Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Laird simplifies connecting Bluetooth sensors to cloud

Steve Rogerson
March 25, 2020



A multi-wireless gateway from Laird Connectivity can simplify connecting Bluetooth sensors to the cloud. The Sentrius gateway delivers Bluetooth 5 long range, wifi, LTE and cloud connectivity for enterprise-grade IoT implementations.
 
The Sentrius IG60-BL654 gateway can securely and reliably connect Bluetooth sensors to the cloud. It is the latest wireless gateway offering in Laird's growing family of IoT devices.
 
Based on the Ohio-based company's 60 series system-on-module (SoM) and BL654 embedded Bluetooth module (Nordic nRF52840 silicon), the gateway provides a platform for Bluetooth 5 long-range sensor-to-cloud applications. The combination of Bluetooth and wifi lets users capture data from Bluetooth 5 sensors, add edge intelligence, and send those data to the cloud over 802.11acwifi.
 
It delivers enterprise-grade wifi connectivity with an Arm Cortex A5 applications processor, onboard cryptographic engine, and enhanced roaming and scanning performance. The Nordic nRF52840 silicon leverages the benefits and feature enhancements of Bluetooth 5 including long range.
 
There are two software variants to provide design flexibility. The Linux version of the gateway offers a long-term supported and open platform via Laird's Linux Buildroot platform, hardware root of trust and development tools. For cloud-native organisations, the AWS IoT Greengrass variant allows users to manage applications over the air from the cloud using integrated IoT Greengrass and stay secure in the field with over-the-air security updates.
 
"The Sentrius IG60-BL654 combines Laird Connectivity's history of providing world class connectivity, cloud, Linux, security and customisation expertise into one," said Paul Elvikis, strategic business development director at Laird Connectivity. "This gateway brings market-leading wireless technology and software to enable our customers to get to market fast by eliminating the steep learning curve, design risk, and long-term maintenance and security concerns that wireless IoT typically has."
 
For flexibility, Laird has paired the IG60-BL654 with the Sentrius BT510 Bluetooth 5 sensor. The IG650-BL654 and BT510 starter kit provides a quick and simple way to start evaluating wireless IoT systems. This starter kit includes one gateway, three sensors, free AWS-based IoT monitoring platform, and iOS and Android mobile app for in-field provisioning. The starter kit is in stock and available for purchase.
 
"We understand how difficult developing wireless IoT systems can be," said Elvikis, "so we're excited to offer these new IoT devices and starter kits to help our customers get closer to production-ready out-of-the-box, while offering the most design flexibility and customisation capabilities to help them get up and running as quickly as possible."
 
Soon to join the growing Sentrius family of IoT devices are the IG60-BL654-LTE and IG60-SERIAL-LTE gateways. With global 4G LTE cat one wireless connectivity with 3G and 2G fallback, these upcoming gateways are for global IoT applications in harsh environments. The IG60-BL654-LTE will also be available in a starter kit option, which will include the Sentrius BT510 Bluetooth 5 sensors. Certifications will include PTCRB, GCF and AT&T.