AreaConnect gives industrial hygienists and industrial plant managers the ability to aggregate the data generated from wireless AreaPORT-enabled 4-20mA sensors and then integrate that data, regardless of different networks. The AreaConnect is based on Industrial Ethernet, which has built-in redundancy and durability so that all devices remain connected despite the harsh conditions often found in a factory environment. While there are numerous types of industrial bus networks available, Industrial Ethernet represents a higher level architecture that alleviates the cumbersome bus-to-bus interfaces frequently found in industrial sensor/actuator implementations.
The AreaPORT accepts data from up to four channels from standard monitoring devices with 4-20 mA analog inputs. It delivers the sensor information via wireless communications to a central host controller, up to two miles away, running the ProRAE Remote Host Controller software package, providing real time sensor data and alarm states in a comprehensive dashboard view. The AreaPORT is small and portable, measuring 12 inches by 12 inches by 8 inches, weighs less than 17 pounds, and has a rugged NEMA 4-rated cover, making iteal for integrating sensor and alarm data from pressure transducers, smokestack sensors, and velocity, viscosity and density sensors in pipes.
"This solution expands RAE Systems' hazardous gas monitoring, radiation detection and sensing capabilities, and extends our leadership in industrial automation, and process control management," said Robert Chen, CEO of RAE Systems. "This next-generation wireless sensing solution provides plant managers the ability to sense, collect and interpret data, which in turn makes processes run better and ultimately improves manufacturing efficiency."RAE Systems is demonstrating their wireless industrial monitoring solutions at The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA) Conference and Expo at the Reliant Center in Houston, Texas on October 21-23, 2003. For more information, please visit www.raesystems.com, call 408-752-0723, or send an e-mail to RAESales@raesystems.com.
About RAE SystemsRAE Systems Inc. is the leader in rapidly deployable sensing networks for homeland defense and a leading manufacturer of portable, wireless and fixed atmospheric monitors, photo-ionization detectors, radiation detectors, gas detection tubes, sampling pumps and security monitoring devices. Our customers use our products to monitor gas and other volatile organic compounds in confined spaces, to establish a perimeter security around hazardous material sites and to detect the illicit traffic of radioactive materials. RAE Systems' customers operate in such industries as safety and security, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, utilities, food, chemical, airlines, military and hazardous material storage and disposal, and its monitors are used in civilian and government atmospheric monitoring programs in over 40 countries. For more information about RAE Systems, please visit www.RAESystems.com