Bestech Australia offer the Smart Sensors network system from VIP Sensors. The Smart Sensors network system is a distributed sensor instrumentation system with synchronous/simultaneous sampling consisting of miniature smart digital sensors and transducer modules interconnected to a Network Interface Controller (NIC).
Test and monitoring systems are based on stand-alone instrumentation and require point-to-point analogue wiring, which can result in cabling and connectors, bulky instrumentation, susceptibility to EMI/RFI noise pick up and a compromised signal-to-noise ratio. For example, in aircraft testing and onboard monitoring, measurements including pressure, temperature, strain, flow and vibration are required. Many wires from each sensor carry small analogue signals and power to and from the signal conditioning and data acquisition instrumentation. For a number of sensors, this means an added weight and occupation of much space.
The Smart Sensors network system/distributed sensor instrumentation system is multi-drop sensor architecture with digital output sensors interconnected to an NIC through a common digital transducer bus. It requires minimum interconnecting cables, is easy to design and involves low installation and system costs.
The Smart Sensors network system/distributed sensor instrumentation system accepts different types of transducers, from traditional analogue types to the new smart sensors. These systems can handle a number of measurement channels and allow for expansion or reduction in the number of channels.
Base bus interface modules (IBIMs), such as the 6003 model provide signal conditioning and processing functions and network communication. These modules may be used as stand-alone modules or as module stacks, which provide a high channel count in a small volume. An easy-to-use application software is available, which allows the user to automatically discover the bus configuration, the type of smart sensors and IBIMs present on the bus. It configures the units on the bus, reads the current setups or acquires and displays sensor data.