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Battery-Operated LoRaWAN Sensors Offer Cost-Effective Alternative to Wired Devices

Sept. 19, 2023
At The Things Conference, Pepperl+Fuchs will present ultrasonic sensors from its WILSEN.sonic series, as well as prototypes from the recently developed WILSEN.valve and WILSEN.node series.

Check out our The Things Conference 2023 coverage.

Battery-operated wireless sensors with a LoRaWAN interface developed by Pepperl+Fuchs present a cost-effective alternative to wired solutions in many areas. At The Things Conference in Amsterdam, held from September 21-22, 2023, the Mannheim-based company will be showing current ultrasonic sensors from the WILSEN.sonic series, as well as prototypes from the newly developed WILSEN.valve and WILSEN.node series.

The rugged sensors feature IP66/67 degree of protection. Not only are they used in industrial environments, but they also increasingly find homes in small-scale, municipal enterprises plus environmental and water protection applications.

Sensors from the WILSEN.sonic series are suitable for remotely monitoring fill levels in containers, tanks, and silos, as well as water levels in lakes, rivers, and rainwater retention basins. With a resolution of 1 mm, three sensor types with measuring distances of up to 7 meters are available. Using the app, the sensor can be commissioned quickly and easily on-site via Bluetooth. Alternatively, the user can remotely query and parameterize the parameter values for the WILSEN sensors via a LoRaWAN downlink.

With WILSEN.valve, Pepperl+Fuchs is launching an innovative approach for remotely monitoring valve positions, e.g., in the chemical industry. The company said that in the future, it will be possible to perform a wide variety of status queries efficiently and cost-effectively with WILSEN.node.

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About the Author

Alix Paultre | Editor-at-Large, Microwaves & RF

Alix is Editor-at-Large for Microwaves & RF

An Army veteran, Alix Paultre was a signals intelligence soldier on the East/West German border in the early ‘80s, and eventually wound up helping launch and run a publication on consumer electronics for the U.S. military stationed in Europe. Alix first began in this industry in 1998 at Electronic Products magazine, and since then has worked for a variety of publications, most recently as Editor-in-Chief of Power Systems Design.

Alix currently lives in Wiesbaden, Germany.

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