Crossbow technology

This article is about the company. For alternate uses, see Crossbow (disambiguation).

Crossbow Technology, Inc.
Private company
Industry Electronics-Specialized
Founded 1995
Headquarters Milpitas, California, USA
Key people Mike Horton, President and CEO; Ralph Kling, CTO
Products Inertial Measurement Units, Logistics and Asset Tracking devices
Employees Approximately 50 (2011)

Crossbow Technology, Inc. (also referred to as XBOW) is a California-based company with two distinct product lines. One is based on

Inertial Systems

Crossbow was founded in 1995 to exploit MEMS inertial sensors. Notable past products include the AHRS500GA, used in the FAA-sponsored Capstone program. The AHRS500GA was the first stand-alone, completely solid-state FAA certified AHRS system.[2] A follow-on product, the AHRS510GA is designed into the Eclipse Aviation Very Light Jet, the Eclipse 500.[3] Crossbow nolonger provides this product.

Current Crossbow products include the CTXD02 Digital Inclinometer, VG700 Vertical Gyro and GNAV540 INS/GPS GN&Cunit. These products are used on multiple manned and unmanned airborne, marine and ground platforms such as the Hunter RQ-5A Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, ITAS and LRAS targeting systems.

Logistics Products

Crossbow now supplies solutions for shipment visibility and asset tracking. The company provides integrated peel and stick devices, featuring GSM/GPRS radios, GPS and sensors. These environmental sensors provide shippers with asset tracking and shipment environment exposure history and tracking capabilities.

Wireless Sensor Networks

Please note that Crossbow no longer provides any of these offerings:

Crossbow was one of the first suppliers of the Berkeley-style MICA motes.[4] These implement the TinyOS operating system. Follow on products include the MICA2 (868/916 MHz) and Micaz|MICAz (2.4 GHz) motes, and the Intel-designed IMOTE2. Crossbow also makes a software design platform for its hardware called MoteWorks.

Crossbow has received a number of awards for these products, including a "Best of Sensors Expo Gold 2006"[5] and the BP Helios Award.[6]

In 2008, Crossbow released eKo Pro Series System,NeoMote System that monitors energy usage in a building and provides an enhanced visual display that allows for easy viewing of data collection enabling quick and intelligent decision making for smart energy saving.


External links

  • website
  • website. There is no affiliation between Crossbow Japan and Crossbow Technology.
  • The official FAA Capstone program website.
  • "Bringing MEMS and Motes to Life," BusinessWeek Online, Oct. 19, 2004.
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