New easy-to-use Wi-Fi sensors enable remote monitoring of the environment.
GainSpan Corp., a leading developer of ultra-low power embedded Wi-Fi solutions, and UK-based Corintech Ltd., announced that Corintech has expanded its data logger line with the introduction of its first Wi-Fi data logging sensors—the EL-WiFi. Incorporating GainSpan low-power Wi-Fi modules, the new EL-WiFi line now makes it possible for users to remotely monitor an environment. The sensors seamlessly stream data to a PC, back end server or cloud based service using a standard Wi-Fi network, without users having to manually collect data.
The first product in the line, the EL-WiFi-TH, is an easy-to-use Wi-Fi temperature and humidity data logging sensor. The sensor measures temperature and humidity and then transmits data via Wi-Fi to a PC running Corintech’s free software package. The user need only connect the sensor to the PC once to configure it; after that, everything can be done remotely. Users can view one or multiple sensors on the PC at any one time. And, users can change the settings on the sensors as well as set alarms—all remotely. If the network connection is lost, the unit will automatically log and store readings in memory; once the network is restored all readings will be uploaded to the PC.
The EL-WiFi-TH is well-suited for use wherever the temperature or humidity of sensitive materials, food products or manufacturing processes have to be monitored and controlled such as in healthcare, pharmaceutical, food, agriculture, but also for temperature control in buildings and server rooms.
Corintech will bring to market additional products in the line later this year, all powered by GainSpan Wi-Fi technology. The products include the EL-WiFi-TP with a probe and extended temperature range, and the EL-WiFi-Alert, which communicates high and low alert messages from any EL-WiFi sensor via email and SMS.
Sean Wigmore, managing director at Corintech, said:
“While wireless provides the convenience of locating these sensors in places that are difficult to access, Wi-Fi based sensors can be located almost anywhere thanks to the extensive Wi-Fi infrastructure and hotspots that exist for commercial applications.”
“Corintech is a leader in the field of data logging products and was first to develop a successful line of USB products. We are expecting equal success in their wireless products as they roll out their new family of Wi-Fi devices. As such, we are very excited about the possibility of collaborating with them on their next generation of products,” said David Casey, vice president of sales, GainSpan. “We strongly believe that Wi-Fi enabled data loggers will significantly expand in the market and open up new applications.”
GainSpan is the leading semiconductor solutions company in low power Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi connectivity for the Internet of Things. Its easy-to-use system-on-chip (SoC), modules and software let customers leverage the large installed base of Wi-Fi access points and smartphones to create connected products for healthcare, smart energy and control and monitoring in industrial, commercial and residential markets. The solutions have an ultra-low power SoC that consumes a few µA of standby current and goes from standby to active mode in a few ms. GainSpan is based in San Jose, CA, with R&D in India.
Corintech Ltd., established in 1977, has successfully built upon its Thick Film Hybrid and Microelectronics origins and now provide comprehensive product design, development and manufacturing capability supplying electronic based products into the Aerospace, Medical, Instrumentation, Gas detection and Defense industries. Corintech also has a range of Standard Products which can be found at www.corintech.com. These products feature touchscreen, Wi-Fi and data logging technology, which are entirely designed and manufactured by Corintech and are available via the online store.