Sierra Wireless, vendor of fully integrated end-to-end solutions for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, announced on Monday availability of the FX30, a small, flexible and rugged programmable cellular gateway. It provides a pre-certified, integrated embedded platform to connect any machine to any IoT application or cloud, enabling fast, scalable and global deployment of IoT solutions.
The FX30 offers Legato open source Linux-based programmability and 2G, 3G and LTE connectivity to manage any type of machine, including industrial equipment, infrastructure, building automation systems, laboratory and medical equipment, automation systems, construction equipment, commercial appliances, and portable and renewable energy systems. Entire fleets of FX30s can be monitored, managed and controlled remotely through Sierra Wireless’ AirVantage Cloud Services.
The FX30 is ideal for both regional and global deployments providing 2G, 3G and 4G options, global banding combinations, and numerous certifications, all in the same small, rugged industrial form factor. The FX30 also supports Sierra Wireless’ multi-operator Smart SIM that delivers best-in-class coverage and superior data service quality.
Future releases will also support the GSMA eUICC specification for remote provisioning, allowing subscriptions to be remotely updated over-the-air.
Offering flexibility for many different applications, the FX30 is available in both Ethernet and Serial variants, and supports an IoT Connector to enable hardware extensions to interface with an unlimited range of sensors, and wired and wireless networks.
It offers low power consumption, consuming less than 1W in idle mode and 2mW in ultra-low power mode, making it ideal for solar and battery-powered applications. Security features include support for the Lightweight M2M protocol and pre-shared key encryption.
The FX30 builds on the success of Sierra Wireless’ Fastrack Xtend, integrating the Legato open source Linux platform into a small, rugged gateway with flexible hardware interface options to simplify IoT solution development.
Legato offers a secure application framework, maintained Linux distribution and feature-rich development environment. Legato’s robust APIs enable users to connect to any cloud or network, and allow developers to focus on building value-add IoT applications.
The FX30 provides superior performance in harsh environments with its small, rugged aluminum form factor. It meets MIL-STD-810 standard for vibration and mechanical shock, and maintains operation in extended temperatures from -30°C to +75°C, making it the ideal embeddable solution for any industrial machine.
FX30 is pre-certified for large deployments meeting a comprehensive range of regulatory and industry standards worldwide. The FX30 is available in both Ethernet and Serial variants, and supports an IoT Connector expansion slot to enable hardware extensions.
The IoT Connector enables an unlimited range of sensors, and wired and wireless networks, such as Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, RS485, CANbus. The FX30 offers best-in-class low power consumption, consuming less than 1W in idle mode and 2mW in ultra-low power mode, making it ideal for solar and battery powered applications.
The FX30 3G operates on six 3G bands, with fallback on four 2G bands, enabling worldwide deployments with a single product. The FX30 4G LTE is available in two variants, supporting EMEA and North America.
The FX30 supports standard 2FF plastic SIM as well as optional MFF2 embedded SIM, providing the ultimate flexibility for global deployments.
The FX30 fully supports Sierra Wireless’ multi-operator SmartSIM to deliver best in class coverage and superior data service quality. Future releases of the FX30 will also support the GSMA eUICC specification for remote provisioning allowing subscriptions to be remotely updated over-the-air.
“Linkwave has been providing communications solutions based on Sierra Wireless programmable modems for more than 15 years for diverse applications including vehicle asset management, vending and security,” said Andrew Newton, Managing Director, Linkwave Wireless Connectivity. “We’re excited about the new FX30 and believe that it will be a truly unique offering in the market, providing a critical building block for customers developing IoT solutions.”
“The FX30 provides a flexible, secure platform to connect machines to the Internet of Things, enabling companies to offer new, value-added services for their customers,” said Jason Krause, senior vice president and general manager for enterprise solutions at Sierra Wireless. “For example, equipment manufacturers can quickly add IoT connectivity to any solution and deploy custom applications to monitor machine performance at the edge, sending data and alerts to any remote service application.”