Soflinx defender provides most advanced form of sensor-based perimeter security for commercial, industrial and government venues

Sensor Review

ISSN: 0260-2288

Article publication date: 1 June 2004

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(2004), "Soflinx defender provides most advanced form of sensor-based perimeter security for commercial, industrial and government venues", Sensor Review, Vol. 24 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/sr.2004.08724baf.008

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Soflinx defender provides most advanced form of sensor-based perimeter security for commercial, industrial and government venues

Soflinx defender provides most advanced form of sensor-based perimeter security for commercial, industrial and government venues

Keywords: Radio, Sensors, Wireless

Sophisticated wireless security system detects hazardous explosive, nuclear, radiological and chemical warfare agents.

Soflinx Corporation, a leading provider of sophisticated wireless sensor network software, has announced the availability of Soflinx Defender, a powerful wireless monitoring and control system that provides perimeter security for commercial, industrial, and government locations. Although publicly available for the first time, Soflinx Defender is currently employed by the US Government for the detection of hazardous explosive, nuclear, radiological and chemical warfare agents.

Capable of integrating thousands of wireless nodes through Soflinx' proprietary Datalinx technology, Defender is an intelligent wireless sensor network that can instantly respond to data with automated corrective actions. The system is designed to provide early detection of potential threats and to facilitate rapid responses, ensuring the safety of high profile structures, as well as the people in them.

“In today's society, the urgency to protect the nation's important buildings and campuses cannot be overstated,” said Neil Senturia, CEO of Soflinx. “Our institutional structures are at risk to terrorism involving use of hazardous explosives as well as nuclear, radiological and chemical warfare agents. By using advancements in communications technologies, as well as proprietary technologies that we have developed, Soflinx has created a unique solution that offers an increased level of protection for any industrial, commercial, or government location.”

The difference between Defender and other conventional sensor networks lies in the use of sophisticated, self-organizing, wireless technologies and Soflinx' proprietary software platform, Datalinx. Datalinx is an intelligent, modular and scalable management system for wireless sensor networks that creates an intelligent, extensible network from an unlimited number and type of sensors. Datalinx creates a “smart” network by implementing procedures defined specifically for each application and managing the role of each network component. In addition, Datalinx facilitates two-way communications between network components. This enables a “smart” network in which components can talk to one another and self-adapt to changing environmental and operating conditions. If one sensor goes down, or if new network elements are added, the system adjusts itself accordingly without going off-line or requiring extensive human intervention.

Datalinx also provides a more adaptable and scalable network architecture than a traditional hardware-driven solution. Soflinx networks are able to accommodate many thousands of sensors, a key requirement for the majority of industrial and commercial applications. The modular software also allows for easy integration of additional network components and is ideally suited to mobile applications.

“Through our new Datalinxe technology, tens, hundreds, even thousands of embedded peer-to-peer devices collaborate, within the LAN or across the WAN, to deliver self- configuring, adaptive applications.” said Karyn Haaland, CTO and Co-founder of Soflinx. “Soflinx Defender is our first product incarnation of the modular Datalinx technology. It provides superior technical performance “out-of-the-box”, while allowing customers also to embed their own existing business logic and sensors without modifying the underlying wireless, network and software infrastructure.”

Key benefits of Soflinx Defender

  • Improved response times. Soflinx Defender significantly reduces response time to sensory data by creating “smart” network components that are capable of filtering large volumes of data and initiating automated real time responses.

  • Improved flexibility. Soflinx Defender allows specific security applications to be embedded within the network components and provides a modular platform for easy updates and changes to network functionality.

  • Adaptability. Soflinx Defender enables the network to be self-adaptive to changing environments and operating conditions. In addition, Defender provides a framework for easy integration of the existing or new sensors or network components.

  • Reduced cost of ownership. The use of wireless technology and the flexibility of a self- configuring software-based management platform reduces the overall cost of installing a sensor network, and provides a more cost-efficient migration path for network expansion.

  • Scalability. Soflinx Defender works on sensor networks of all shapes and sizes, and can simultaneously manage and control data from an almost unlimited number and type of sensors.

For more information on Soflinx and the company's products visit the Web site: www.soflinx.com