FreeWave Technologies

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FreeWave Technologies, Inc.
Type Private
Industry wireless, RF Communications, M2M
Founded 1993
Headquarters 5395 Pearl Parkway, Suite 100, Boulder, CO 80301
Key people Steve Wulchin (CEO, co-founder)
Products Wireless M2M networking and communication solutions
Revenue Undisclosed
Employees Undisclosed
Website www.FreeWave.com

FreeWave Technologies, Inc. is based in Boulder, Colorado where the company pioneers the next generation of industrial-grade, secure M2M wireless networking and communications solutions. These proven solutions are deployed across commercial industries by leading oil and gas producers, government and defense contractors, agriculture equipment manufacturers, utility operators in both electric power and water/wastewater, and more. For more than 20 years, industry leaders have depended on FreeWave to wirelessly communicate critical information across networks faster, more reliably and securely, than any other company in its marketplace without fail.

History[edit]

FreeWave Technologies was founded in August 1993 by Jonathan Sawyer and Steve Wulchin. From the beginning, Sawyer and Wulchin aimed to help customers transmit mission critical data via secure, highly reliable licensed and license-free spread spectrum radios. FreeWave has manufactured all of its radios in Boulder, Colorado since the first radio was shipped in 1994. In June 2007, TA Associates led a $113 million investment in FreeWave Technologies. Its largest markets are oil & gas and government & defense (military). In June 2007, TA Associates led a $113 million investment in FreeWave Technologies. FreeWave also began to increase its focus on the utilities markets in 2009 – 2010 with its M2M technology and has continued to increase its presence in the electric power and water/wastewater industries. Today, FreeWave Technologies has more than 800,000 industrial radios and embedded modules in the field.

Accomplishments[edit]

In October 2008, FreeWave ranked 26th on Deloitte's Wireless Fast 50 with revenue growth of 112%. FreeWave has been selected for Colorado's Fast 50 for ten consecutive years.

In June 2007 TA Associates, a private equity firm, invested $113 million into FreeWave thus allowing the company to accelerate product development and enhance marketing efforts. A significant portion ($9 million) was given to the employees.

The National Science Foundation's Wireless Field Test Project found the DGR Series the best radios for establishing wireless links to and from data loggers in the field.

In August 2011, FreeWave Technologies announced that its wireless communication technology for government and defense radios had surpassed one million flight hours in the field since the company shipped its first government and defense radio in 1997.

In October 2011, FreeWave’s GXM radio was named a finalist for Plant Engineering’s Product of the Year Award.

In November 2011, FreeWave Technologies’ FGR2-PE radio was awarded the Smart Grid Excellence Award [1]. FreeWave’s I/O Expansion module also was named a finalist for Control Engineering Magazine's Engineer’s Choice Award.[2]

In June 2012, FreeWave Technologies' FGR2-PE radio was awarded the American Technology Award for in the Best Smart Grid and Smart Instruments Category [3]. FreeWave's I/O Expansion Module was also awarded the Smart Grid 2011 Product of the Year Award [4].

In September 2012, FreeWave Technologies' IO Expansion Module was selected as a finalist for the Best Production Technology for the 2012 World Oil Awards [5].

In October 2012, FreeWave Technologies' MM2 Wireless Data Radio was selected as a winner for the 2011 M2M Evolution Product of the Year Award from TMC and Crossfire Media [6].

In November 2012, FreeWave Technologies' IO Expansion Module is named a finalist for Plant Engineering's Product of the Year Award in the Automation & Control Category [7].

In November 2012, FreeWave Technologies' Spartan Series solution is named a finalist for Government Security News' 2012 Homeland Security Awards [8].

In December 2012, FreeWave Technologies' GXM wireless data radio is named a finalist for Control Engineering's 2013 Engineer's Choice Awards [9].

In April 2013, FreeWave Technologies' Cellular Bridge solution is named a winner for TMCNet's 2012 Smart Grid Product of the Year Award [10].

In July 2013, FreeWave Technologies' GXM 2.4GHz Global Transceiver Module is named a winner for M2M Evolution's 2012 M2M Product of the Year Award [11]

In September 2013, FreeWave Technologies received the ISO 9001:2008 Certification for its implemented Quality Management System [12]

In October 2013, FreeWave Technologies' Spartan Series solution is named the Bronze winner of the Golden Bridge Award's Made in the U.S.A. category [13]

In December 2013, FreeWave Technologies' Spartan Series solution is named a finalist for Government Security News' 2013 Homeland Security Awards [14].

Uses[edit]

FreeWave radios are used across many industries including oil and gas, military, precision agriculture, golf, water/wastewater and more. For instance, FreeWave radios are used by energy companies to maximize production and reduce operating costs, for mission critical applications within the military, and for environmental monitoring to provide warning of impending natural disasters such as volcanoes.

LTER uses FreeWave at several sites such as Trout Lake, Alaska, Luquillo, and Niwot Ridge. Denver University uses the radios to beam images from their mountain-top observatory. NCAR’s Marshall Test Site uses FreeWave in a complex weather measurement system. Denver International Airport uses the radios in a 30 mile weather link to that Marshall Test Site. BMW Oracle Racing uses FreeWave radios in the America's Cup. The National Geographic Society sponsored two expeditions to the top of Mount Everest in which FreeWave was used as a life-line to remotely communicate the vital signs of the climbers to their base camp.

Products[edit]

Supported Interfaces: RS232/RS422/RS485/TTL.

FreeWave Technologies provides reliable, robust and high quality wireless solutions. Its frequency hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) radios offer solutions for a wide variety of applications in industries, such as electric power, oil and gas, water/wastewater and more.

WavePoint[edit]

The WavePoint platform is a versatile high speed wireless networking platform that securely communicates industrial data over long distances to enable M2M, broadband and SCADA applications. WavePoint is designed to meet the specific challenges of integrating difficult-to-reach field locations by providing powerful wireless IP routing capabilities combined with the choice of frequencies and network deployment capabilities to suit any application scenario.

Serial radios[edit]

FreeWave serial radios support users in locations across the world ranging from the Middle East to Mount Everest, Permian Basin[disambiguation needed] to the Amazon Rainforest, and from Antarctica to New York.

  • FGR2
  • FGR-115
  • FGR09
  • FGRSR
  • MM2
  • Ranger Series
  • 869 Series (for Europe only)
  • Cellular bridge

I/O radios[edit]

FreeWave’s wireless I/O is the basis for remote process automation, process optimization and condition-based monitoring. Wireless I/O combines remote measurement, remote control and instant data communications with very reliable wireless networks. By integrating Wireless I/O into small field networks, medium plant operations and large SCADA systems, users have wireless sensor measurements, physical control and communications between remote controllers from a single device.

  • FGR-IO
  • I2-IO
  • IO Expansion
  • WaveLine 10i

Ethernet radios[edit]

FreeWave’s wireless Ethernet solutions are designed for harsh environments.

  • FGR2-PE
  • FGR2-P
  • HTplus
  • MM2 Ethernet

Embedded radios[edit]

These FreeWave radios are a reliable solution for embedding within original equipment manufacturer (OEM) products.

  • MM2
  • MM2 Ethernet

Cathodic protection radios[edit]

FreeWave offers the needed hardware and integrated solutions for the cathodic protection markets. Its cathodic protection remote monitoring solutions offer form factor flexibility in: board level, line marker, self-contained rectifier kit with solar panel and battery backup, a battery-operated waterproof unit, and the newest product "The Tower Replacement" module.

  • Battery-powered waterproof unit
  • Board level CP
  • Line marker
  • Rectifier monitoring enit
  • Tower replacement module

Traffic[edit]

These FreeWave radios are designed for traffic control applications.

  • T-9
  • T-24

Licensed radios (1.4 GHz and 400 MHz)[edit]

FreeWave Technologies licensed band radios have applications wherever licensed radios are preferred ranging from oil and gas to municipalities and beyond. Serial

  • LRS 140
  • LRS 455

Government and defense[edit]

FreeWave Technologies’ military and ISM band radios are designed for a high level of performance and security standards in rigorous conditions known to the government and defense industries.

Embedded radios:

  • L-Band (MM2-M13 and P Series)
  • MM2 EX
  • MM2-UHF
  • MM2-9X5W
  • Q Series
  • 3400 series (3.4 GHz)
  • F Series
  • F Series – Narrow band
  • Spartan Series

Software[edit]

FreeWave Tool Suite is a free program and provides a simplified way to set up and manage networks. The software is secure and user-friendly, allowing users to control multiple frequencies and networks within a single system. Storage is centralized, so users have access to diagnostic data, reports and more.

  • FreeWave Tool Suite

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Amplifiers
  • Antennas
  • Cables
  • Filters
  • Kits
  • Mounting Systems

Legacy Products[edit]

  • DGR

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

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