Integrating IP-based networks with high performance wireless sensor networks


Tel Aviv, Israel — (METERING.COM) — February 18, 2010 – Wireless sensor network provider Virtual Extension has announced the compatibility of Diversity Path Mesh™ to the IP networks’ environment.

Users of the company’s VEmesh products are now able to enjoy both worlds: the ubiquitous TCP/IP protocol for back-office and the Diversity Path Mesh de-facto standard for high performance mesh wireless networks for the communication with the smart meters or networks.

The TCP/IP compatibility is offered as an option in the gateways of VEmesh networks, via an RJ45 connector fit to standard Ethernet networks.

With the addition of the TCP/IP interface option, Virtual Extension offers smart meter and sensor manufacturers and system integrators a rich set of standard interfaces, which also includes MODBUS, USB, UART and RS485.

Leor Hardy, CTO of Virtual Extension, said: “We are very pleased to announce this important new functionality for VEmesh Gateways. Sensor and AMI system designers looking for mesh wireless now have an additional significant networking connectivity option that will allow them a whole new class of high performance, price sensitive solutions.”
Virtual Extension’s Diversity Path Mesh synchronized flooding technology ensures that each transmission is optimally relayed by the nodes surrounding it. Instead of investing in computing and network resources to choose the best radio path and then instruct specific nodes, the network  benefits from the inherent space diversity of a multitude of propagation paths, eliminating the need to route and manage, thus increasing the robustness and range of the network.