Device-to-cloud: Sierra Wireless Launches Rugged  Cellular Router Critical Assets

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Device-to-cloud: Sierra Wireless Launches Rugged Cellular Router Critical Assets

Sierra Wireless, a provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the 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. Sierra claims, that it is the industry’s most compact and rugged LTE-A Pro router for SCADA, distribution management systems and service vehicle fleets. AirLink RV55 combines high-speed 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.

Device-to-cloud: Sierra Wireless - LTE Advanced Router

AirLink RV55: Rugged LTE-A Pro Router

Carol Johnston, VP Product Marketing, Clevest Solutions, said:

Efficiently connecting mobile workforces, their vehicles and dispatch resources is critical to quickly finding and resolving service outages. 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.

Jesus Gonzalez, Senior Analyst, IHS Markit, Critical Communications, said:

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. 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.

AirLink RV55 is available in an LTE-A Pro variant with dual-serial, ethernet, GNSS and an optional dual-Wi-Fi interface. LTE-A Pro supports downlink up to 600Mbps and upload up to 150Mbps. 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 low power consumption of the RV50/50X making it ideal for solar- or battery-powered installations. AirLink RV55 models range from $589 for the LTE-M/NB-IoT variant to $789 for the LTE-A Pro variant with Wi-Fi. LTE-A Pro routers will start sampling in March 2019, with commercial availability beginning in April 2019. LTE-M/NB-IoT samples will be available in May, with commercial availability in June 2019.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Sierra Wireless

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