Article | December 2, 2013

To Wire Or Not To Wire – Which Monitoring Communication System Should You Consider?

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By Jon Aldous, Product Manager, Vaisala Life Science Division

There are many reasons why wireless sensor communications seem to be the complete panacea for a wide area monitoring system. So why hasn’t wireless monitoring completely replaced the traditional wired sensor? From the impracticality of running hundreds of feet of cable throughout a warehouse, equipment continually being moved around a facility, to the physicalities of a cleanroom not allowing cable penetrations — wireless monitoring has progressed leaps and bounds within the last five years. So why hasn’t wireless monitoring completely replaced the traditional wired sensor? In truth, there are times that wired systems are better, but for most scenarios, a hybrid system of wired and wireless is the ideal solution.

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