B+B SmartWorx® Wzzard™ Intelligent Sensing Platform

The Wzzard™ Intelligent Sensing Platform

Advantech B+B Smartworx developed the Wzzard Intelligent Wireless Sensor Platform to facilitate the Internet of things (IoT) world of connected intelligence, where machines and systems will collaborate, inform and make decisions based upon sensors data. These smart networks will have the ability to run efficiently and autonomously, sometimes for years, with little human intervention other than needed maintenance. Advantech B+B SmartWorx Wzzard anticipates this coming connected world.

Wzzard is an easy to use, complete wireless sensor connectivity platform for the rapid deployment of scalable, intelligent, reliable IoT networking in remote and demanding environments. Wzzard was designed to help integrators, VARs and service providers efficiently develop and deploy secure, smart, self-powered, and scalable IoT applications.

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Why Is Wzzard Exciting?

  • Allows WSNs to scale to hundreds of of nodes which was previously cost-prohibitive.
  • Promotes connectivity from the edge (sensor) through to a gateway and then up to the application.
  • Intelligent data collection, processing and transmission enables migration beyond today’s descriptive analytics, which can only reactively describe what happened and why, towards predictive and prescriptive analytics that can derive meaning from intelligent data and proactively prescribe actions to increase efficiency and reduce unplanned downtime.
  • Allows monitoring in remote and demanding locations at a much more reasonable price point per node than forerunner wireless technologies such as WirelessHART, WiFi, and Proprietary RF.
  • More knowledge at the network edge allows remote nodes to make intelligent decisions without having to involve upstream resources, resulting in a more efficient, reliable network and cost savings.
  • Advanced power-saving features and low power consumption caters to today’s and tomorrow’s smart networks deployed across difficult to reach and often power-less locations, so they may run efficiently and autonomously.

Wzzard Platform Technologies

The Wzzard platform’s technologies, protocols and hardware work together to reduce the expertise and time it takes for integrators to develop scalable IoT connectivity solutions. They include:

  • Wzzard Intelligent Edge Nodes, which connect to industry-standard sensors.
  • SmartMesh IP wireless sensing technology which enables auto-forming, self-healing, self-sustaining networks that are also highly scalable.
  • MQTT – a simple messaging transport protocol for M2M/IoT applications over wireless networks.
  • Spectre Network Gateway which serves as the gateway, connecting equipment and devices to the Internet or Intranet over either wired Ethernet or wireless cellular connections.

Wzzard Applications

The Wzzard Platform provided the ability to gain access to sensor data in many different applications and Internet of Things solutions. The Wzzard system is a market-horizontal platform that enables vertical solutions with addition of specific sensor types. The platform can be customized to support many different industrial remote monitoring applications including:

  • Energy Consumption
  • Condition Based Monitoring
  • Water Level, including irrigation systems, tank level, and flood control
  • Structural Systems Monitoring
  • Perimeter Access Control
  • Agricultural, including silo monitoring
  • Smart Parking Systems
  • Temperature and Environmental Monitoring

Success Stories

Concrete Monitoring for Increased Productivity

During the curing process, the Wzzard platform created a complete connectivity stack between the embedded sensors out at the construction site and the monitoring application on the builder’s network.

Smart IoT Technology for Building Monitoring

A “Smart Building” integrates major building systems onto a common network and shares information and functionality between systems in order to improve building operations.

Condition Based Monitoring for Industrial Systems

The aggregate producer wanted a Condition Based Monitoring (CBM) system that could monitor the motors in real time, apply data analytics to detect changes in motor behavior before they developed into major problems, and alert maintenance staff via email or text, anywhere they happened to be.

Machine Condition Monitoring for a Distribution Center

The Challenge A distribution center used a conveyor belt systems to transport a wide variety of products to appropriate locations....

One Solution for 49 Flavors

The Challenge Modern creameries produce a multitude of different ice cream flavors, with all kind of ingredients. Keeping everything at...

Fishing for Real Time Data

The Challenge When tourists visit an aquarium to admire the fish, the dolphins, the penguins and the coral reefs, they...

Railways on the Internet of Things

The Challenge There are nearly 1.5 million railroad cars in the United States alone, and railroad companies would prefer to...

Smart IoT Technologies for Adaptive Traffic Management Using a Wireless Mesh Sensor Network

The traffic experts at INRIX report that British drivers spend 30 hours per year in traffic jams. For German drivers...

Smart IoT Technology for Data Center Temperature Monitoring

Energy Star reports that turning up the temperature in a data center by just one degree can cut energy costs...

Simple IoT Technology for Interactive Digital Signage

In Chicago, Ill, some of the railroad viaducts are more than a century old. Yet they’re miraculously able to withstand...

Low Power Wireless Networks for Smart Irrigation Systems

It’s estimated that as much as 50 percent of irrigation water is wasted due to evaporation or runoff. This happens...

Low Power Networks for Smart Parking Systems

Parking systems can run up a lot of unnecessary expenses. Illumination should only be provided in areas where humans are...

Smart IoT Technology for Flood and Water Level Monitoring

Flooding and excessive rainfall can wreak havoc with indispensable assets and infrastructure. Water treatment plants, for example, are typically near...

Smart IoT Technology for Machine Condition Monitoring

Monitoring the condensate conductivity on a boiler can indicate the presence of a cooling water leak long before hydrogen embrittlement...

Smart IoT Technology for Energy Audits

Electricity is one of the easiest resources to waste. It is typically metered at such a high level that it’s...

White Papers

Wzzard Security Platform

The Spectre Network Gateway places the SmartMesh IP network behind a firewall. If connecting via the cellular data networks, the Spectre Network Gateway lets users use VPN tunneling, which makes the cellular systems as secure as proprietary infrastructure.

Sensor Networking Cost Model

Are the high costs of deploying cabling in your industrial environment preventing you from deploying a remote sensor monitoring solution?

The Basics of MQTT

Message Queue Telemetry Transport (MQTT), is an open, lightweight publish/subscribe messaging protocol that was developed specifically for small, constrained devices...

SmartMesh IP

Robust Wireless Mesh Communication

B+B chose SmartMesh IP® wireless sensing technology from Linear Technologies Dust Networks. SmartMesh IP is based upon the wireless IEEE 802.15.4e standard and creates full-mesh networks, sometimes referred to as “mesh-to-the-edge” networks. SmartMesh IP networks use a triple-play of wireless mesh technologies—time diversity, frequency diversity, and physical diversity—to assure reliability, resiliency, scalability, power source flexibility, and ease-of-use. Wzzard’s nodes attach automatically, and the SmartMesh IP technology dynamically self-configures to re-form the mesh network. To ensure data always reaches the gateway, nodes will determine their optimal RF paths to other nodes and back to the gateway providing up to five 9’s 99.999% data transmission reliability.

SmartMesh IP

IoT Protocol


Wzzard uses the lightweight, publish/subscribe messaging transport MQTT protocol for sensor communications. MQTT is an extremely simple messaging protocol created for M2M and IoT applications over wireless networks. Because of its efficient distribution of information to single or multiple receivers, it is ideal for wireless connection to remote locations. Another benefit is low power usage, making it ideal to provide long life on batter power. MQTT is now supported by most platform system providers making integration with the Wzzard system quick and simple.

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