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By Beth Bacheldor

L-com to Make, Sell Wireless Sensors From Point Six

L-com Global Connectivity, a manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, has announced that it has acquired the exclusive rights to manufacture and sell Point Six Wireless sensors on a global basis, through a partnership with Point Six Wireless.

Point Six Wireless designs wireless sensors, including those operating in the 418 MHz, 900 MHz or 2.4 GHz (Wi-Fi) frequency bands. The company's products are suitable for customized application-specific solutions, according to L-com, and are being used across multiple market sectors to deliver wireless sensor solutions.

Point Six Wireless temperature and humidity sensors, CO2 sensors, data loggers, people-counting sensors and energy-monitoring sensors help organizations manage energy usage, optimize operations and meet regulatory compliance standards, L-Com reports. Products include, for example, a 418 MHz Wireless Temperature Sensor, a battery-operated digital temperature sensor with a microprocessor-controlled FCC-certified radio transmitter and a battery life of up to four years. The sensor has an on-board clock that allows it to spend most time in a low-power quiescent state; at predetermined time intervals, the clock will awaken the onboard microprocessor.

Onboard calibration tables provide a linear temperature output using an internal thermistor. This information is combined with a CRC-16 error check and transmitted in a very short data packet that results in a very short transmitter on-time, according to the company. The electronics are coated with a conformal material that provides a moisture barrier against condensation (submersion in water, however, is not recommended). A button on the top of the ABS cover permits a user to activate the service switch. When this switch is pushed, a data transmission occurs immediately and a special mark is introduced in the ID field of the transmitted data packet, indicating which sensor is in service or installation.

In addition, L-com says, Point Six's cloud services software, known as Point View, can monitor sensors, generate reports and send text and e-mail alerts and alarms to any PC, tablet or smartphone.

Manufacturing and distribution of most Point Six Wireless products has been transferred to and launched at L-com's facility in Denton, Texas.

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