September 28, 2017
Confidex introduces a new asset management tag family with Wirepas Wide Area Mesh Connectivity
Confidex is introducing a new asset management tag family that takes advantage of the benefits of Wirepas Connectivity. It is designed to satisfy the increasing customer need for cost effective logistics solutions operating with unprecedented density and reliability. Based on Nordic Semiconductor’s ultra-low power standard nRF52-series chipset, the all-new upcoming Confidex Viking™ tags track the location of assets and people and can sense the surrounding environment.
Founded on over a decade’s experience in industrial wireless identification, Confidex, together with its customers designed a family of modular asset management tags. The new family sets the standard for industrial asset tracking, indoor & outdoor locating and sensor telemetry. Based on standard silicon originally designed to run Bluetooth Low Energy, Confidex partnered with Wirepas to ensure the tags are fully compliant with Wirepas Wide Area Mesh Connectivity. By working with Wirepas, Confidex is addressing the need for logistic solutions with enhanced density, minimized interference and increased security.
- “The Confidex and Wirepas solution lets manufacturing and logistics companies achieve reliable and secure asset-level data without having multiple internet access points.” says Timo Inkinen, Executive Vice President, Smart Industries at Confidex “Wirepas Connectivity provides an important addition to our offering – we can build new ways to reliably link industrial assets to data.”
The combination of Confidex and Wirepas expertise allows customers to implement completely new industrial asset tracking applications for use cases which were not previously possible. For example, very large scale industrial asset management deployments. Traditionally, such an application with all battery-operated devices hasn’t been possible but now, with Confidex industrial grade tag and Wirepas Connectivity, manufacturing and logistics companies can have complete, cost-effective visibility over their assets, thanks to the robust wireless identification technology.
- “Together, Confidex and Wirepas are able to address new industrial use cases which pose a totally new level of challenge to the hardware and the connectivity solution. We are proud to partner with Confidex, the industrial identification leader and address the growing asset management market.”, Wirepas CEO, Teppo Hemiä says.
High density of assets has been one of the traditional challenges in large scale industrial asset management applications, for example in large distribution centers and warehouses. Wirepas scales to the density encountered in typical large-scale installations and is resilient to the abundant interference from Wi-Fi and other users of the 2.4 GHz frequency band.
Some industrial customers have very robust requirements for the protection of asset data and they need to secure the wireless communication. In the case of Wirepas Connectivity, all 2-way communication is encrypted at the network level using industry standard algorithms such as AES. Messages are integrity checked thus preserving the privacy and integrity of customer data.
All of this is possible due to Wirepas’ commercialization of over 15 years of research into high scale wide area mesh networking in the cradle of wireless: Finland.
Confidex: Timo Inkinen, Executive Vice President, Smart Industries, +358 (0) 50 344 8018, timo.inkinen(at)confidex.com
Wirepas: Sebastian Linko, Vice President, Marketing and Communications and Investor Relations, +358 (0)40 023 6607, sebastian.linko(at)wirepas.com
Confidex in brief
Confidex is the world’s leading supplier of high-performing contactless smart tickets, industrial wireless identification tags and specialty labels – the key enablers for short-range wireless IoT solutions that make supply chains, transactions and authentication of goods or people more efficient and secure. With our global network of resellers and distributors we serve customers representing a broad range of industries in Europe, Americas, Middle-East and Asia.
Wirepas in brief
Wirepas is focused on providing the most reliable, optimized, scalable and easy to use device connectivity for its customers. Wirepas Connectivity is a de-centralized radio communications protocol that can be used in any device, with any radio chip and on any radio band. With Wirepas Connectivity there is no need for traditional repeaters because every wireless device is a smart router of the network. The connected devices form the network – easy as that. Wirepas has its headquarters in Tampere, Finland and offices in Australia, France, Germany, South Korea, the UK and the United States.
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