in remote hazardous locations.

WaveContact extends reliable connectivity to sensor networks across wide areas and simplifies the M2M network set-up for the oil and gas, factory automation, industrial control, water/wastewater, smart grid, government and defence, and agriculture industries.

“As industrial markets focus more on safety, automation and improving operational efficiencies, the demand for intensive monitoring, measurement and process control has naturally followed,” explained Glenn Longley, Senior Product Manager for I/O and software at FreeWave Technologies. “The WaveContact family of industrial M2M wireless I/O solutions are ruggedised for use in hazardous environments, and offers connectivity with many devices and I/O applications over both short and long distances simultaneously.”

Two new I/O offerings

Industrial markets require simple, yet dependable monitoring and control of M2M devices over distances to maximise the value of production assets. The WaveContact product family adds to FreeWave’s extensive I/O solutions by providing customers with end-to-end wireless networking capabilities for any environment where process automation is needed.

The WaveContact 10i EndPoint is a Class 1, Division 1 (C1D1) certified wireless I/O solution that delivers a versatile design for enabling multiple process automation and control capabilities for hazardous locations. Designed with a self-contained, explosion-proof enclosure, it combines the versatility of up to six analogue voltage inputs and an RS485 interface. The 10i EndPoint includes a rechargeable battery and integrated solar panel, and a 1 watt 900 MHz or 500 mW 2.4 GHz wireless M2M communication module.

The WaveContact 50i Data Concentrator aggregates telemetry from multiple sensors and other wireless M2M devices for simple and flexible connectivity to a data centre or SCADA network. With both serial and Ethernet connections over wired or wireless connections, the Data Concentrator serves as an M2M gateway to the 10i Endpoints, other FreeWave wireless I/O modules, and also provides outstanding functionality as a Serial Radio Master for connecting serial devices with existing FGR/FGR2 (900 MHz) or GX/I2 (2.4 GHz) FreeWave networks.

FreeWave has begun taking orders for WaveContact 10i and 50i, for shipments in the fourth quarter.