Today, 17th November 2015, Sierra Wireless publically announced the launch of their latest AirLink gateway, the RV50. Reprising the Raven series of products, the RV50 has been built to meet the growing requirements of the energy and utilities industry to update their 2G/3G infrastructure.
Energy and utility providers – be they electric, gas, water or oil – all share similar challenges when it comes to maintaining their widespread estate efficiently. Covering 100s if not 1000s of miles, it is essential for companies to be able to remotely monitor and manage their entire grid in order to track performance and identify potential issues. Cellular provides the connectivity necessary to enable this; providing a flexible, connect anywhere solution which can be easily scaled.
While 2G and 3G connectivity have long been used to achieve this, there are several key challenges involved; the harsh environments that the cellular equipment is exposed to, cost-effective power supply to remote locations, and potential hazards such as gas explosions.
With the Sierra Wireless RV50 comes a new age of networking for energy and utilities, which not only matches each of these challenges but also delivers superior networking beyond that previously available on 2G/3G.
LTE Performance at 2G Power Consumption
The AirLink RV50 is the lowest powered LTE device in the industry. Using just 1W in idle mode, it is perfect for remote locations which rely on solar or battery power sources. This means that when replacing existing 2G devices, such as Sierra’s legacy Raven XE and XT products, it can be run off the same power source – reducing the upgrade cost as existing power infrastructure can be used.
Fully Ruggedised for Advanced Networking Performance in Harsh Environments
Featuring a wealth of industry-grade certifications, the RV50 is a fully ruggedised device which can withstand, and perform in, extreme conditions:
- Die-cast aluminium housing sealed with gaskets
- Rugged power supply
- Integrated heat sinking
- Fully operational from -30C to +70C
- IP64, MIL STD 810G, Class 1 Div 2, E-Mark, SAE J1455, UL/CB
Leading LTE Technology for Advanced Applications
With over 100 million modules and 1 million gateways shipped, Sierra Wireless are a leader in the cellular market – meaning proven reliability and quality. The RV50 continues this success story, featuring the latest LTE technology to deliver high bandwidth and low latency capabilities.
Built with longevity in mind, the device not only works with the latest LTE technology of today and the future but also fails over to 3G and 2G connectivity in more remote locations where LTE isn’t available yet – protecting the customer’s investment for years to come.
Built for energy and utility companies to monitor and manage their entire network – from generation, through transmission, to distribution – the RV50 has a wealth of features which enhance its capabilities:
- Dual SIM
- Gigabit Ethernet (can be configured to 10/100 to reduce energy consumption)
- RS232 serial and micro USB ports for increased application flexibility
- Rugged integral mounting
- Small footprint (same width as the LS300 with bracket mount)
- Worldwide availability, supporting 11 frequency bands in NA, EMEA, Asia/Australia
- Cloud managed using AirLink Management Service
Furthermore, when using the Aleos Application Framework the RV50 can be programmed to make intelligent decisions at the network’s edge – facilitating the integration of sensors and other hardware. This both enhances the capabilities of the device itself and speeds its time to market so that even the most advanced applications can be rolled out quickly and efficiently.
NEW FROM WESTBASE: Partner Product Launch Pack
Westbase has prepared a partner launch pack which is available to all Westbase partners. As well as containing the standard manufacturer items, our new partner launch pack also features:
- Ready to use product launch blog
- Email campaign template
- Ready to use promotional product website banner
This one pack contains everything you need to launch the Sierra Wireless AirLink RV50 product to your customer base. To get your launch pack, contact your Account Manager today.