SAN DIEGO, Feb. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- DistribuTECH 2017 (BOOTH #3039) – FreeWave Technologies, Inc. (www.freewave.com), a leader in industrial, secure Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) wireless networking solutions, today unveiled a new look and website that reflects its move into the next generation of the industrial IoT: The Programmable Edge and Fog Computing. Edgy, modernized and bold, the new FreeWave visually projects its mission to help organizations around the world connect and gain valuable intelligence from devices – even in the most challenging of locations and conditions – anytime, anywhere in a secure, reliable fashion.
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FreeWave believes that programmability at the SCADA and Sensor access layer will drive major digital transformation initiatives for distributed enterprises in 2017 (see news release dated Jan. 23, 2017, "FreeWave Technologies Predicts Fog Computing and IT/OT Convergence.")
"We have set our sights on solving our customers' most difficult challenges – not only connecting and controlling devices, but automating and leveraging data at the Edge in order to make good decisions fast," explained Scott Allen, CMO of FreeWave. "Great information received quickly can lower costs and improve operational efficiencies and help elevate companies to entirely new levels in the digital transformation era."
IIoT Applications at the Edge
For applications like distribution automation, operators now have the option of less expensive wireless solutions that, as the technology continues to diversify, can move away from basic ladder logic and into more modern programming languages, such as Java and Python. This opens up an entirely new sector of software development for Industrial IoT (IIoT) applications at the Edge. Additionally, next generation platforms require the ability to transport that data directly to a specific server, where cloud computing and Big Data initiatives can turn sensor data at the edge into predictive analytics, and eventually, actionable intelligence to save both time and money while maximizing operational output.
New IIoT Products & Two New Partnerships Introduced at DistribuTECH
In line with this vision, FreeWave steadily increased its focus on R&D. At DistribuTECH 2017, FreeWave is announcing a new product and two new partnerships – all designed to help utilities, municipalities and Smart Cities operate more efficiently and intelligently – thanks to a focus on making data smart at the edge. The new announcements include:
Zumlink Z9-C and Z9-T Radios (http://freewave.com/products/zumlink-900-series/): FreeWave introduced the Zumlink-Z9-PE last Fall, but now it brings the next generation, high performance platform to market. ZumLink is the underpinning of the company's go-forward IIoT strategy for IIoT and embedded radio applications. The Z9-C and Z9-T deliver high speed Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) functionality in a radio module that is half the size of a credit card.
FreeWave and Systech application partnership (http://www.systech.com/): Systech developed an industrial Tank Level Control application that resides on and executes from FreeWave's ZumLink Industrial IoT (IIoT) Programmable Radio for edge networks (http://freewave.com/products/zumlink-ipr-iiot-programmable-radio/). The new application features an easy-to-use "ITTT (If This Then That)" process control programming interface that will control analog, digital and RS485 sensors linked to the ZumLink programmable radio. The FreeWave ITTT App is designed for a user-friendly experience and requires no previous programming knowledge or practice.
Technology partnership with E2E Technologies (www.e2etechinc.com): E2E is a comprehensive solutions provider specializing in communication architecture design, implementation and network management. E2E's Stingray Network Management System (NMS), supports the full array of FreeWave's industry-leading wireless communication solutions and is optimizable for IT professionals looking to manage individual components of a limited IIoT or M2M communications system within a larger IT network management framework.
New Website Conveys FreeWave's Dedicated IIoT Focus and Serves as an Industry Resource
FreeWave's new website not only promotes a new stylized look that reflects its vision of "connecting and making devices intelligible" from sensor to server, but it is also a rich reserve of information and resources. The new design makes it easy for users to find the information they want. It engages viewership with simple, fast ways to navigate and offers a rich repository of customer examples, blogs, product information and one-click help features.
"We designed this website to reflect what our customers and partners want. Simple, easy to navigate with informative content," Allen said. "It is attractive and engaging, but, very functional as well. We designed FreeWave's new site to be a source for everyone to learn more about IIoT, the Programmable Edge, Fog Computing along with ways they can implement it. From white papers to customer success stories to industry-rich blogs, we've tried to make this a rich, engaging online experience that will help assist viewers through their journey of the IIoT."
Allen says FreeWave has an aggressive product development schedule together with additional planned partnerships that will offer more programmable edge applications to help customers continue to automate, secure and maximize their data and devices at the Edge.
"FreeWave is taking bold new steps to lead the IIoT market with its rejuvenated focus, vision and execution strategy," Allen said. "All the feedback from our customer, partner and analyst communities have enthusiastically endorsed our direction. We have a clear vision, a set market direction and the resources to execute it with a vengeance over the next several years. This is what the market has said it needs, and we will deliver it."
About FreeWave Technologies
FreeWave Technologies (www.freewave.com) is a leading provider of wireless Machine to Machine (M2M) solutions that deliver reliable access to data for leading companies in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) markets. As the #1 provider of wireless IIoT to the oil and gas industry, FreeWave's fast, flexible and easy-to-deploy solutions streamline connectivity over long distances to also create significant operational efficiencies for government, defense and UAV/Drone contractors, agriculture equipment manufacturers, energy and smart grid networks, municipalities and more. With 20-plus years of experience in the M2M market and millions of radios deployed in the field, customers repeatedly turn to FreeWave to maximize their value in connecting M2M devices to optimize real-time decision making.
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