Sensinode launches Metering Bus technology with TI Low Power RF radios

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Oulu – September 19, 2008 – Sensinode Ltd., a pioneering commercial supplier of solutions for Internet Protocol (IP) based wireless mesh networks, today announced the release of a new software stack, wireless router and mesh gateway for M-Bus (Metering Bus). These new products extend the power of wireless sensor technologies in both near- and mid-range applications, including Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and smart object applications in very low power distributed networks leveraging the 868/915 MHz and 2.4 GHz Texas Instruments (TI) radio chips in module form factor from Radiocrafts.

Sensinode’s networking solution for AMI applications is on display next week at the Metering Europe 2008 Conference in Amsterdam (Booth # C02). The solution consists of the next generation NanoStackTM 2.0, the new NanoRouterTM 2.0 wireless Neighborhood Area Network (NAN) router and the advanced NanoGatewayTM 2.0 for M-BUS providing unmatched scalability, cost-efficiency and coverage among urban and suburban AMI wireless networking infrastructure solutions.

Leveraging the low-power Texas Instruments 2.4GHz IEEE 802.15.4 system-on-chip CC2430, Sensinode energizes the growth of the emerging market for low-cost, small form factor IPenabled devices by providing customers with advanced networking solutions based on the 6LoWPAN standard. NanoStackTM 2.0 also supports TI’s sub-1GHz CC1110 chip, for applications that benefit from extended range (up to several kilometers).

NanoStack 2.0 is a new release of Sensinode’s field-proven communication stack for IP-based wireless sensor networks that extends IP-based technology into a new realm of low-power, reliable Radio Frequency (RF) transmission of sensor and control data. NanoStack 2.0 is platform and radio independent and it gives chip manufacturers, OEMs, systems integrators and solution providers a fast, easy and cost-efficient way to boost their business by utilizing open standards and innovative low-power mesh solutions on inexpensive radios. Key features include the industry’s best code footprint, as little as 32 k of flash, extreme robustness, and the potential to support customer applications on the same processor as the IP-network stack.

NanoRouter 2.0 is a gateway router solution (consisting of both leading edge software and performance optimized hardware) between IP-based 6LoWPAN low-power wireless networks and backbone IP networks. NanoRouter 2.0 offers scalable, reliable and seamless connectivity between Internet and wireless sensor networks. Key features of the NanoRouter family include Ethernet and Power-over-Ethernet support, multiple 6LoWPAN radio support, long-range radio performance and end-to-end IPv6.

NanoGateway 2.0 for Wireless M-Bus is a gateway solution for this European meter reading standard (EN 13757) that connects previously point-to-point M-Bus devices seamlessly into the larger IP-based AMI mesh network. NanoGateway 2.0 for M-Bus increases the flexibility of wireless M-BUS and provides utilities easy-to-implement and efficient way to extend their networking solution with mesh technology. Key features of the NanoGatewayTM 2.0 for M-BUS include 868/915 MHz and 2.4GHz support, 6LoWPAN networking and interoperability.

"As a leader in the commercial deployment of IP-based 802.15.4 wireless systems, Sensinode is in continuous contact with global organizations deploying a wide range of sensor network applications," said Endale Mitiku, VP Marketing & Sales of Sensinode. "In industries such as energy, customers are looking for the ease of operation and confidence of IP-based networks. Supporting utility industry standard RF frequencies is a natural extension of our position."

"This is an important milestone in the evolution of wireless sensor networks powered by TI’s RF technology. By extending IP-based networks across the frequency spectrum, from the utilityindustry standard 868/915 MHz to 2.4 GHz, Sensinode is helping to proliferate TI’s RF solutions in the emerging ‘Internet of Things.’ This is truly a complement to our strategies for extending the reach of TI’s low-power transceivers," said Mark Grazier, worldwide third-party program manager for Texas Instruments.

NanoStackTM 2.0, NanoRouterTM 2.0 and NanoGatewayTM 2.0 for Wireless M-BUS are released by Sensinode to cover a wide range of applications and to satisfy current and upcoming customer needs. Portability, scalability and reliability are the key factors of the product. NanoStackTM 2.0, NanoRouterTM 2.0 and NanoGatewayTM 2.0 for Wireless M-BUS will be available in the fourth quarter of 2008 for worldwide licensing and delivery.

About TI Low-Power RF Developer Network
Sensinode Ltd. is a member of the TI Low-Power RF Developer Network, the most extensive collection of global low-power wireless development support in the industry. With more than 650 independent companies and consultants, TI’s customers have easy access to a broad range of application software, development hardware and software and consulting services. TI’s microcontroller and low-power RF products help wireless designers achieve low power consumption, long range and reliable performance at a competitive price. For more information on TI’s third party program, please visit www.ti.com/lprfnetwork

About Sensinode Ltd.
Sensinode Ltd. is the leading provider of commercial 6LoWPAN technology, providing innovative, open-standard products to realize the vision of IP-based networks of Smart Objects. Headquartered in Oulu, Finland, Sensinode was founded on over 10 years of research and innovation in IP-based wireless embedded systems. The company’s vision is that IP-based IEEE 802.15.4 will be the next WiFi and will power the "Internet of Things." This will enable realtime physical sensing, tracking and identification with enterprise systems and the Internet through scalable low-power networks in building automation, asset management, advanced metering and other applications. For more information: www.sensinode.com

For further information please contact:
Endale Mitiku, VP Marketing/Sales
Sensinode Ltd.
Oulu, Finland
Tel: +358 50 5050 891
Email: endale.mitiku@sensinode.com

Matthew Schmidt
FS Communications for Sensinode
San Mateo, CA
Tel: 650-345-3549
Email: matt@fscomm.com