High-power radios, high-density I/O for industrial sensor networks

Banner Engineering’s new line of wireless I/O gateways and nodes features increased range between makes industrial wireless solutions available to remote areas, with up to 6 miles between devices.


Banner Engineering Corp.  introduced a new line of SureCross Performance Wireless I/O Gateways and Nodes, featuring high-power radio frequency (RF) architecture with 1-Watt transmit power in the 900 MHz ISM band. The architecture increases the range between devices (up to six miles), delivering a reliable industrial wireless solution in all environments, including remote or difficult-to-access areas, the company said.

The SureCross Performance family delivers the same power management, deterministic network and integrated Site Survey features originally designed for the SureCross product line, while offering additional model enhancements. New models within this product family include universal analog inputs, providing users with increased input selection options in a single device. Operators have the ability to select either 4 to 20 mA or 0 to 10V inputs in the field. Additional Node and Gateway models provide up to 12 discrete inputs or outputs. The SureCross Performance family also includes new temperature Node options, offering up to four factory-calibrated temperature inputs for thermocouples or RTD inputs.

With Banner’s unique FlexPower technology, the SureCross Performance radio and external 3rd party sensors can be powered by solar panels, battery modules or 10-30 V dc., therefore, solutions are not limited by locations with wired power.

SureCross Performance features are intended to simplify the specification and installation process for operators, offering flexible mounting and power options. Taking simplicity one step further, some of the new models offer an enhanced “E” housing style to provide an integrated battery and wiring terminal in one unit. The Performance devices can also be configured to operate with Banner’s existing product line of 150 mW radios, enhancing the I/O capacity of any SureCross Wireless Network.

Banner’s SureCross Performance Wireless I/O devices are designed to deliver reliable, high-performance wireless sensing in remote locations. With the increased range provided by 1-Watt radios and the bidirectional communication architecture inherent with all SureCross products, Banner’s new models are ideal for many long-range control and monitoring applications, including the following:

  • Reporting machine status in a large manufacturing facility
  • Monitoring landfill ground well levels and controlling pumps
  • Remote monitoring of towers or tank farms across multiple locations
  • Controlling equipment over long distances without installing high gain antennas
  • Enabling indoor applications without line of sight between radios
  • Minimizing installation time using the “E” housing, with integrated battery-power supply


Banner Engineering Corp.

Also see www.controleng.com/wireless

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