Company to watchTrace Systems eyes growing wireless sensor network market

Published 12 December 2006

The wireless sensor network market is growing by leaps and bounds, and this Virginia-based company wants to be a major player in it

We have reported on the growing wireless sensor market — or, more precisely, markets, as wireless sensors begin to permeate more and more segments of the market. Here are several examples of what wireless sensors can do for you: You can place them around the house or factory and program them to sense heat, humidity, light, and more, and then turn switches on and off accordingly; you can put them in ears of cattle so that as cattle move from ranch to ranch and from one facility to another, they get registered easily in a centralized database: If there is an outbreak of, say mad cow disease, it takes very little time to identify all the other cows which were in the same location as the diseased individual cow, and take care of the situation; you can place sensors on the clothing of an infirm person so that if he or she falls at home, medical emergency crews are notified immediately and automatically; you can embed them in the clothing of first responders or soldiers, so if they get buried under the ruins of a collapsed building, they can be located and rescued. There are many, many more applications.

McLean, Virginia-based Trace Systems wants to be a big player in this emerging wireless sensor market — a market in which it is already active by providing government agencies with solutions which help in security, tracking, monitoring, geo-fencing, and mobile tactical communication applications. Yesterday the company said it would build on its product line to deliver enhanced, integrated wireless sensor network solutions and services to the U.S. federal government.

Otto Hoernig III, president and CEO of Trace Systems, defines well what wireless sensor networks do when he says that such systems provide total visibility to the edge, connecting the remote physical world, that is, the spot where the sensor is located, to the information enterprise, that is, to the digital centralized information center where information is collected, processed, and analyzed.

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