Coronis Systems, a provider of ultra-low power wireless technologies and based in France, has opened a new office in Chicago, IL, to directly serve its American markets. Under the direction of former AT RAMAR executive John Rouse, the Chicago branch will focus on promoting the company's Wavenis wireless technology for sensor networks, utility metering, and home and industrial automation.

Wavenis is increasingly viewed by manufacturers and system integrators as a field-proven alternative to Bluetooth and ZigBee protocols, adapted specifically to the needs of long life battery-powered devices. Coronis partners have installed close to 400,000 Wavenis-based devices, and another 500,000 units will ship before the end of the year. In wireless mesh networks the devices typically offer 10-15 years of operation on a single set of AA batteries, with LOS range up to 1 km.

Wavenis technology is FCC approved. Coronis is an active member of the Bluetooth SIG's automation working group, focusing on adapting Bluetooth for wireless sensor applications.

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