Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Advantech Wises up to IoT connectivity

Steve Rogerson
February 26, 2015
Remote device management, data acquisition and security protection for many IoT applications can be provided with Wise, a series of node and gateway devices for system integrators to build their own IoT environment. Made by Taiwanese company Advantech, the devices come with the company’s cloud-based IoT software built-in.
There are two types of Wise nodes – sensor nodes and IO nodes. The Wise-3000 series node devices have a 6LowPan communications carrier board, plus a function board with enclosure for different application environment demands. Sensor node Wise-3010 is an outdoor parking system that uses a low-field magnetic sensor for parking space availability direction.
Wise-3021 is an AI and DIDO thermal sensor node, equipped with temperature and humidity sensors, for general environmental monitoring. Wise-3150 IO node comes with six-channel analogue input interface, Wise-3151 IO node has a RS422/485 interface that provides two plug-in terminal blocks and configurable Modbus, and Wise-3152 is a digital IO node that provides six-channel output with power relay.
The gateway devices deliver wire-like data reliability and performance in a low power cost-effective design. Being 6LowPan compliant, they are all IP-based devices that allow universal TCP/IP adoption to fulfil IoT demands for cloud computing and big data application.
Both the Wise-3310 and Wise-3320 gateway devices use WPAN technology to access and manage Wise-node devices wirelessly and transfer sensor data from WPAN to the internet. The 3310 is a Freescale i.MX6 dual Cortex-A9 1.0GHz platform with wireless mesh to connect up to 200 Wise-node devices. The 3320 employs a TI Sitera AM3352 dual Cortex-A8 1.0GHz platform with wireless mesh to connect up to 100 devices.
Applications include environmental monitoring and indoor-outdoor data collecting network applications, such as air quality systems, water tank level monitoring, smart parking systems and smart gardens.