Aretas Labs

Aretas Sensor Networks is a full-service IoT Development Shop and producer of small-run prototype batches. Over the last 8 years, Aretas has curated the best sensors available on the market. We can take your product from concept to pre-production (then to full production with a CM partner). ASN key staff have 25+ years experience in their fields. Our fully outfitted lab and production shop can help bring your ideas to reality.

We also have a decade of experience with IRAP, NRC and other Federal funding agencies. If your product development or research and development project qualifies for licensing agreements with ASN, contact us today.

Research & Development
Product Development

Aretas focuses on 3 core research & development and product development areas:

1. IoT Sensors, Controllers and Accessories

ASN has developed numerous sensor solutions over the last decade. Everything from sound to dust to gas sensing. Aretas curates available sensors for various application and evaluates their performance and usability. Some examples include:

Full MCU and Wireless Integration

  • Microprocessors (Atmega, STM, ARM Cortex, PIC)
  • OTA Cryptography / Security / Provisioning
  • Wireless (XBee, ZigBee, WiFi, Bluetooth)
  • Connectivity (USB, Ethernet, UART, PLC)
  • Power supply design including
    • Switching power supplies
    • 24 VAC power supply
    • LiPo battery with USB charging
    • Power mux / auto-select
  • Firmware development and best practices

Gas Sensing

  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Nitrogen Dioxide
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Ozone
  • Sulfur Dioxide
  • VOCs (volatile organic compounds)
  • Many more…(Formaldehyde, NO, Oxygen, etc)

Environment Sensing

  • Light (visible + IR)
  • Sound / sound spectrum
  • Temperature (precision)
  • Relative Humidity
  • Dewpoint
  • Vibration
  • Accelerometer
  • Airspeed
  • Differential Pressure
  • Barometric Pressure

Cameras / Thermal

  • UAV Thermal Payload
  • IoT Thermal
  • Wireless Thermal
  • HD Optical Payloads

Industrial IoT Sensors

  • High Pressure and Temperature
  • Surface and Airborne Dust
  • Dewpoint
  • Noise
  • Radiation
  • 4-20mA Integration
  • PLC

Control Systems

  • 3 Channel DCV Controller
  • Remote Controllable Thermostat
  • CO/NO2 DCV Controller

2. IoT Gateway / Hub Technlogies (Edge)
ASN has developed multiple generations of IoT Gateway and Control Software (now termed Edge Devices).
  • Ingesting and long term storage of sensor data
  • Thermostat and ventilation control
  • Visualization of sensor data
  • API endpoints on gateway for other providers
  • Embedded ARM CPU devices to full Industrial multiprocessor rack servers
  • Ingest, storage and visualization of complex IoT data (Sound Spectrum, Light Spectrum, Thermal, Optical)
  • Xbee, ZigBee, Ethernet, WiFi connectivity
  • Autoconf / autodiscovery
  • Protocol design and implementation
3. IoT Cloud Technologies

Managing data in a large scale multi-user, multi-tenant cloud platform is a difficult task. Ingesting millions (if not billions) of sensor messages per day, week, month, etc and then making use of that data (through visualizations, analytics, machine learning and prescriptive analytics) is an emerging science that is yet to be fully realized. ASN has nearly a decade of experience designing and implementing these systems using the best-in class enterprise-scale technologies. However, we’re only scratching the surface of what’s possible.

  • VLDB (very large database) implementation and scaling for time series data
  • Robust message queuing systems
  • Cloud platform design and implementation (hardware design, server storage, virtualization, management, etc)
  • Network design and implementation
  • REST API design and implementation (enterprise scale J2EE applications)
  • Large scale message queuing and processing
  • Horizontal scaling strategies
  • Data mining, analysis and visualization
  • Multi-user / multi-tenant applications
  • Practical machine learning applications

Aretas Labs Capabilities

Electronics and Sensor Design

  • Product functionality whiteboarding
  • Block / functional diagrams
  • Component identification and selection
  • Schematic capture
  • PCB Design
  • 3D modeling (PCB and parts)
  • Design for Manufacturing review


  • Breadboard for functional testing and component verification
  • Initial firmware design and testing

Lab Work / Calibration

  • Calibration equipment (various reference gases, plumbing, chambers, regulators)
  • Gas generation (Ozone generator)
  • Zero air
  • Wide array of test equipment (Oscilloscopes, Meters, Function Generators, References, etc)
  • Construct and build test fixtures and apparatuses


  • 3D printing (ABS, PLA)
  • CNC routing and milling (wood, plastics, metal)
  • Large selection of tools and equipment
  • Painting / finishing
  • Structural Mockups
  • Robotics / Drone 

Expert Software / Firmware Development

  • Full application development life-cycle
  • Primary Development languages include: Java, Python, GoLang, C, C++ and Assembly
  • Agile development methodologies and project management systems
  • Automated build and deploy systems
  • Scalable VLDB and TSDB technologies
  • Ground up IoT Cloud Platform implementation
  • Amazon ML APIs, CUDA, NVIDIA
  • Microprocessor interfaces (I2C, SPI, UART, I2S, PCM, etc)

On-Site Cloud / Virtualization INfrastructure Platforms

  • On-site cloud (virtualization) platform hardware:
    • Hundreds of TB of high-speed network storage (iSCSI, NAS, GlusterFS, ZFS, LVM, etc)
    • Terabytes of RAM
    • 10-gigabit switching fabric
    • 100s of CPU cores
    • Enterprise grade firewall technology
    • Virtualization environment
    • Can scale to 1000s of VMs
  • Self-owned hardware, can reconfigure for sandbox testing or pre-production simulations

High Quality, Low Volume PCB

We proudly build all our own low-volume PCB runs in house. Every board is manufactured with the greatest care and thoroughly inspected.

  • SMT and Through Hole
  • Reflow and Hand Soldering
  • Rework
  • QA and Test Jigs

Intelligent wireless sensing technology

for a smarter world.

A Few of our Technical Firsts

Surface Dust Accumulation

Aretas developed the world’s first and only surface dust accumulation technology. Designed to help industrial plants and manufacturing companies mitigate the dangers of explosive and hazardous dust accumulation. 

Sentinel Air System

The first, wireless, cloud enabled cigarette smoke detector. Designed to help with smoking cessation strategies and cigarette smoke detection, the Sentinel product is the culmination of 4 years of Research and Product Development

Drone Sensor Payloads

Aretas Aerial was the first company to design and deploy specialized wireless sensor payloads on small form factor UAV / Drone. 

Supporting a wide variety of sensors and high quality gas sensors, Aretas put our core technology into the air.