WavePoint platform

WavePoint platform enables remote M2M networks

FreeWave Technologies Inc. unveiled a secure platform it says will help government agencies and energy utilities set up networks for making wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) data connections over long distances.

The company, which has 20 years’ experience developing technology for moving data securely using “data radios,” said its WavePoint platform would enable agencies to set up networks, including high-speed, secure M2M, broadband and  SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems for monitoring and control systems.

FreeWave’s networking systems are used in the public sector, from traffic control applications to military band radios. The University of Denver uses the company’s data radios to transmit images from its mountain-top observatory, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research uses the technology for its weather measurement systems.

The platform fits any application scenario and “any network infrastructure, the company said, across a range of frequencies.

Freewave chief management officer Ashish Sharma said the WavePoint platform was designed to help set up a variety of networking features. The platform is “able to meet the broad range of networking and communications needs of today's expanding enterprise,” he said.

That also includes high-speed backbones, Wi-Fi hotspot access, mobile mesh networking as well as wireless access to back office systems and the integration of new equipment into existing infrastructures, simplifying overall networking integration and deployments.

On the data security front, the platform uses security protocols based on Advanced Encryption Standards. Those features have become increasingly critical as utilities and other industrial systems on the nation’s energy grid are tied together over M2M networks. 

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