Wireless in the Data Acquisition Industry
With the skyrocketing cost of wiring and the growing demand for distributed and remote
sensing, data acquisition, and control, the role of wireless communications only gets
bigger. Sensor manufacturers are integrating RF systems in the same enclosure as their
sensing devices. Data logger vendors are beginning to turn to wireless communications to
enhance their products. And wireless networks are taking their place right next to
traditional hardwired configurations. The industry is moving toward the implementation
of networks of wireless sensors that can operate in demanding environments and provide
clear advantages in cost, size, power, flexibility, and distributed intelligence.
The Benefits of RF
Wireless communication is a viable and cost-effective method of transmitting data over
long distances, through electrically noisy environments, and from hostile locations. The
reliability and flexibility of advanced wireless technology warrants serious consideration
for many industrial applications. By becoming acquainted with the capabilities of this
useful tool, OEMs can take advantage of the technology in the more challenging sensor
environments and reap cost and performance benefits that rival those of hardwired
- Speeds installation and reduces cost.
- Operates in RF-dense environments.
- Tolerates extended temperatures (-40° to +80°C).
- Small form factor fits inside space-constrained enclosures.
- Less invasive than cable installation.
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