Ubiwave and ZMD Create Complete Sub-1 GHz Mesh Networking Workbench

Ubiwave and ZMD announced the availability of its complete ‘sub-1 GHz workbench’ solution built on top of the ZMD44102 RF transceiver. The ZMD44102 is being launched by ZMD at the Embedded Systems Show in San Jose, California. The ZMD44102 is the only commercially available IEEE 802.15.4 compliant sub-1 GHz transceiver and is software configurable to operate in frequency bands available in most parts of the world.

The sub-1 GHz workbench solution complements Ubiwave’s existing offering of 2.4GHz solutions already deployed in the fields of safety & security and healthcare. It opens up the field for specific applications where range and performance requirements cannot be met by other technologies, e.g. in the field of asset management and automated meter reading (‘AMR’). These solutions need low power, long range communication, and very high reliability, now offered by the combination of the UbiNet(TM) mesh networking protocol and the ZMD44102.

The UbiNet(TM) mesh network solution is a one-stop-shop offering for integrating wireless mesh technology into sensor products. It comprises of three essential components:

  1. The CN07 hardware module with the ZMD44102 transceiver: mesh network module optimized for low bit rate, low power and long range applications
  2. UbiNet(TM) communication stack: one of the world’s most powerful mesh networking stacks, available in a ZigBee 1.1 ready version (UbiNet(TM) Z) as well as in a mesh network version where all nodes are low-power, including the routing nodes (UbiNet(TM) Synchronized Wake Up(TM)).
  3. UbiNet(TM) Workbench: a set of software tools to aid the development, installation, commissioning and field operation of wireless mesh networks. The UbiNet(TM) workbench operates in symbiosis with the UbiNet(TM) communication stack and CN07 sub-1 GHz module. Workbench tools such as the ‘Embedded Application Builder’ and the ‘Control Panel Builder’ allow existing (wired) sensor applications to be easily and rapidly enhanced with wireless mesh technology.

About ZMD
Founded in 1961, ZMD AG specializes in the expert design, production, and marketing of mixed-signal application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and application-specific standard products (ASSPs) for automotive, industrial, and medical applications. Focused on high-precision signal conditioning and high-performance wireless communication, ZMD ensures an integrated foundation for robust sensor networks. With corporate headquarters in Dresden, Germany, ZMD also services customers from offices worldwide including: Melville, NY; San Diego, CA; Santa Clara, CA; Stuttgart, Germany; London, England; and Taipei, Taiwan.

About ZigBee, Wireless Control That Simply Works
The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost effective, low-power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. The ZigBee Alliance is a rapidly growing, non-profit industry consortium of leading semiconductor manufacturers, technology providers, OEMs, and end-users worldwide. Membership is open to all.

About Ubiwave
Ubiwave helps customers to enhance their sensor networks with wireless technology, based on its award-winning UbiNet(TM) wireless mesh network stack and all-in design platform. Ubiwave technology is especially well suited for reliability critical and ultra low-power systems such as for Safety & Security, Asset Management and Healthcare applications. Solutions based on Ubiwave technology benefit from a comprehensive platform of tools to build embedded applications and control panels in support of installation, commissioning, troubleshooting and operating wireless mesh networks.