Sierra Wireless Launches AirLink Raven RV50 LTE Gateway
The AirLink Raven RV50 offers a rugged design and low power consumption for an LTE industrial gateway designed for tough and remote environments.Sierra Wireless announced the launch of the AirLink Raven RV50 gateway, the 4G long-term evolution (LTE) successor to the company’s previously deployed cellular gateway solution for energy and industrial applications, the AirLink Raven X. The AirLink Raven RV50 offers a rugged design and low power consumption for an LTE industrial gateway, providing connectivity for remote applications, even when solar panels are the only available source of power. Industrial infrastructure is often unmanned, remote, and critical to business operations, and so to ensure safety, security, and uninterrupted operation, a remote monitoring and control system is essential for applications such as SCADA, on pipelines and in power distribution, and intelligent traffic management systems, the company said. "Many remote locations rely on solar panels as a power source, where power is otherwise simply unavailable, such as along a gas pipeline," David Markland, senior product manager for Sierra Wireless, told eWEEK. "When deploying communications equipment into solar powered locations, it is highly advantageous to use gateways that have low power consumption for a number of reasons."
The AirLink Management Service (ALMS)—a cloud management solution—provides remote device management for the RV50. It also provides alerting and monitoring of key variables such as signal strength, location, temperature and voltage.