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Bolt-on device can link remote assets anywhere in the world

08 June, 2020

HMS Networks has announced a device that delivers reliable cellular-based Internet connections for remote assets almost anywhere in the world. The Anybus Wireless Bolt IoT uses Low Power Wide Area Network (LP-WAN) technologies with frugal power needs, limited bandwidths (25-300 kbit/s), and low connection costs.

HMS says that operators of hard-to-reach stationary or mobile assets increasingly want to be able to control and monitor them remotely via the Internet. But often there is no local infrastructure for such connections. The new device provides reliable connections using LTE-standard NB-IoT and CAT-M1 networks which can fall back to 2G (GPRS/Edge), allowing reliable deployment almost anywhere in the world.

The IP66/IP67-protected device mounts on the asset using an M50 hole. It has UL Nema 4X certification for outdoor use, a built-in cellular antenna and modem, a microcontroller and a firewall.

An Ethernet port connects it to the asset. Configuration is done via a built-in Web server, or by sending Rest commands via Ethernet. The device transfers data transparently from the asset to the cellular Internet connection using TCP/UDP protocols. It supports Power over Ethernet (PoE), but can also be powered via separate terminals.

The bolt-on device brings monitoring and control to almost any remote asset

An onboard SIM-card can connect to almost any network worldwide. Private enterprise networking is also supported using cellular Private APN networks.

The Wireless Bolt IoT is especially suitable for battery-powered applications such as water level measuring stations. When data is not being transferred, it enters a low-power mode.

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