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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Compact LTE edge router targets IoT

By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk

Sierra Wireless has launched a compact cellular router for the Internet of Things (IoT) that also includes narrowband options. 

The AirLink LX40 has both LTE and LTE-M/NB-IoT variants, provides secure, managed connectivity out of the box for IoT applications. The LX40 supports data processing at the edge and Sierra sees it being used to connect cameras, smart lockers and point-of-sale terminals, as well as industrial remote data logging and sensing equipment in indoor or protected-outdoor locations. However cameras would need the full LTE Cat 4 version with 150Mbit/s bandwidth. 

This sits alongside the LX60 router for wide area LPWAN wireless connections.

Sierra also provides a portfolio of network management tools, available in the cloud or on premises, for remote monitoring, configuration and control of all connected AirLink routers and gateways. This is key to deploying high-volume IoT applications that scale from tens to tens of thousands of networking devices.

The router enables IoT edge programmability with the ALEOS Application Framework for embedded applications, as well as tightly integrated cloud services and APIs. This is combined with LTE-M/NB-IoT connectivity and I/O options for data acquisition and sensor aggregation to allow critical data to be processed at the edge and optimising data transmission. The LTE-M/NB-IoT support also provides five to 10X enhanced coverage in remote locations or buildings, while reducing monthly data plan costs by up to 10X with data rates up to 300kbit/s.

A single Gigabit Ethernet port provides primary LTE connectivity, with support for PoE (Power-over-Ethernet), which further simplifies installation. The available I/O port and built-in embedded application framework allow for simple machine connectivity and edge processing. The LTE Cat-4 variant is available with an optional Wi-Fi feature, making it ideal as a hotspot or to access building Wi-Fi infrastructure. 

“Enterprises are gathering business intelligence by deploying IoT solutions over a diverse range of locations and assets, from security cameras in a warehouse to manufacturing equipment on a factory floor,” said Jason Krause, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Solutions, Sierra Wireless. “AirLink LX40 represents the evolution of our router portfolio, starting with the LX60, to bring the same secure connectivity experience as our rugged performance portfolio, but in an even more compact form factor that is optimized for enterprise IoT applications.”

AirLink LX40 models are priced at $349 for LTE-M/NB-IoT, $399 for LTE Cat-4 and $449 for LTE Cat-4 with Wi-Fi. LX40 LTE Cat-4 variants are sampling in August 2018 with commercial availability beginning in September 2018. LTE-M/NB-IoT variants are sampling in September 2018 with commercial availability beginning in October 2018.

www.sierrawireless.com/products-and-solutions/routers-gateways

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