IoT

Modules with Wirepas Mesh protocol for massive IoT

16th December 2020
Alex Lynn

Würth Elektronik has entered into a partnership with the Finnish software developer Wirepas. The aim of the agreement is to offer a portfolio of radio modules that use the IoT network protocol Wirepas Mesh from 2021. This innovative technology can be used to create large IoT networks, for example of battery-powered sensors, in which each participant also functions as a router.

The mesh is self-healing and scalable as required. As part of an ‘early bird offer’, Würth Elektronik customers can receive from today the proven Proteus III / Thyone I hardware with firmware from Wirepas.

The design principles of the software stack from Wirepas were geared from the beginning to the requirements of the industry with regards to reliability, scalability and longevity of devices in battery operation.

"This will make us a one-stop shop for companies willing to develop IoT solutions for remote monitoring and remote control of devices based on the extremely flexible and scalable Wirepas technology," explained Luca Settembre, Product Manager for GNSS and Wirepas in the Wireless Connectivity & Sensors Division at Würth Elektronik eiSos. “There are a lot of interested parties and developers who are urgently waiting for Wirepas radio modules available in smaller numbers. We have decided to be very flexible and offer a solution before the official start."

With immediate effect, Würth Elektronik customers can receive their first radio module with Wirepas basic firmware. In cooperation with Wirepas, Würth Elektronik offers standard hardware in which the Wirepas firmware can be customised according to customer requirements. This means that an intelligent mesh network can be implemented for the customer within a very short time.

The hardware is based on the Nordic chipset nRF52840, which has already proven itself very well at Würth Elektronik as the Bluetooth LE 5.1 module Proteus-III or as the 2.4GHz proprietary radio module Thyone-I. From the end of Q1 2021, a standard radio module, like all products at Würth Elektronik eiSos, will be available from stock without a minimum order quantity.

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