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Sensor hub supports PoE, WiFi, GPS

Posted: 29 Sep 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Trimble  PoE  WiFi  GPS  sensor 

Trimble has introduced the ThingMagic Mercury xPRESS Sensor Hub that supports network interfaces (PoE and WiFi) as well as GPS, enabling the integration of positioning services into solutions. According to the company, the xPRESS Sensor Hub is a flexible development platform geared to enable customers to rapidly create cost effective finished reader products.

Mercury xPRESS maintains a single unified software interface, allowing developers to consume diverse sensor data and acts as a "sensor hub" for a range of transport interfaces and communication plug-ins in a single platform. Delivered as an extensible development environment with reference design files and pre-defined, use case specific workflows, Mercury xPRESS also allows developers to move seamlessly across technologies as the use case demands.

The Mercury xPRESS Sensor Hub combines a microcontroller-based motherboard with the industry-leading ThingMagic Mercury6e series of RFID modules and an integrated software development environment built on ThingMagic's Mercury C API. With the platform, developers can bring up a fully functional RFID reader in minutes; testing and proof of concept using sample applications from the software library can start almost immediately. Reference design files allow developers to select the elements needed for their solution and advance rapidly to application specific end product design and development. The Mercury xPRESS Sensor Hub has been screened for regulatory compliance, reducing cost and time to secure end product certifications, stated the company.

To support ongoing innovation, the integrated development tools, device drivers and application software of the Mercury xPRESS Sensor Hub can enable the development of a wider range of end products. Mercury xPRESS is also designed to support a library of sample applications. A native keyboard wedge over USB and Bluetooth interfaces and streaming data over network interfaces is available, while other sample applications may be included in future releases.

The Mercury xPRESS Sensor Hub is available.

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