MultiTech Gateway to be used by Yokogawa’s Sushi sensor offerings for industrial IoT environments

Multi-Tech Systems Inc., global manufacturer of M2M and IoT communication devices, announced that its MultiConnect Conduit IP67 Base Station, a LoRaWAN ruggedized IoT gateway, was selected by Yokogawa Electric Corp. for its Sushi Sensor solution, which was recently launched in Europe. 

Yokogawa’s new LoRaWAN compliant solution was developed for deployment within industrial plants; covers vast areas; has environmental resistance features to support heavy-duty use; and works in combination with advanced analytics such as AI and machine learning in a cloud environment. MultiTech’s LoRaWAN gateway solution captures and manages the information detected from sensors within the solution.

Sushi Sensor is an OpreX Asset Management and Integrity wireless solution for the Industrial IoT. The first product, the XS770A, originally launched in Japan in 2018, can measure vibration and surface temperature to monitor machine or equipment conditions for industrial use. 

Since it complies with LoRaWAN, which is a low-power wide-area (LPWA) network for long-distance communication, the XS770A can be deployed anywhere in a plant and cover a vast area. It also has environmental resistance features to support heavy-duty use (IP66/67, explosion proof).

The MultiConnect Conduit IP67 Base Station is a ruggedized IoT gateway solution, specifically designed for outdoor LoRa public or private network deployments. The highly scalable and certified gateway is capable of resisting the harshest environmental factors including moisture, dust, wind, rain, snow and extreme heat. The device supports LoRaWAN applications in virtually any environment. 

Leveraging the MultiConnect Conduit, this device can support thousands of LoRaWAN-certified end nodes, including the MultiConnect mDot and xDot. This flexible solution provides durable, low-power, wide area network connectivity in support of M2M and IoT applications for both LoRa service providers and individual enterprises wanting to expand their LoRa network coverage.

mPower Edge Intelligence is a new embedded software offering, which builds on its application enablement platform, to deliver programmability, network exibility, enhanced security and manageability for scalable industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions.

mPower is the unification and evolution of MultiTech smart router and gateway firmware platforms. In addition to ongoing support of the current feature-sets, gateway customers can enjoy the additional security features currently available on the MultiConnect rCell 100 Series.

mPower Edge Intelligence simplifies integration with a variety of upstream IoT platforms to streamline edge-to-cloud data management and analytics, while also providing programmability and processing capability to execute critical tasks at the edge of the network to reduce latency; control network and cloud services costs, and ensure core functionality – even in instances when network connectivity may not be available.

The mDot and xDot are LoRaWAN compliant, providing bi-directional data communication up to 10 miles line-of-sight and 2-3 miles in buildings, using the global sub-GHz ISM radio bands in North America, Europe, and the APAC regions.

The mDot was the initial Arm Mbed platform listed on that was deployment ready. The mDot supports applications written and compiled in the mbed online environment using developer friendly libraries. Decision making and control can be done at the edge, reducing the need to optimize RF performance and implement complex IoT middleware.

mDots and xDots bring intelligence, reduced complexity and a lower overall bill of material to the edge of the network, while supporting a variety of interfaces to connect just about any battery-powered “thing”.

“We are honored that Yokogawa selected our IoT gateway to be used within their new Sushi Sensor,” said CEO of MultiTech, Stefan Lindvall. “Yokogawa is successfully leveraging cutting-edge IoT technologies to open up new opportunities for its customers to apply revolutionary new communications solutions to remote access monitoring.”

“Our decision to work with MultiTech was based on its compatibility with LoRaWAN and its flexibility to support both cloud-based and on-premise network architectures,” said Shuichi Takai, senior manager at Yokogawa. “The Conduit IP67 gateway is durable enough for the harsh environments we encounter within production sites, and we found the Conduit IP67 to be technically advanced and stable.” 

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