Wired Connectivity

Advantech LoRa and LoRaWAN solutions for intelligent monitoring applications

02 March 2020

Advantech, a supplier of industrial communication solutions, has expanded its line of wireless products with the launch of the WISE-6610 long range wide area network (LoRaWAN) gateway and Wzzard LRPv2 LoRaWAN node.

The completeness of the long range (LoRa) solution helps users improve control and management for applications in remote areas (for flood monitoring, for example) and harsh environments (extreme temperatures, high humidity), utilizing LoRa wireless technology to overcome the boundary of distance, thereby maximizing monitoring efficiency and overall productivity.

Wireless network communication LoRa

The wireless telecommunication is designed for long-range, low-bit-rate communication among “things” (connected objects such as battery-powered sensors). Because the Advantech Wzzard LRPv2 node and WISE-6610 LoRaWAN gateway support long-range WAN communication, there is no need to pay additional telecommunication costs, which can reduce costs considerably.

AI/DI for multiple sensors and customized software modules for various applications

Advantech’s Wzzard LRPv2 node can connect up to four sensors simultaneously and is ideal for production lines that have many sensors or for applications where there is limited space for additional devices. The software is specifically designed to be customizable so as to accommodate the most sophisticated of monitoring plans. Because the Wzzard LRPv2 node offers high flexibility in both hardware and software aspects, it frees users from having to deploy an infrastructure-heavy wireless network, meaning that resources can be allocated to other more critical investments.

Two operating modes and an alarm system

The Wzzard LRPv2 node has two modes: sleep mode (for when the node is idle) and operation mode (for data transmission). An embedded alarm system notifies users when a threshold has been exceeded so that action can be taken. The smart design of the operation modes and alarm system helps control the budget by saving the power consumed and notifying users if any emergent actions are required.

IP66 enclosure and battery/solar design for remote outdoor sites

With an IP66 rating, both devices are protected against ingress from dust and powerful water jets. Furthermore, their dual-power design (BC/battery for the Wzzard LRPv2 node) provides multiple deployment options.

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