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Particle Releases Mesh-Based IoT Solution for Developers

The system includes low-cost wireless sensor transmitters and gateways, as well as the company's Device Cloud software, so developers can create an ecosystem of sensors to wirelessly detect conditions for everything from factories to parking lots.
By Claire Swedberg
Nov 20, 2018

Internet of Thing (IoT) technology company Particle has released what it calls Particle Mesh, a network that enables low-cost wireless devices with sensors to create a mesh network of connected devices collecting data. That information can then be forwarded to a server via a Wi-Fi, cellular or Ethernet connection. Pre-orders have begun shipping this month to developers that are building mesh-based solutions, the company reports.

For several years, Particle has provided an IoT solution known as Device Cloud that serves as a data network to collect, analyze and share information regarding a company's devices and their status. The solution is offered at a monthly fee, while there is a one-time hardware cost. Particle reports that it has already shipped more than 500,000 of these devices to approximately 160,000 engineers, and that it has worked with Fortune 500 companies to provide wireless sensor management of equipment, electronics and assets.

Left to right: Argon, Xenon, Boron
The company has now taken a further step by offering a mesh network of low-cost sensors to provide more data from a physical location about the conditions of assets or other items within a space. Particle Mesh could accelerate the IoT market, says Will Hart, the firm's general manager, by providing context for the IoT data being collected. "A product creator might attach sensors or actuators to the Mesh products and program them to behave in a particular way," he explains. "Adding more products with different roles to the same mesh network can help the system make better decisions than any individual product could make on its own."

The company already offers three devices that connect sensors to a server. These units capture sensor data, transmit it directly to Device Cloud, and thereby provide information about such factors as the temperature within a cooler or generator, in order to understand how those devices are operating. With Particle Mesh, however, a great deal more data could be collected at a single site, the company reports, using low-cost transmitters with sensors communicating with the Particle gateway devices.

The three devices that Particle offers are called the Argon, the Boron and the Xenon. The Argon acts as a gateway and uses Wi-Fi to connect data to the server. It employs Nordic Semiconductor's nRF52840 IC. The Boron uses an LTE cellular transmission to forward sensor data to a server. And the Xenon, the least costly model, can serve as a repeater or a gateway using Thread, a 2.4 GHz protocol compliant with the ISO 802.15.4 standard.

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