Sensors Magazine Presents Crossbow Technology With Gold and Silver Honors at 2004 Best of Sensors Expo Awards

SAN JOSE, Calif.--()--Aug. 9, 2004--

  Crossbow's New, Innovative NAV420 and MICAz Products Recognized  

Crossbow Technology, Inc., the leading manufacturer of MEMS-based sensor systems, today announced that the editors of Sensors magazine presented the company with two awards at the Best of Sensors Expo Awards at the Sensors Expo & Conference in Detroit.

Sensors' editors and key industry advisors evaluated the entries using several criteria, including potential impact on the way people work, timeliness and availability, distinctiveness, and the ability to serve a real need.

In the Sensors Products category, the top Gold award was given to Crossbow's new NAV420 MEMS-based navigation and Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS), which Sensors said: "The star in the Sensors category is a clever, real-time position, velocity, attitude, and heading system equipped with a built-in GPS receiver, MEMS accelerometers, MEMS-based rate sensor, and magnetometer. It allows local position and heading information tied in with location data for applications such as land vehicle guidance, UAV control, and platform stabilization."

In the Communications and Networking Products category, a Silver award was given to Crossbow for its new MICAz wireless measurement system. Sensors wrote: "This is the latest incarnation of the company's Smart Dust wireless sensor network products. The product is small, battery powered, and designed for high-bandwidth applications that require reliable operation, even in harsh indoor environments. The RF transceiver is 802.15.4/ZigBee compliant and includes hardware encryption for data security."

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"These awards highlight products that have the greatest potential to change the way people work and live," said Barbara G. Goode, editorial director for Sensors and Frontline Solutions magazines. "Sensors are approaching ubiquity thanks to innovations such as the ones we recognize with the Best of Sensors Expo awards. Because these products work behind the scenes, most of us do not fully appreciate their impact, but that fact makes it no less real."

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About Sensors Magazine

Sensors, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, is the only publication dedicated to meeting the information needs of design and production engineers involved in the design, application, and implementation of sensor systems. Sensors provides up-to-date and in-depth technology information about sensors and related systems in three areas: Sensors Technology & Design, Putting Sensors to Work, and Intelligent Systems. The magazine's editorial focus uniquely connects sensors technology and intelligent systems with exciting developments in data acquisition, wireless and wired data communications, control, test and measurement, and other arenas. For more information, visit

About Crossbow Technology

Founded in 1995, Crossbow Technology, Inc., is the leading full solutions supplier in the wireless sensor networking arena and the only manufacturer of Smart Dust wireless sensors. Crossbow has for years been at the forefront of creating and deploying smaller, smarter, wireless sensing devices and mesh networking platforms for large-scale defense, environmental, agricultural, industrial monitoring and control, building automation, security and asset tracking applications. Crossbow's open architecture, TinyOS-based platform enables highly intelligent multi-sensing devices to dynamically and reliably self-organize to efficiently capture and send detailed physical data anywhere, anytime.

Crossbow is also a leading supplier of inertial sensor systems for aviation, land and marine applications and other instrumentation sensors. The company has shipped more than 500,000 of its Smart Dust and other advanced sensors to more than 1,000 customers, including select Fortune 100 and other leading industrial, defense, technology, civil engineering and manufacturing companies. Named one of the Top 50 Companies to Watch by Electronic Business Magazine in 2000, the company's strategic partners include Intel Corporation. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Crossbow has distributors in 24 countries worldwide. The company received its ISO 9001/2000 Certification in May 2002 and its FAA Certification for AHRS500GA in January 2003. Contact Crossbow at +1-408-965-3300, e-mail or visit Crossbow on the Web at


Crossbow Technology
Kathy Bentaieb, 408-965-3368


Crossbow Technology
Kathy Bentaieb, 408-965-3368