Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Laird gateway bridges LoRaWan to cloud

Steve Rogerson
April 8, 2020



Laird Connectivity has announced a flexible multi-wireless gateway for bridging LoRaWan devices to the cloud. The Sentrius RG191 + LTE gateway is a LoRaWan-enabled version that provides wifi, Ethernet, and cellular in one device.
 
The platform for long-range, low-power IoT applications leverages Ohio-based Laird's WB50NBT wireless bridge certified module and offers enterprise dual-band wifi, Ethernet and now LTE Cat 1 for more design freedom. LoRaWan range is up to 16km and is pre-loaded with various LoRa packed forwarder software for highly scalable and flexible IoT networks.
 
"The addition of the RG191 + LTE to our Sentrius family of IoT gateways gives our customers the freedom and flexibility to tailor LoRaWan to their needs," said Jonathan Kaye, director of product management at Laird Connectivity.
 
Adding LTE Cat 1 connectivity to the RG191 brings more range and flexibility to OEMs that need to deliver actionable IoT intelligence in challenging IoT settings. LTE connectivity is suitable for use cases or physical deployments where no local Ethernet or wifi network is present to bridge the remote LoRaWan data to cloud services.
 
There are two enclosure options, including an IP67 variant for the harshest environments. Both variants work with Laird's RS1xx sensor series for out-of-the-box integration.
 
The software included enables hassle-free configuration of all wired and wireless interfaces, as well as drop-down pre-sets for LoRaWan providers such as Senet, Things Network, Semtech UDP forwarder, and Chirpstack.
 
The gateway is for many industrial settings and applications, ranging from smart metering to equipment monitoring to municipal asset management and more. Full-scale networks can be used to track assets that are spread across a vast facility.
 
LoRaWans can span an entire campus and gather sensor data that can then be sent to the cloud over a cellular network, removing the need for a local internet connection. Those data can provide insights needed to maintain efficiency and productivity, and be used to make critical business decisions.
 
The gateway is certified for FCC, IC and PTCRB with carrier support for AT&T and Verizon.