Wireless IoT gateway eases Bluetooth connection

Laird Connectivity introduces wireless gateway
Laird Connectivity has launched its multi-wireless Sentrius IG60-BL654 gateway that securely and reliably connects Bluetooth sensors to the cloud. (Laird Technologies)

Laird Connectivity has launched its multi-wireless Sentrius IG60-BL654 gateway that securely and reliably connects Bluetooth sensors to the cloud.

Based on Laird Connectivity's 60 Series System-on-Module (SOM) and BL654 embedded Bluetooth module (Nordic nRF52840 silicon), the IG60-BL654 enables Bluetooth 5 long range sensor-to-cloud applications. The combination of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi allows customers to capture data from Bluetooth 5 sensors, add edge intelligence, and send that data to the cloud over high-performance 802.11ac Wi-Fi.  

The IG60-BL654 delivers enterprise-grade Wi-Fi connectivity with a Cortex A5 applications processor, onboard cryptographic engine, and enhanced roaming and scanning performance. The Nordic nRF52840 silicon leverages all the benefits and feature enhancements of Bluetooth 5, including long range.

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The IG60-BL654 comes in two software variants to provide the most design flexibility. For embedded Linux experts, the Linux version of the gateway offers a long-term supported and open platform via Laird Connectivity's Linux Buildroot platform, hardware root of trust, and development tools. For cloud-native organizations, the AWS IoT Greengrass variant allows customers to manage applications over-the-air from the cloud using integrated AWS IoT Greengrass and stay secure in the field with over-the-air security updates.

Laird Connectivity has paired the IG60-BL654 with the Sentrius BT510 Bluetooth 5 sensor. The IG650-BL654 & BT510 Starter Kit provides a quick and simple way to start evaluating wireless IoT systems. This starter kit includes one gateway, three sensors, Laird Connectivity's free AWS-based IoT monitoring platform, and iOS/Android mobile app for fast, in-field provisioning. The starter kit is now in stock and available for purchase.

Soon to join the growing Sentrius family of IoT devices are the IG60-BL654-LTE and IG60-SERIAL-LTE gateways. With global 4G LTE Cat 1 wireless connectivity with 3G and 2G fallback, these upcoming gateways are suited for global IoT applications in harsh environments.

The IG60-BL654-LTE will also be available in a starter kit option which will include the Sentrius BT510 Bluetooth 5 sensors. Certifications will include PTCRB, GCF, and AT&T.

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