I recently learned of a new player in the Wireless Sensor Network space called Scatterweb. They provide nodes, gateways, and software development kits for applications such as:
- Supply Chain Management / Asset Tracking / Logistics
- Container Tracking and Security
- Automated Meter Reading (AMR) / Industry Automation
- Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- Facility Management
Their tools work with Zigbee and RFID. Shipping container security is a key application so RFID plays a key part in the application. As David Nagel told me, RFID tells you what it is, GPS tells you where it is, and wireless sensors tells you its condition.
They’ve integrated their tools into Microsoft Robotics Studio. They call their software Scatter Tools. Like most vendors, their software is a simple GUI handling network management functions. This software has a drag and drop interface which is a step above others, but there’s not much more there.
To get a flavor for how their products work, you can see a German TV news story here. Even if you don’t know Germany, you still get the idea of how their product works.