NI Wireless Sensor Network Platform

National Instruments launched the NI wireless sensor network (WSN) platform. The WSN is a complete remote monitoring solution that consists of NI LabVIEW graphical programming software and new reliable, low-power wireless measurement nodes. The NI wireless sensor network platform provides high-quality measurement data, flexibility to manage power consumption, and ability to customize wireless hardware for added functionality. A key differentiator of the platform is LabVIEW software, which integrates seamlessly with the new battery-powered, industrial-rated NI WSN measurement nodes that can be deployed in rugged conditions for long periods of time.

The wireless sensor network platform delivers battery-powered nodes that offer industrial certifications, reliable networking protocols, and optional outdoor enclosures for long-term, stand-alone deployments. The NI WSN platform provides the ease-of-use necessary to quickly configure and deploy wireless sensors in a wide range of applications. The NI WSN platform simplifies and accelerates the development of these applications by delivering a drag-and-drop programming environment for configuring wireless systems, extracting measurements, performing analysis and presenting data.

The NI WSN-3202 and NI WSN-3212 are the first two WSN nodes. The wireless measurement nodes are powered by four AA batteries for up to three years, making them ideal for long-term deployments. The WSN-3202 four-channel, +/- 10 V analog input node and WSN-3212 four-channel, 24-bit thermocouple node have four digital I/O channels that can be configured for input, sinking output or sourcing output. The platform also includes the NI WSN-9791 Ethernet gateway, which is used to connect the measurement nodes to LabVIEW.

The wireless devices include NI-WSN software, which connects the NI wireless devices to LabVIEW software running on Microsoft Windows or a LabVIEW Real-Time host controller. NI-WSN software is based on IEEE 802.15.4 technology and gathers measurement data from the distributed measurement nodes. The software also delivers capabilities for mesh routing and managing power usage across the network, making it possible to increase measurement distance while maintaining network reliability. Additionally, LabVIEW delivers seamless integration with wired measurement devices and a wide range of third-party wireless sensor network platforms.

NI Wireless Sensor Network Pricing

  • NI WSN-3202 analog/input node
    Priced from $399; euro 349; 51,000 yen
  • NI WSN-3212 thermocouple node
    Priced from $499; euro 439; 63,000 yen
  • NI WSN-9791 Ethernet gateway
    Priced from $799; euro 699; 101,000 yen

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