Monebo Technologies announced that its CardioBelt Electrode System received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration. The system includes an electrocardiogram device worn around the chest that is used for remote patient monitoring. Data then is transferred wirelessly to a communication device, such as a handheld radio or smartphone, according to the company.
Medical device monitors motor skills
Cleveland Medical Devices has received Food and Drug Administration clearance to market Kinesia, a quantitative motor-assessment system. It is a compact wireless system that uses accelerometers and gyroscopes to monitor 3-D motion. The device is worn on the wrist and finger of the patient and can be used to monitor upper extremity movement disorder symptoms and their fluctuations, according to the company.
Fire-mapping RFID system
Telepathx developed an RFID, fire-mapping sensor that will alert fire brigades within 2 minutes of a fire's ignition. The TPX-VRF sensor is part of a terrestrial-based, geospatial mapping system that reports real-time data from the sensor to firefighters in the field, according to the company.
FreeWave Technologies unveiled the 3400SMR spread-spectrum radio designed for the 3.3 GHz to 3.5 GHz band. The radio has a 20-mile range, 350 kHz occupied bandwidth with hopping patterns selectable in 25 MHz zones, a single-frequency capability and a temperature operating range of between -40° to +167° F.
Encino, Calif.-based TechnoCom, a developer of 5.9 GHz short-range communications technologies for vehicle-integration-infrastructure applications, launched its multiband configurable networking unit. The unit is an IEEE 802.11a/b/g-compliant wireless router that supports 4.9 GHz public-safety systems, as well as 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz municipal Wig-Fib networks, according to the company.
802.11n product suite
Meru Networks unveiled its first enterprise offerings based on the IEEE 802.11n draft specifications. The offerings include dual-radio 802.11 a/b/g/n access points and a multi-Gigabit, five-blade chassis controller for up to 1000 access points. The company also launched the 3-Tier Traffic Distribution System, a software-based management system for 802.11-compatiable devices.
In other news, Meru unveiled the E(z) RF High-Fidelity Location Manager Product, a new software application that helps enterprises manage the vendor's 802.11 networks more efficiently, said Steve Troyer, the company's vice president of product marketing.
The product is the newest application to an existing software suite that lets systems integrators determine coverage for the access points deployed in a network and also lets them manage and configure the WLAN. The E(z) solution offers location tracking of wireless devices within 5 and 15 feet of access points. It is self-configuring — the software automatically recognizes access points associated with the WLAN — and provides rouge access-point blocking tools and a virtual-perimeter shield, used to protect a specific area from rouge devices.
Troyer said the solution can be used on a large wireless campus and can limit access to the network by location. For example, access points can block signals in a large university lecture hall during exams in order to limit students' access to mobile data and stave off cheating.
Alarms can be configured by user preference, such as pop-ups on computer screens or alerts sent to a hand-held device. It can track up to 500 access points, according to Troyer. The software suite is available currently and costs $13,995 per license. — Mary Rose Roberts
RFID pharmaceutical tracking system
Blue Vector Systems announced a pharmaceutical edition of its RFID automation platform for item-level tracking and authentication systems. It is designed specifically for manufacturers, distributors and retailers that need to authenticate drug pedigrees as they move through the supply chain. The platform supports intelligent dock-door, conveyor, shelf and desktop RFID-automation stations, as well as UHF, HF and long-range active RFID tags, according to the company.
Transcrypt International now offers the VoSec digital encryption module for Icom, Kenwood and Vertex Standard two-way analog radios. The module offers 128-bit security.
Olathe, Kan.-based Garmin International introduced the Rino 520HCx and Rino 530HCx, the latest in the company's line of two-way radios integrated with a GAPS receiver. The five-watt Rinos tout a 14-mile communication range and a mini-USB interface. The 530HCx also offers a seven-channel weather receiver, an electronic compass and barometric altimeter, according to the company.
Willtek Communications introduced the 8140 TETRA AirAnalyzer, which lets network operators and user groups monitor the quality of service of their TETRA networks, evaluate interoperability between a network and a TETRA radio and identify dead spots, according to the company.
RFID skin patches
Gentag and The CORE Institute will develop and market RFID skin patches for medical applications, the companies announced. The technology platform uses RFID-enabled cell phones, PDAs or wireless laptops that allow remote monitoring by physicians and hospitals, particularly during the first 24 hours after injury or surgery.
Upgraded wireless power meters
Praxsym released three new models in its t-meter line of broadband, wireless power meters. The line now includes meters that operate in the 900 MHz, 3.5 GHz and 4.9 GHz bands.
802.11n test platform
Azimuth Systems introduced the ADEPT-n MIMO test platform, a solution for testing 802.11n products. The platform is a single-box, point-to-multipoint tester that enables interoperability and functional testing of 802.11n devices, according to the company.