Numerex Corp (NASDAQ:NMRX), a leading provider of interactive machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions enabling the industrial Internet of Things (iIoT), recently announced the availability of nxLINK, a ruggedized, compact, battery-operated “smart sensor interface” that connects to literally thousands of sensors used in capturing important iIoT data. This new device provides critical wireless sensor-connection functionality and serves as an important component in the Company’s extensive nxFAST iIoT platform offering. As such, the nxLINK helps Numerex deliver on its goal of using its flexible, horizontal platform and components to offer a single source for companies seeking the quick deployment of a robust, end-to-end, iIoT solution that addresses their unique and particular needs.
As an nxFAST platform component, Numerex’s nxLINK interface harvests data from sensors, and wirelessly transmits the captured data either to a cellular or satellite communicator, or to a local, smart, control-panel. Designed for maximum flexibility, the nxLINK offers a simple GUI interface for users enabling them to configure data collection “triggers” based on threshold attainment—by time of day, or upon detected sensor value changes. The nxLINK is capable of handling up to four digital dry contact or analog sensors simultaneously to facilitate the collection of data for transport, processing, analysis, and input into an application or display in a dashboard. Water and dust resistant, the nxLINK is suited for even the most demanding manufacturing and remote outdoor monitoring installations. In addition, the nxLINK features Intrinsically Safe certification (Class 1, Div. 1 Groups A, B, C, D) enabling sensor monitoring in explosive atmospheres.
“Companies are starting to understand the power of the industrial IoT to transform their processes and are seeking affordable, robust solutions to capture and transmit data in real time, with a minimum of disruption during installation or while in use,” said Jeff Smith, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer at Numerex. “As a key component in the nxFAST platform, nxLINK delivers optimum performance in rugged conditions. When paired with the Numerex Network, advanced iIoT devices, and applications built on nxFAST technology, the nxLINK serves as one the Company’s devices in a full-range of critical components useful for deploying iIoT solutions virtually anywhere.”
Designed to operate in temperatures ranging from -10 to 70 degrees Celsius, the nxLINK requires two user-replaceable, high-energy Lithium 3.6V batteries and weighs 5.6 ounces (161 grams) with the batteries installed.
nxLINK is part of Numerex’s recently announced nxFAST™ platform, which provides a number of tools for building and deploying secure, flexible and scalable solutions powering the iIoT for enterprise-class industrial and commercial markets. The nxFAST iIoT platform enables widespread, speedy deployment of IoT solutions across many different industries, including manufacturing, materials, chemical processing, and other industrial or commercial areas of business.