A new family of "plug-and-play" wireless products called AirborneDirect is designed to provide local-area network (LAN) and Internet connectivity to industrial OEM applications. The first product in the family is called AirborneDirect Serial.
AirborneDirect Serial enables plug-and-play wireless LAN connectivity with devices that have an existing RS-232, RS-422, or RS-485 serial interface. An example would be a patient bedside monitor, where AirborneDirect Serial can create a wireless connection between the bedside monitor and the nursing station by simply plugging it into the existing serial port on the patient monitor. Several patients can be monitored from a nursing station or other central location, and physicians can monitor patients remotely from any PC, PDA, or cell phone that has Internet access.
Each AirborneDirect product is a fully integrated 802.11b wireless LAN bridge designed specifically to provide wireless LAN and Internet connectivity to instrumentation, industrial, and process controls, automotive, and medical applications. Products in the family use the Airborne 802.11b Wireless LAN Node Module as an engine so there is no need for an OEM to have RF or communications expertise. AirborneDirect Serial also allows alert messages to go from the system or equipment via the Internet to devices such as cell phones, pagers, or PDAs, advising technicians of system conditions or routine maintenance requirements.