Analog Devices’ iCOMOX Intelligent Condition Monitoring Box is a highly adaptable open-source sensor fusion platform. The iCOMOX can measure vibration, sound, temperature, and magnetic field displacement. Depending on the application, communication options available include SmartMesh IP (SMIP), Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT), and Power over Ethernet (PoE). Choosing an option without fully understanding the tradeoffs can be costly and frustrating.

This paper reviews the strengths and weaknesses of each communication type for proper application, and would be useful for anyone interested in deploying a CbM system, including maintenance professionals, plant managers and system integrators.