Sierra Wireless, provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced the AirLink RV55 LTE-Advanced Pro router to simplify and lower the cost of connecting critical remote assets, infrastructure and mobile workforces in utility, energy, smart city and public safety applications. AirLink RV55 is a compact and rugged LTE-A Pro router for SCADA, distribution management systems and service vehicle fleets.
Utilities are deploying cellular IoT solutions like AirLink RV55 to modernize grid operations by connecting aging equipment and infrastructure in order to meet customers’ service expectations and increase adoption of new distributed energy sources. AirLink RV55 combines high-speed, reliable LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi, serial and ethernet interfaces, allowing utilities to gather real-time data from infrastructure and connect mobile workforces to improve operational efficiency, rapidly identify issues and restore service outages.
The RV55 is also available with Wi-Fi to provide secure, vehicle area networking (VAN) for the mobile workforce and service fleets. The RV55 is designed to meet the harsh environmental and performance requirements of industrial and mobile installations, delivering superior reliability and uninterrupted operation in outdoor or vehicle environments.
The RV55 high-performance LTE-Advanced Pro connectivity, Wi-Fi and GNSS and location-based applications and dual connectivity for vehicle fleets and mobile workforce. An LTE-M/NB-IoT variant is perfectly suited for hard to reach conditions.
The RV55 supports an extensive range of LTE bands worldwide, and its LTE Advanced Pro capabilities deliver up to 600 Mbps downlink speeds. The RV55 also supports new unlicensed LTE bands like CBRS to support dedicated private LTE service.
AirLink RV55 is part of Sierra Wireless’ AirLink Performance Series of routers and gateways. It is available in an LTE-A Pro variant with dual-serial, ethernet, GNSS and an optional dual-Wi-Fi interface. LTE-A Pro supports 6x faster downlink (up to 600Mbps) and 3x faster upload (up to 150Mbps) speeds compared to previous LTE versions (RV50).
RV55 supports CBRS bands that do not require spectrum licenses and allow utilities to build and operate their own LTE networks. An LTE-M/NB-IoT (up to 300kbps downlink) variant is also available for enhanced coverage. RV55 retains the same ultra-low power consumption of the RV50/50X making it ideal for solar- or battery-powered installations.
“Efficiently connecting mobile workforces, their vehicles and dispatch resources is critical to quickly finding and resolving service outages,” said Carol Johnston, VP Product Marketing, Clevest Solutions. “Sierra Wireless’ AirLink RV55 provides the secure, reliable, always-on connectivity that utilities need to efficiently dispatch work orders to the closest qualified worker and manage their field service teams leveraging Mobile Workforce Management software to keep critical operations running smoothly.”
“As electric utilities modernize with cellular IoT, the cost and complexity of adding connectivity to aging infrastructure equipment is a significant challenge, especially if the equipment doesn’t have connectivity built in or is deployed in a harsh or remote environment,” said Jesus Gonzalez, Senior Analyst, IHS Markit, Critical Communications. “Cellular LTE routers with a compact, rugged form factor, and flexible interfaces make it easy to connect critical distribution automation equipment like cap-bank controllers, sectionalizers and reclosers to help monitor and respond quickly to changes in the utility grid.”
“Utility, energy and industrial companies continue to rely on cellular IoT to efficiently connect and operate their infrastructure,” said Tom Mueller, VP, Products, Enterprise Solutions, Sierra Wireless. “The AirLink RV55, with device management and 24/7 direct support included at zero cost for the first year, provides IT teams with peace of mind knowing they can securely connect and manage both their fixed and mobile networks with a single reliable solution.”