Due to the ultra low power consumption of MEMS accelerometers, wired systems can now be replaced with wireless solutions, single-axis bulky piezo sensors can be replaced with small, lightweight triaxial analog components, and a wider range of machines can now be monitored continuously in a cost-effective way.

This paper discusses some of the design considerations for choosing a MEMS sensor and wireless transceiver suitable for use in harsh RF environments. We introduces the Voyager platform, a robust, low power, wireless mesh, vibration monitoring platform that enables designers to rapidly deploy a wireless solution to a machine or test setup.