Sierra Wireless FX30: the IoT gateway of the future

6th June 2017
Enaie Azambuja

Acal BFi has announced the addition of the ultra-flexible Sierra Wireless FX30 Programmable IoT gateway to its comprehensive IoT and Wireless communications portfolio. The FX30 is the first of the next generation of ruggedised, programmable, and expandable embedded wireless gateways, and is now commercially available to European customers from Acal BFi.

The FX30 is ideally suited for both regional and global deployments, providing cellular connectivity, global banding combinations and numerous certifications, all in the same small, rugged industrial form factor. It can remotely monitor and manage hundreds of thousands of machines.

Worldwide end-to-end security is implemented in every component of the system and, with expandable interfaces, the FX30 can connect and integrate with new, existing and legacy systems.

Thanks to the secure Linux-based Legato operating system embedded in the module, the Sierra Wireless FX30 IoT gateway can be integrated and operate in customer designs without the need for external systems and processors.

Customers will now be able to process data in real-time at the edge of the network, with the FX30 generating intelligence and alerts to the cloud or customer’s data centre.

Acal BFi will directly support customers integrating this first-of-a-kind technology into their systems and designs and will further support customers without embedded processing experience, offering programming assistance with the open-source operating system from its dedicated IoT Competence Centre.

Acal BFi’s IoT Competence Centre can also configure and customise the FX30 to perfectly suit customer designs and applications, enabling instant integration and deployment. The FX30 is available with a comprehensive set of interfaces as standard, including Ethernet and Serial connectors, with the expansion card slot allowing it to be further enhanced with current and future technologies.

This expansion slot will “future proof” the FX30, allowing it to be combined with the growing wireless ecosystem, including WiFi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, CAN, USB, Modbus, Dust and Thread.

With an existing portfolio of IoT technologies and facilities to customise, manufacture and install components, Acal BFi is uniquely positioned to embed these technologies as part of the production process, delivering a true plug-and-play solution to the market and allowing the FX30 to integrate seamlessly into customer designs.

The FX30 gateway is designed to suit a variety of customers and applications, with a rugged form factor, industrial grade architecture and strong aluminium construction. The gateway is proven to maintain continuous, full speed operation in harsh environments, from -30°C to +75°C (from 20°C to 60°C in 95% relative humidity). Built to MIL-STD-810 G specification, it is vibration and shock resistant and can operate from 4.75 - 32VDC.

“Sierra Wireless is widely recognised for creating innovative products and solutions and the FX30 is the latest example of this. The new IoT programmable gateway is a sign of things to come but reflects the demands of customers right now".

"Wireless technology will only grow in popularity and the FX30 is an effective way of managing these systems as they develop in both physical size and data requirements,” said Lee Austin, Business Development Director for Communications Technology, Acal BFi, commented, Acal BFi,

“This is a really exciting product with fantastic flexibility that can be tailored to customer applications. With our IoT Competence Centre and custom manufacturing facilities, the FX30 can become the foundation for so many applications. Customers will directly benefit from this new technology integrating it into their new, existing or legacy systems.”

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