Saturday, September 4, 2010

Arrayent, Inc. Releases the First Tool Kit to Enable Two-Way Communication Between Embedded Wi-Fi® Designs and Web Applications Hosted on the Internet

Cool~! Embedded WiFi gaining momentum!

Arrayent’s Internet-Connect Tool Kit™ Enables Embedded System Designers to Connect Their Embedded Wi-Fi Products to Internet-based Web Applications and Browsers at Low System Cost

Arrayent, Inc., who sells an end-to-end communication system that enables product companies to connect their products to Internet services at low cost and high reliability, announced today the availability of its Internet-Connect Tool Kit™ for Embedded Wi-Fi® applications. The Arrayent Tool Kit enables embedded system designers using Microchip Technology Inc.’s Wi-Fi modules to connect their Wi-Fi enabled products to web applications hosted in the “Internet cloud.”

“Microchip has architected our agency-certified Wi-Fi modules to enable the Internet connection of embedded microcontrollers to a Wi-Fi local area network,” said Tyler Smith, Microchip RF Products Division Marketing Manager. “Arrayent’s Internet-Connect Service complements our embedded Wi-Fi technology by enabling Wi-Fi connectivity and communication with Internet-connected devices outside the LAN.”

More: Businesswire

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Arch Rock


Acquisition Complements Collaboration Between Cisco and Itron to Enable True IP-Standards-Based Smart-Metering Communications



SAN JOSE, Calif. - Sept. 2, 2010 - Cisco today announced its intent to acquire privately held Arch Rock Corporation, a pioneer in Internet Protocol-based wireless network technology for smart-grid applications. Based in San Francisco, Arch Rock will accelerate Cisco's ability to facilitate the utility industry's transition to an open and interoperable smart grid by enabling Cisco to offer a comprehensive and highly secure advanced metering infrastructure solution that is fully IP and open-standards based.
"Arch Rock's wireless mesh technology enhances Cisco's IP-based, end-to-end smart-grid offerings," said Laura Ipsen, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Smart Grid business unit.  "This acquisition further positions Cisco as a strategic partner to utilities working to better manage power supply and demand, improve the security and reliability of energy delivery, and optimize operational costs."
Arch Rock's technology is designed to enable utilities to connect smart meters and other distributed intelligent devices over a scalable, highly secure, multi-way wireless mesh network.  The acquisition complements the recently announcedstrategic alliance  between Itron and Cisco to develop solutions that enhance smart-metering technology. 
Arch Rock brings to Cisco a proven team that has been a leader in the research and development of wireless networking for smart-grid applications. Upon the close of the acquisition, the Arch Rock team will become part of Cisco's industry-leading Smart Grid business unit. Financial terms of the transaction are undisclosed. The acquisition is subject to various standard closing conditions and is expected to be complete in the second half of calendar year 2010.
Source: CISCO
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