IoT is changing the way sensors are designed...

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Until now, sensors (e.g. air quality, water quality, sound, etc.) in the environmental sector, were designed with the end-user in mind. In other words, they were designed with an interface that allowed the end user to interact directly with the sensor in the field where they would extract data or configure the device. This resulted in the manufacturing of very expensive equipment where 90% of electronics were used to support the user interface and the computing power needed to allow the user to interact directly with the instrument. This means that 10% or less of the device’s electronics were targeted to its core functionality - SENSING.

The Internet of Things (IoT) created a new paradigm in instrument design by utilizing the power of the cloud. Instruments are now designed to communicate directly with the cloud via machine-to-machine communications (M2M). This creates a new dimension in monitoring because data from multiple sources can be combined and analyzed in ways that were not possible before. The power of the cloud enables the end user to interact directly with the data via web interfaces anytime, anywhere… which was always the main objective.

Earlier this year, using Netronix’s IoT platform, TSI introduced the first truly IOT device for the Air Quality Monitoring sector - The Environmental Dusttrak. This solution provides the user with the ability to fully configure the Dusttrak remotely and to access data and alerts anytime, anywhere via their mobile devices or the web. It is truly a seamless integration between hardware and the cloud that takes air quality monitoring to a whole new dimension. This new solution will be shown this year at the AIHCE at TSI’s booth (818) as well as Netronix’s booth (762).

Vasileios Nasis, President and CEO of Netronix Group, Inc.

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