Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Lantronix IoT gateway targets medical industry

Steve Rogerson
December 11, 2018

California-based data access company Lantronix has announced an IoT gateway developed specifically for the medical industry.
The SGX 5150-MD IoT gateway facilitates the secure access and management of medical devices in hospitals, laboratories and other healthcare environments. It enables network connectivity for equipment such as patient monitoring systems, glucose analysers, ECG machines, ventilators and infusion pumps, helping deliver data from routine statistics to life-saving, critical patient information to virtually any location, device or healthcare information system.
The gateway is supported by the firm’s Mach 10 global device manager and gateway central for a complete end-to-end service that offers remote centralised device management and device telemetry data.
The product supports all the connectivity interfaces used in the healthcare industry including serial (RS232, RS485, USB), Ethernet, Bluetooth and high-speed dual-band wifi. It is built on the Linux operating system and comes with a software development kit and a Python programming environment for additional customisation by medical OEMs.
It has dual band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wifi with enterprise security, and Bluetooth and WLAN coexistence. There is support for wifi direct and simultaneous Soft AP and client mode.
TruPort security includes secure boot, AES/CCMP and TKIP encryption, 802.11i, enterprise-grade WPA2 and various security protocols.
It is IEC and UL-60601 certified and works from -40 to +85°C.
"With the average hospital using hundreds of common medical devices and prevalence of wifi networks, there is a significant need for the medical community to rapidly deploy device connectivity which includes wifi technology," said Shahram Mehraban, vice president of marketing at Lantronix. “Our new SGX 5150-MD is the first flagship IoT gateway specifically for the healthcare segment. With our long history in this vertical, SGX 5150-MD is uniquely designed to solve the challenges faced by the medical industry today, which will ultimately result in improved patient care, reduced costs and increased efficiency through real-time access to data."
A key feature of the gateway is support for the IEC 60601-1-2 EMC fourth edition standard, which goes into effect in January 2019. The fourth edition covers new environments, new requirements of risk management and test planning, and more stringent testing for emissions and immunity.