MachineTalker and Theseus Logic demonstrated a new sensor system capable of merging wireless, intelligent-sensor technology and low-powered, wireless micro-controllers. The development represents the first phase of a project—funded by a NASA-sponsored SBIR (small business innovation research) grant—to develop remote monitoring and broadcast mesh networks for use by governments and other organizations needing to maintain status checks on equipment and personnel in harsh and difficult to reach environments.

In the second phase, Theseus will incorporate its low powered processor, a new IEEE 802.15.4 radio chip, and the MachineTalker networking technology to significantly reduce power consumption relative to existing products, the companies said. Low power consumption is critical for operational longevity in battery-powered remote sensors, data acquisition and control systems.