Designing and developing from scratch a wireless sensor network specifically for mesh topology, while learning from the drawbacks of the existing technologies, seems like the most suitable approach for achieving the highest set of performance. Flooding is arguably the most appropriate technique to be considered for this purpose, as it addresses the most critical performance factors of wireless mesh networks, as well as the overall factors’ envelope. However, the flooding technique carries several grave drawbacks, which have until now precluded its use in this type of networks.
Diversity Path Mesh is probably the first mesh wireless network to use the flooding technique instead of routing, as it has managed to overcome any disadvantages of flooding by using the simulcast technique, which combines relaying and synchronization at sub-bit level, resulting in a surprisingly and revolutionary set of performances. At the same time, it encompasses all the benefits of the flooding technique.
Products based on this technology and deployed by its originator, Virtual Extension, have proven the Diversity Path Mesh capability, as they have been successfully deployed in numerous projects, where products based on other technologies either have failed or would have failed. These applications include Utility Automation – Electricity and Water, Building Automation, Industrial Automation, Vending Machines, Agriculture and Security.
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