Libelium adds industrial protocols to its IoT sensor platform

Plug&Sense! professional wireless sensor platform now provides compatibility with industrial protocols RS-232, RS-485, CAN-Bus, Modbus and 4-20mA

Libelium adds industrial protocols to its IoT sensor platform

Libelium has upgraded its Internet of Things platform to include support for new applications for factory automation, automotive applications, industrial networking, building and infrastructure, transportation, energy applications and military uses.

New industrial protocol modules and API libraries for Libelium’s Plug & Sense! Sensor Platform provide Industry 4.0 compatibility allowing Cloud sensor information from industrial devices to connect with the Internet.

The new modules support the most widely used industrial communication network protocols such as RS-232, RS-485, CAN Bus, and Modbus, which are used for processes as varied as industrial automation, building automation and automobile applications to enable sensor network capability in remote or factory floor environments.

In conjunction with the new modules, Libelium has released a special Plug & Sense! model to connect 4-20 mA sensors (current loop), the most commonly deployed sensors in industrial environments.

“Interoperability, reliability and scalability are invisible assets required in any IoT project for industrial environments. In this sense, we are providing solutions to approach the capabilities of our multi-protocol wireless sensor platform to industrial devices,” said David Gascón, CTO at Libelium.

Plug&Sense! along with the new industrial protocols modules enables three main applications: connecting any sensor to an existing industrial bus; adding wireless connectivity to wired buses; and connecting industrial devices to the Cloud.

Plug&Sense! can be configured to work as a node in the network. This way, the sensor information can be read from any industrial device connected to the common bus. The sensor nodes can also use the industrial bus to send information coming from any of the more than 120 sensors currently integrated in the platform.

In addition, Plug&Sense! can be configured to read the information from the bus and send it to the Libelium IoT gateway using any of the wireless radio modules available: 802.15.4, 868 MHz, 900 MHz, WiFi, 4G, Sigfox and LoRaWAN.

Finally, Plug&Sense! can be configured to read the information coming from the bus and send it via wireless directly to the Cloud using Wi-Fi or 4G radio interfaces.

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