New company to make wireless sensor networks

Dec. 10, 2002 — A new Massachusetts-based firm said it plans to develop and sell low-power, battery-operable wireless sensor network systems for commercial, industrial, agricultural and security industries.

Sensicast Systems Inc. launched Tuesday with $3 million in initial funding from Ardesta LLC, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based parent company of Small Times Media. Potential applications for its MEMS-based products, which are expected to be ready for market next year, include industrial monitoring and environmental sensing.

Leading Sensicast are Paul Sereiko, president; Peter Stein, vice president of business development; and Jay Werb, vice president of technology and engineering. They were the management team at PinPoint Corp., an early supplier of wireless real-time location systems that were used to locate and manage assets in hospitals, factories and offices.

Company officials predict wireless sensor networks will drive explosive growth in the wireless industry. Performance improvements and cost reductions offered by MEMS sensors and other advanced technology will lead to fully autonomous computing and communications devices that are smaller than a matchbox, according to a news release.


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