Invensys Controls and Cratlon Announce Wireless Sensor Development

  • August 30, 2005
  • Schneider Electric
  • News
London, UK, August 30, 2005 - Invensys Controls and Cratlon Ltd today announced a joint development agreement, to embed Invensys' wireless software stack and application protocols into Cratlon's single-chip wireless sensor family. Temperature-to-RF and humidity-to-RF sensor chips will be sampled in 2006, with light sensors and certain flammable gas sensors following in 2007.Geoff Mulligan, Director of Technology, Invensys Controls Advanced Building Systems, commented: "Invensys has over 40 points of presence in the average U.S. home, including thermostats, heaters and smoke detectors. Safety legislation, reduced installation costs and energy savings are very strong market drivers to interconnect all these points of presence. Cratlon's sensor-to-RF single-chip integration path is precisely what is needed in the cost-conscious markets of domestic and industrial building controls to connect these wirelessly. We are delighted to support and help accelerate their plans."Tim Cummins, CEO of Cratlon Ltd, added: "We believe we are the first company in Europe to deploy real-world operational 802.15.4 wireless sensor networks for building monitoring and control. Our roadmap is to shrink the functionality of each wireless sensor node to a single CMOS IC, employing our patent-pending on-chip sensors and 18-bit Analog-to-Digital converters. The wireless sensor market is predicted to reach $5 billion by 2010, driven by standards such as ZigBee and IPv6, and we are delighted to have product definition and application software support from Invensys, one of the largest building controls companies in the world".A live link to Cratlon's 802.15.4 wireless sensor network, showing real-time operation in a building monitoring and control application, can be found at: Invensys ControlsInvensys is a global automation, controls and process solutions Group. Its products, service expertise and ongoing support enable intelligent systems to monitor and control processes in many different environments. Leading companies in a wide range of industries rely on Invensys to help them perform with greater efficiency, safety and cost-effectiveness. The Invensys Group is made up of five businesses: Process Systems, APV, Eurotherm, Rail Systems and Controls. The Group is headquartered in London and is listed on the London Stock Exchange, with over 30,000 employees working in 60 countries. For more information, please visit www.invensyscontrols.comAbout Cratlon LtdCratlon is a fabless semiconductor company developing innovative wireless sensor ICs for measuring and transmitting temperature, light and humidity readings. The founders have extensive experience in IC design, wireless communications, software and sensor interfacing. For more information, please visit the company's web site at

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