Everything for M2M in one package

Nvio from Opto 22, Temecula, Calif., provides all required machine-to-machine (M2M) system components — sensor interfaces, wired or wireless communications, and a software portal application — in a single package. Prior to Nvio, companies pursui

Nvio from Opto 22, Temecula, Calif., provides all required machine-to-machine (M2M) system components — sensor interfaces, wired or wireless communications, and a software portal application — in a single package. Prior to Nvio, companies pursuing M2M initiatives sourced each of these components separately from different vendors, a time-consuming and expensive process.

Nvio provides a low-risk, easily deployed method to monitor, message, control, and acquire operational data from an extended enterprise. Applications include remote monitoring and management of data points for manufacturing equipment, tanks, pipelines, as well as status and on/off control for lights, motors, generators, and other equipment. In addition to improving operations, Nvio also positively impacts supply-chain, energy-management, and regulatory-compliance initiatives.

Nvio includes the equipment needed to connect and establish sensor and actuator interfaces to remote assets; communications components to provide data transmission over various mediums (including wired ethernet, wireless LAN, dial-up, and cellular); and 24-hr access through the Nvio.net Web portal. Developed for Opto 22 by Dallas-based SensorLogic, the Nvio.net Web portal provides a secure interface for users to view their assets and exercise Nvio's extensive management, alarming, and messaging capabilities.

"By integrating the hardware, communications, application configuration, provisioning, and billing into a turnkey, web-based system, Nvio eliminates the challenges and reduces the development time of deploying M2M applications. We believe this creates value added services and makes immediate ROI easier to achieve," says Jeff Smith, president and CEO of SensorLogic.

The Nvio Starter Kit uses embedded wireless wide-area-network (WAN) technology from Sony Ericsson to communicate M2M data over GSM/GPRS cellular networks. With this starter kit, users can quickly prove Nvio's utility as a comprehensive, single-sourced, and affordable system for M2M applications.

"With the Nvio Starter Kit, users take a piece of hardware right out of the box, plug it into the wall, and use their PC to immediately receive data," says Bob Sheffres, vice president of Opto 22. It provides a cost-effective platform for pilot applications, delivers quicker ROI analysis of the benefits for our M2M technology adopters, and reduces the leadtime, cost, and technical risk in developing applications."

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