Discover Benelux, Issue 29, May 2016

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Discover Benelux | Special Theme | Innovation and Knowledge in the Netherlands

Wireless sensing, logging and control – anywhere TEXT : BERTHE VAN DEN HURK | PHOTO: SENSE ANYWHERE

The rapid growth in technologies can make the possibilities seem endless. But with those possibilities come great responsibilities. For example, with the transportation and storage of medicines or food, temperature, humidity and motion have to be measured and recorded. SenseAnywhere combines experience and the latest technology in the AiroSensor, a wireless ultra-low-power data logger that collects accurate temperature, humidity and motion data at predefined intervals and sends it to a central database in the cloud. Kim Heijnen, SenseAnywhere’s manager of marketing and operations, explains: “The AiroSensor is a robust instrument that helps

ensure the quality and safety of products that need to be stored under certain conditions. All monitored data is sent to an AccessPoint, which communicates automatically with the cloud. As a result, there is no paperwork to be filled out, which saves a lot of time and decreases the risks of human error.” During transport, when there is no access to the internet, the AiroSensor works as a logger, still measuring all designated elements. The device can store up to 15,000 events and has seamless roaming. “The data logger is able to connect with the internet fully on its own,” says Heijnen. “As soon as it detects an AccessPoint it initiates contact autonomously, so you don’t have to do anything. It immediately starts to transmit all stored in-

formation and is able to communicate with AccessPoints from up to 600 metres away.” It is also possible to get an alarm via email or text message when something is out of the ordinary. The AiroSensor is a great solution for both static and distribution purposes. Its built-in battery lasts up to ten years. Monitoring your valuable goods has never been easier or more sustainable.

Constructions made stable, strong and future proof TEXT: ELLA PUT | PHOTO: WYLI

A thick and large eccentric washer called the Wyli is the adjusting ring of the future. Why? The innovate technical product will make sure all slack wind bracings at building constructions become tightened up and more stable. Also, the Wyli is much cheaper and more effective than other adjusting solutions. “It’s a really easy solution for a very difficult problem,” says creator of the Wyli and owner of Wyli Tension Disc, Erik Gerssen. Having worked with the construction of industrial buildings for many years, Gerssen noticed that it was not always easy to find a simple and fast solution to tightening up wind bracings in, for example, factory halls. “There were well-known products such as turnbuckles and 18 | Issue 29 | May 2016

tension rods that would do the job of tightening up wind bracings. But turnbuckles are not very strong and tension rods are known to be very expensive.” Therefore, Gerssen created the solution himself: the Wyli, named as a tribute to his wife, Willie. “It’s a thick and large adjusting ring that can easily tighten up wind bracings up until eight millimetres and that isn’t expensive at all,” Gerssen explains. The Wyli is the construction product of the future, and that fact has not gone unnoticed by the public. In 2014 the Wyli came in third in the steel product of the year rankings. “According to the jury, the Wyli had proved to be a product that made assembling at construction sites child’s play.” The simple yet inventive and patented idea will make sure that any construction is stable, strong and ready for the future.