Data Acquisition & Telemetry

Multihop radio with built-in I/O connects directly to sensors and probes

Technews Industry Guide - Wireless 2013 Data Acquisition & Telemetry Industrial Wireless

A new radio from Banner Engineering combines wireless transceiver, power supply and I/O circuits in a single compact housing. The DX80DR multiHop radio connects sensors directly to the network, eliminating the need for data-loggers, power supplies, PLCs or HMIs at the sensor location.

The enhanced radios expand the capability of Banner’s SureCross wireless solutions in numerous industries including oil & gas, composting, grain handling, water monitoring, aquaculture, irrigation, parking, flood warning and facilities monitoring.

The increased capability of the radio allows real-time access to information that was previously logged at sensor sites for later download. I/O terminals are provided for thermocouples, digital and analogue input and output, battery-operated irrigation valve operation, soil and water sensors. RS-485 Modbus RTU connection is built in.

The MultiHop system automatically repeats wireless messages as needed to extend distance capability to 20 km or more and allow signals to pass over hills or other obstacles. Radios can be powered by 10-30 VDC, battery or solar power supply, allowing wireless repeaters to be placed where no power is available.

For more information contact Rodney Topham, RET Automation, +27 (0)11 453 2468,,


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