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An integral function of the RAIDER system is to provide real-time data from portable chemical biological and radiological instruments to distant monitoring locations. As most of these instruments are portable, wireless transmission of sensor data from the instrument into a local distribution network is required.

A number of technologies are available to achieve this, including Bluetooth, WiFi, WiMax, Wireless USB, VHF and UHF radio and IEEE 802.13.4/Zigbee. Members of our technical staff have been instrumental in developing a WiFi solution for connecting several existing chemical, biological and radiological instruments into a wide area data network.

Recent technical advances have led us to the conclusion that Zigbee offers a better combination of range, low power consumption and reliability that makes it uniquely suited to wireless transmission of instrument data  into a local network. The Zigbee system uses a mesh network topology to produce a robust, simple to operate network for monitoring data from Emergency Response incidents.

Analogics, Inc. is working with instrument manufacturers to develop zigbee network interfaces for existing instruments and for incorporating this technology into their upcoming products.  In order to guarantee the safety of First Responders, it is essential that such interfaces meet environmental standards designated for hazardous environments such as an explosive gas-air mixture.



  • Mesh network (100’s of nodes)
  • Extendable range (indoor/outdoor)
  • Long Battery Life
  • Self starting (no setup)
  • Robust and dependable
  • Low cost
  • Multiple vendors


Compatible Instruments

How it works

All methods of radio transmission are prone to signal loss due to changing environment, obstacles, and Radio Frequency (RF) interference. Point-to-point radios permanently lose connectivity when unable  to transmit or receive radio signals to or from the designated base station radio.

Zigbee networks automatically recover from these conditions by routing their messages through any nearby radio that is within communications range. Also, a radio can multi-hop its messages through intermediate nodes in the mesh network to reach a distant connection.  This increases line-of-sight range while minimizing power consumption.

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