New ISA100 and WirelessHART dual gateway

Nivis, a company that specialises in secure, open standard wireless sensing and control networks, has announced the release of the Nivis WirelessHART Gateway, a totally misnamed router for wireless sensor networks of any type: whether WirelessHART or ISA100.11a protocol based. Nivis call it a reliable and secure wireless communication gateway for real world industrial plant applications. Then they get round to mentioning that it is actually an innovative dual protocol solution for low-cost field device communication, based on both the WirelessHART and ISA100.11a standards. The communication stacks and hardware will simultaneously support both protocols and the network wirelessly integrates both types of devices.  As a result, Nivis users can retain complete flexibility to choose whichever wireless sensor style they want to use, and add to their networks as products evolve in the future.  The Nivis Gateway is available now.

The Nivis WirelessHART Gateway (but they don’t mean that really) is quoted to be an integral component in the creation of any wireless network, facilitating communication between host applications and field devices in the network. The Gateway has been successfully tested for interoperability with several WirelessHART adaptors, and other sensors from leading suppliers including Emerson, MACTek and STG. The Gateway is available in two models.

1) VersaRouter 910 (VR910), an all inclusive, fully-brandable, hazardous location certified gateway complete with enclosure.

2) VersaRouter 810 (VR810), a fully integratable and intrinsically safe certified module that is designed to be integrated into custom enclosures as an OEM module.

The VR910 and VR810 employ the Coldfire V4e MCF5485 processor @200MHz and with 64MB of RAM. Both offer Modbus TCP support and come with Nivis Management and Control System (MCS) that allows customers to manage their wireless networks securely and easily. Both products have passed HAZLOC certifications (i.e., ATEX Zone 2, C1D2, etc.) and EMC certifications (i.e., FCC, ETSI, etc.). A complete list of certifications is available upon request.

“The release of the Nivis WirelessHART gateway solidifies our position as an industry leader in secure wireless sensing and control technology,” said Trae Harrison, VP of Sales and Marketing. “The addition of the WirelessHART Gateway to the Nivis product line enables customers to utilize either ISA100.11a or WirelessHART using the same platform.”

Nivis claim to be the world leader in secure, open standard wireless sensing and control networks. Established in 1998, Nivis focuses on research and development of mesh networks and applications supporting mesh networks. From a history in custom engineering to a concentration in commercial and industrial products, Nivis has more than 500 man years of experience in research, development, and implementation of Smart Grid and industrial wireless technology.  Nivis is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with additional offices in Chattanooga, Bucharest and Cluj, Romania. For more information visit http://www.nivis.com.

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