Sierra Wireless launches IIoT cellular router

  • September 20, 2022
  • William Payne

Sierra Wireless has launched a cellular router optimised for Industrial IoT and low latency edge analytics. The Airlink RX55 LTE cellular router is designed for advanced industrial networking on both public and private networks.

The router provides ultra-low power consumption and a wide operating voltage, and can be used in solar or battery powered remote monitoring installations. It has a rugged design and has edge intelligence capabilities, with use cases including industrial automation and remote machine and sensor monitoring.

“For IT/OT Managers who need to connect, manage and gain intelligence from critical assets in extremely harsh or distributed environments, the RX55 family of industrial cellular routers enables edge intelligence through secure IIoT/Industry 4.0 deployments,” said Tom Mueller, VP of Product Management, Sierra Wireless. “Unlike other products on the market, the ultra-low power and rugged RX55 not only supports advanced network designs, but also enables new edge applications through container support, with centralised remote management services. This makes it perfect for industrial IoT customers looking for a future-proof solution for connecting remote fixed assets in challenging environments.”

“Enabling IIoT for a smarter grid requires flexible computing technologies that can power wide-ranging applications – from protocols such as OpenFMB for messaging and interoperability to light-weight distributed intelligence at the edge,” said Mr Dileep Rudran, VP of Product Management for the OpenDSO platform at Open Energy Solutions, Inc. “With the new AirLink RX55 router, Sierra Wireless has further expanded its broad portfolio of edge technologies for modernising grid operations.”

“Sierra Wireless has been an active contributor in the Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB) users group for its open-source data models, interoperability testing procedures, and foundational use-case,” said Dr. Stuart Laval, Chair, UCA OpenFMB users group. “With the edge computing capabilities of their router solution, distributed intelligence applications can be run to help enable secure device-to-device communications between grid automation and Distributed Energy Resource (DER) systems. I look forward to seeing these capabilities demonstrated again with other early adopters at next month’s UCA OpenFMB interoperability PlugFest event.”