SpiderMesh Wireless Network
SpiderMesh is a cooperative wireless mesh network technology. It’s the first LPWAN mesh.
Designed with scalability in mind, it is the only wireless mesh network on the market that tackles both wide area and low power on a large scale, without sacrificing reliability and simplicity. It tackles the difficult task of connecting millions of devices on the same network, seamlessly.
The Challenges of Wireless Mesh
The same challenges apply to wireless mesh communication. Standard mesh establish a set of rules to synchronize data transfer to the packet level (as did the old-fashioned road network with red lights). Unfortunately, these set of rules are not enough and as traffic increases with the network size, so do packet collisions (the accidents).
Messages are then being held up which result in increasing delays before they reach their destination. This is called network contention*. However, unlike the car example, broadcast messages cannot wait in the system. When a collision happens, the messages are dropped and the messenger has to repeat the message over and over again until it gets through, wasting energy in the process.
In recent years, a few more advanced mesh technologies have attempted to alleviate congestion with better traffic management. By geolocating nodes (such as the smartphone use in our previous example), knowledge of the status of the network allow those mesh to route messages through an optimized path in an effort to reduce the overall traffic as the network size grows. This added structure is an attempt to minimize both contention and power use. However, it’s still not enough, as we’ve seen in the car example. And this will increase hardware cost and can make the system a lot more complex. For example, in order to store all these extra routes, this will take up more memory on the chip, which leads to higher hardware costs. All in all, there is a lot more planning needed before deployment, it isn’t an easy set up. You have to plan ahead to see where the single point of failures are, or if there are enough redundancies.
SpiderMesh is the Next-Gen Wireless Mesh
We’re happy to say that SpiderMesh Technology has bypassed these issues. By synchronizing data to the bit level (rather than the packet level), the traffic behavior is akin to our futuristic autonomous smart cars example. The cars are all going the same speed, in an organized fashion, they are all synchronized. We prevent packet collisions from happening and in turn, are able to get a continuous and predictable data flow. As highlighted earlier in the car example, this means:
We prevent packet collisions from happening
We can fit in more data on the same large network (higher throughput)
We don’t need any knowledge of the network (no on-board storage for complex routing tables, lower chipset cost)
We can predict the exact time to destination (deterministic latency)
We can predict how much energy is needed to send a message through the network (deterministic power consumption)
As technology continues to play a more active role in our day to day lives, it was important for us to solve these key issues with current wireless mesh technology in order to keep up with the IoT.
Unleashing IoT’s Endless Possibilities
SpiderMesh can cater to so many applications because it’s flexible, adaptable, scalable, and deterministic.
The “Internet of things” (IoT) is becoming increasingly intertwined in our everyday life. It not only impacts how we live but also how we work. Wireless is the foundation of IoT, and we are key players in the connectivity of IoT over low power wide area networks (LPWANs).
Spidermesh is the first completely deterministic wireless mesh technology.
This means that you can predict exactly the amount of energy needed to transmit data and you know exactly when you will receive this data, no matter the scale and density of your connected devices.
Wondering if SpiderMesh fits your application?