Why your GrubHub order doesn’t arrive without IoT

I have to admit; I was not one of the early adopters when it came to using food apps. Perhaps it is my age, maybe it is my level of pickiness when eating, or perhaps it is that I am a decent cook. Whatever the reason, I never saw what all of the fuss was about until COVID.

 

While we have not become regular users of the delivery apps, they had brought us some of our favourite meals that we were missing when the dining areas of restaurants were shut down.

 

The ability to get food from dozens of restaurants is something that most of us never saw coming, and if it were not for many IoT components, it would never have happened in the first place! IoT has allowed for two major trends in the restaurant world to occur food delivery apps and the “virtual kitchen.”

 

Food Delivery apps

 

These apps rely on three key pieces of technology to happen:

  1. The location of where you are (which is often done using GPS or other location-based services).
  2. The area of the closest available delivery person (using the GPS of their phones)
  3. Internet connectivity on three sides (the application’s servers, the restaurant and the user) provides cellular-based connectivity on at least one connection.

 

If any of these components were not functioning, much of the convenience of the process would disappear. This includes how you can track the location of your food while avoiding being surprised while in the shower, which is the UPS driver's domain!

 

Virtual Kitchen/Restaurant

 

For some, this is a new term that you may not be familiar with. We are all familiar with our local restaurant, where they have a fixed address that we go and visit. However, there is a growing trend in the food business where there is no actual storefront for you to visit a restaurant; instead, you can only place orders via your favourite food delivery app.

 

Many of these “restaurants” share kitchen facilities with other “restaurants,” which lowers their operating costs. It may be underutilized kitchens or facilities like schools that rent them out on the weekend for extra revenue.

 

Since their only way to receive orders from customers is via the application, most of these places have more than one way of accessing the Internet (in the event of an outage). Some of them use cellular-based routers to enable high-speed connectivity, especially in places where it is not feasible to have a landline installed (such as at a school cafeteria).

 

When you combine these new inventions, it is easy to see how it is changing the restaurant business forever (whether it is good or bad, I will leave you to decide). Either way, you can thank IoT for allowing it all to happen in the first place!

Kids may not go back to school in September… IoT is here to help either way

For the past two months, my wife (along with millions of other parents) is doing her new day job: a 3rd and 9th-grade teacher. The kids are still doing a fair amount of work online through various platforms and seem to be maintaining some schedule. Like most parents, though, we are wondering how long this can continue as it is.  

There has been an increasing number of reports in many areas that these practices will continue until there is a vaccine readily available. We are seeing this in many post-secondary institutions already moving to online only for the upcoming fall semester. So, how can we improve things if our kids are still home when September rolls around?

IoT is here to help, and it can help both if our kids do stay home or if the kids go back (requiring a fair amount of changes to keep them safe).

 

If the kiddies stay home

 

The idea of this does make me sad. One of my favourite commercials each year is the one from Staples where the parents sing, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year“ while shopping for school supplies. 

In all seriousness, IoT can help solve two issues if the kids stay home.

Each morning when I was in school, the teacher yelled out our name, and we yelled back, “here or present.” We then were pretty much planted in our chairs unless we had permission to get up. 

One issue with remote teaching is that teachers do not always know if kids are in front of their computers. It turns out that kids have figured out how to move around while on Zoom calls.  

One forward-thinking school decided to use Bluetooth seat sensors for their kids. If the child were to get up for more than a couple of seconds, a teacher is notified.

The other issue has to do with connectivity. Many of us with super-fast Internet connections forget that a massive part of the population does not have such luxury, especially in rural areas. 

One way to solve this is through the use of low-cost cellular routers. 4G provides enough bandwidth to get the job done, and today’s routers allow for unwanted / after-hour traffic to be blocked to prevent overages. The costs of each router can be made up by reducing spending on the upkeep of the schools.

 

If the kiddies go back

 

Yes, they are out of the house! But, how do we keep them safe and not have to shut the schools down again?  

One of the main symptoms of the virus is an elevated temperature, so scanning the kids for fever is a must. However, waiting until they are inside is too late; they may pass along the virus on the bus or in the schoolyard. We need to move the scanners out to the edge of the school property or on the bus. Mobile IoT scanners can be hooked up to smartphones or cellular modems to make this happen.

Once they are on the property, we need to ensure that they are social distancing. 

There are two ways, depending on the age of the children. For the younger ones, video scanning technology can help. It uses AI to note that kids are too close to each other and can keep track of this (in the event of a reported infection). For the older ones, we can use what is always in their pockets (or their hands)- their smartphones. In many jurisdictions around the world, Bluetooth-based tracking can track the distance between students and keep track of who may have been near an infected student.

The last thing has to do with kids being homesick. With temperatures being taken, more children will likely not be allowed to attend, often for up to 2-3 weeks at a time. This threatens to put them far behind their classmates. This is where smartboards come into play.

Now, the use of smartboards is far from new, but they are incredible for enabling the sharing of information. The teachers can easily share videos as well as the remote students, can easily see what is being written on the board. It also allows for improved interaction with the rest of the class.

Parents are excited for their kids to go back to school in the fall. 

However, no one wants to put them into an unsafe situation. IoT can help not only keep them safe but also to help them thrive in these tough times

COVID is making it tougher for retailers to use IoT to fight off Amazon

I have written before about how much I am not a big fan of malls (or any in-store shopping for that matter). I usually know what I want, and, if available online, I will typically buy it. Based on trends over the past decade, I may be somewhat alone on this, as the percentage of people who shop has not accelerated as much as you would think (or as the media has suggested). However, COVID has started to change that, and this is a troubling trend for retailers.

To get people into their stores, it has become incumbent on retailers to offer a level of service/experience that could not be matched online. One of the ways that they were doing this involved IoT solutions, allowing for an incredible level of customization.
Sadly, the virus has put a bit of a damper on this, at least for now.

 

Self-search Kiosks

 

While they have been prevalent in malls' main corridors, stores were only starting to deploy touch screens to allow customers to navigate the store better.
They were able to direct the customer as to where an item was, inform them of the stock level and, in some cases, even have an employee waiting there when they arrived at the spot. While people have not abandoned using touch screens entirely, many will avoid using them, regardless of the precautions that have been taken.

 

Interactive displays

 

I wrote about this in my book and previous blogs. I had to buy a new faucet for a bathroom and walked into the hardware store to see this massive wall of metal. I had no idea which faucet to look at it. The smart display made this easy. It started by lighting up all of the faucets, and as I went through the checklist, it turned off the light for ones that no longer met my criteria. Once I picked one, it quickly highlighted where to find it on the shelf.

Like the self-search kiosk, customers may not be overly excited about first spending a lot of time in the store and interacting with a screen. The same holds for displays that allowed someone to visualize what a particular colour (or piece of furniture) would look like in their room. People are streamlining their time in stores and will not stick around for these features.

 

Free Wi-Fi and coffee stations

 

Many stores have been using cellular technology to provide free Wi-Fi (using it to create a network that is not connected to their leading network) for their customers. At the same time, people may still want some coffee while shopping; they are more likely to want it to go for the ride home.

 

Smart dressing rooms

 

While most dressing rooms have simple mirrors, forward-thinking retailers have started to use smart mirrors to help to increase sales. Imagine you were inside a store and had brought in a new top into the dressing room. You try it on, and then you think, "Will this go with the skirt/pants that I bought last week?" or perhaps, "I don't have a skirt/pants that will match this?" Not to worry, it has you covered. First, as it would recognize you from your previous visit, it would be able to not only know what skirt you had bought but also use AI to visualize how they would look together. It could also do the same for a piece that you did not already have available in the store. It could even allow you to ask for an associate to bring it to you with the touch of a button.

Now, don't get me wrong. Over the long term, these (and other IoT-based technologies) will help brick-and-mortar stores fight against online shopping. But, until a vaccine, customers may be a little nervous about using them. They are still worth investigating for most retailers, in the long run, perhaps installing them in 2021.

Securing 5G: How do we secure a “dirty network?”

5G is everywhere. It is not the actual network itself, as it is only available sparingly in some areas but instead, let's talk about how our lives are going to change. Who needs to go to a hospital when your doctor can operate from anywhere? Traffic jams? 

They will disappear once we all have self-driving cars that talk to the network and each other.

 

But, can this all indeed be done securely?

To explain, let’s go back in time just a bit. The whole reason for the development of the Internet by the US Military was to create (this quote is from the New York Times) “a reliable network out of unreliable parts.” The Internet was built with many checks and balances to ensure that your data always made it safely to the other side during times of disaster. However, this left open many security flaws that are still being exploited today.

The original network was not designed for billions of access points and billions of users, most of which are far from technically inclined. By default, the Internet is a “dirty network.” Sure, we have taken precautions, such as data encryption, to ensure that you can safely send your credit card information to Amazon, but what about the network itself?

Take a significant electrical grid that covers a city. The manufacturers of the different hardware components and the utility can take precautions to protect the security of the data. But, can they prevent every attempt to take over the network itself? This network would have thousands of entry points, whether put in intentionally or not. 

This is a considerable threat.

The threat becomes worse when you think of the possible widespread nature of “planted backdoors.” The theory is that many governments could demand that manufacturers put in a backdoor in their equipment to allow them to manipulate a device or even the entire network. While this is dangerous during peacetime, it is downright scary during a time of war; taking over financial, power and security systems would weaken your enemy.

 

So, how does 5G play into this?

Before 5G, most cellular data network traffic was user-centric; you looked up information on the Internet, posted stuff on social media or sent the e-mail. 

While machines did talk to each other, they did so at nowhere near the frequency that we expect to happen on 5G. 

It is anticipated that billions of devices will talk to each other in an effort to automate everyday life more.

 

How can we possibly secure each device and the network that they run on?

Naturally, you can’t. This is the dilemma of securing 5G or any network of its size. Sure, there are things you can do to protect your device, but ultimately, if there is a backdoor into your device, it could be moot. 

We need to be diligent about inspections of factories and products, and we need to put pressure on all parties (network providers, device manufacturers and software providers) to look harder for security flaws and increase penalties for failing to do so. Finally, as consumers, you need to ensure that you are enabling all security features and encryption and only buying popular products- but will that be enough?

5G in Canada

Many Canadians have questions about the elusive 5G. Although other countries have had great success with 5G, we still haven't seen Canada take to 5G as quickly as many originally thought. Here is a brief article about 5G, what it is, and when it's set to thrive in Canada.

 

What is 5G?

5G stands for "fifth-generation technology" standard for cellular networks, which mobile phone companies began deploying worldwide in 2019. South Korea has the highest number of cities with 5G availability, followed by China, the US, and the UK. So, where does that leave Canada?  In this chart below, we'll take a look at 4 of Canada's largest carriers, and how they're planning to unveil in the coming years for 5G in the Canadian market.

 

Why is 5G better than 4G? 

5G's biggest differentiator to 4G will be as a gateway for the Internet of Things-connected world at scale. Eventually, 5G networking will be revolutionary for data-driven industries, smart cities and infrastructure management because it will be possible to have many more devices working, reliably, securely, and uninterrupted in the same area. While many are excited about the personal benefits of advantages like faster streaming, the business potential for IoT is incredible.

 

Main Advantages of 5G

Leading Carriers have outlined the primary benefits of switching to 5G, citing faster speed, lower latency, increased capacity as helpful for both the consumer and business. 

Bell has estimated their Speeds will be up to 6x faster than LTE. This would mean large files can download in seconds, videos can be streamed in the highest resolution, and users will benefit from overall a quicker, better experience. Another critical advantage for business users in remote areas is they would see a significant increase in speed, especially those without access to fibre technology. 

Customers would see an increase in the capacity of connected devices by 1000x. More capacity is particularly significant for the Internet of Things deployments, such as smart cities, with the capability to support millions of connected devices. Plus, with increased data network capacity, overall speeds and connectivity are expected to be maintained, even during peak hours, regardless of how large an event or deployment.

Say goodbye to delays with lower latency than ever before. 5G will enable the fastest wireless device connection, near real-time, with lower latency.  

When Will Canada Get 5G?

Rogers 5G has launched in Canada and is supported by the new Samsung Galaxy S20 5G smartphones. Bell and Telus have beta programs testing 5G and should launch later this year. Smaller, regional carreirs like Freedom Mobile, SaskTel and Videotron have been testing 5G too, but none have public estimates for when the new networks will deploy. Low-band technologies that allow longer range and high-band signals that increase download speeds should launch in 2021.

When is Rogers rolling out 5G?

The Rogers 5G network launched in January 2020. There are plans to cover 20 more markets by the end of the year

 

Where will 5G be available on the Rogers Network?

Rogers 5G will be in the downtown core of Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal with plans for expansion.

 

Who are Partnering with Rogers on 5G?

Ericsson

 

Rogers Coverage Map

See below for the Rogers 5G Coverage Map. Or, click this link to see the most up-to-date version of the Rogers 5G Coverage Map.

When is Bell rolling out 5G?

"Soon" Bell has hit three major milestones for 5G development

 

Where will 5G be available on the Bell network?

Currently, offering 5G speeds in cities like Kingston and Toronto with more coming soon.

 

Who are Bell's partners?

Nokia

 

Bell 5G Coverage Map

See below for the Bell 5G Coverage Map. Or, click this link to see the most up-to-date version of the Bell 5G Coverage Map.

When is Telus rolling out 5G?

In Canada, we need spectrum to launch 5G, so it’s quite possible we will have a few launches in 2020, and I expect in 2021 we will have a very large deployment of 5G,” - Bernard Bureau, TELUS VP of Network & Architecture Strategy

 

Where will 5G be available on the 5G Network?

Montreal, and Ottawa currently have towers to support 5G.

 

Who are Telus's 5G partners?

Huawei

 

Telus 5G Coverage Map

See below for the Telus 5G Coverage Map. Or, click this link to see the most up-to-date version of the Telus 5G Coverage Map.

When will 5G be available through Videotron?

Videotron plans to launch commercial LTE-A and 5G services in late 2020.

 

Where will 5G be available on the Videotron Network?

Samsung will deliver solutions across Quebec and Ottawa.

 

Who are Videotron's 5G partners?

Samsung

 

Videotron 5G Coverage Map

See below for the Videotron 5G Coverage Map. Or, click this link to see the most up-to-date version of the Videotron 5G Coverage Map.

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Why companies who “automated” have fared the best in 2020

As an avid follower of the stock market, I am always on the lookout for an early sign of a trend to make money. There have been some great long-term trends over the past few years, ranging from the move for people to eat healthier, the “greening” of the energy market and, of course, the move towards IoT and other disruptive technologies.

 

The onset of the pandemic caused the overall stock market to plunge in a manner that has not happened in our lifetimes. However, the pain was not felt equally by everyone. Many companies saw a spike in their sales (I mean, who thought we would see Chef Boyardee become a big thing again) while others like Disney dropped precipitously due to the closing of their parks and cruises. 

 

Throughout all of this, however, there is an exciting trend among all industries. Those who have implemented different forms of remote working and, primarily, automation have fared better than those who did not. All of the automation in the world might not have helped particular industries during this crisis. You can fully automate a baseball stadium, but if there are bans on large crowds, it wouldn’t matter at all. However, many companies were not quite in that drastic of a situation, yet did not fare that much better.

 

Just look at companies that moved towards automating their warehouse and stores; they had fewer cases of COVID and saw fewer drops in their productivity levels. The same goes for companies that have moved away from having human analysts and now use software-based programs. These include industries such as the financial markets that have seen minimal issues over the past two months. You may say, “Well, my business needs to have face-to-face interaction, so those do not apply to me.” However, there are almost always ways that automation, especially IoT, can help. 

 

Remote sensors can prevent property maintenance teams from having to go on-site as often. At the same time, smart video surveillance systems can allow you to interact with visitors without having to be in front of them. As I have written before, I think that the pandemic will be a wake-up call for many companies who will now explore technology from a completely different angle. 

Previously, it was all about the cost of automation when compared to the cost of an employee or contractor- did it make sense to invest? Now, I think many companies will see technology (remote computing, automation, IoT, etc.) as a way to not only reduce costs but also to ensure they have a better emergency plan for next time.

 

 

Where does the average small business want to look? Here are a few ideas:

  • As you move towards putting things on the cloud (for access from anywhere), all of your key sites will need to have a backup method of accessing the Internet. Think cellular routers here as a low-cost method of protection.
  • Sensor-based solutions are great for letting your team know what is going on from anywhere; ideal when you are trying to social distance
  • Robots may be costly for many businesses, but there is an increasing amount of lower-cost devices on the way. These may be used for greeting customers, working in high-risk areas or even for deliveries. They are also ideal for riskier roles or those that may cause physical injury.
  • As we can gather more information than ever before, software packages are allowing for data to be crunched and actions to be taken in ways that would have been science-fiction a decade ago. There are cloud-based and turn-key services that fit the budget of even the smallest companies.

 

If you are looking at making a move, do remember that there are many emerging cellular technologies out there to allow you to do more than ever before. If your business needs blazing speeds for communication, 5G will be just what the doctor ordered. If you just need reliable connectivity for small bits of data, CAT-M is made for you.  

How IoT optimizes the Construction and Infrastructure Industry  

When one thinks of construction, a lot of things may come to mind: cool pieces of large machinery, very tall cranes and of course, very hard-working men and women. One thing that you might not think of is technology, and that belief is well-founded. The construction and infrastructure industry has been routinely ranked very low in technology use compared to other sectors.

With several large projects likely to take place (thanks to the expected large stimulus packages), I want to cover different ways that IoT is helping maximize the work done while reducing costs and making it safer.

Precision GPS

Most of us think of GPS as something that is reasonably accurate. Your smartphone roughly knows where you are, and this is accurate enough to get you to the closest Starbucks. However, if you are building large-scale projects, you need to have a higher level of accuracy. Precision GPS solutions are being used to ensure that things go where they are supposed to by accuracy down to the inch. Precision GPS is also heavily used in the agriculture space.

Point to Point communication

Imagine a construction site before it starts; do you visualize a high-speed Internet connection? In most cases, construction (both new and upgrades) often takes place in areas that are not covered by traditional landline services. While there are a few ways to solve this issue, one way is using a technology that uses Point to Point communication, which is when you set up two “points” to communicate. This set-up enables you to extend an existing connection from a nearby source.

Technologies (like Free Space Optics) are built to allow for a rugged and easy to set up solution. They are ideal for extending coverage (such as for a new building) and can easily be re-used for the next project when once finished.

GPS Tracking

The construction industry uses some huge (and expensive) “toys” to do their work. 

They are not only expensive to buy/lease but are also costly to operate. These tools need to be up and working at all times to avoid expensive losses of productivity.

GPS Tracking allows you to know where they are and how they are operating at all times. This both reduces the chance of theft and reduces on-going operating costs.

Monitoring of “previously unmonitorable” equipment

In the previous point, we covered how large vehicles are tracked. Due to the costs involved, it was easy to justify the cost of doing so. However, what about things that are not quite as valuable but still vital: think construction fencing, smaller equipment and even the porta-potty?

The lower cost of IoT hardware, as well as the reduced size that has been introduced by technologies such as CAT-M and LoRa, have opened up the ability to monitor equipment more than ever before. This reduces the chance of loss and maximizes your uptime.

Sensors

IoT, as I always say, is about information. With so many things going on at most sites, it is impossible to know everything that is going on, increasing the chance of accidents. 

Sensors can provide valuable information to warn about things before they happen. This may be vibration sensors that can alert to early signs of an earthquake, it can be heated/cold sensors that alert to conditions that may make it unsafe to work, it can be humidity sensors that alert to levels that may damage essential supplies- or it can be motion sensors that alert to an unwanted presence after hours.

On-person biometrics

Sensors help you keep track of the status and condition of critical assets. This also holds true for your most valuable assets: your team members. 

First used by the military for soldiers in combat, biometric sensors in clothing are being used by some companies to alert to issues with key team members, such as those driving the large cranes on sites.

Whether it be from an illness, work accident or environmental issue, you can be alerted when this team member has a problem, even if they are unable to tell you so themselves.

Automation: COVID-19 is removing opposition like never before

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One of the most heated topics in the world of retail used to be, “should you use the automated checkout line?” Many people were adamantly against the use of them as they felt they were putting cashiers out of work. However, I am not sure that this is as much the case anymore.

On my last trip to the grocery store, I noticed that more people (much to my dismay) were using the self-checkout and not going to the cashier to pay for their items. Not surprisingly, the cashier did not seem to mind this as well. It appears that COVID may have introduced a new normal, and that includes the higher use of automation than ever before ... I think this is a trend that may continue or even accelerate.

Here are a few reasons why:

People want to limit face-to-face interaction.

Like the checkout experience, I noticed the same when I went to the bank. There were several seniors in line for the bank machine, and I could hear them talking about how they never use this “thing,” which was apparent by the awkwardness that they showed while using it. The same has been noticed by banks that are seeing an increase in online-based activity in some groups that traditionally had never used it.

I don’t see this as a trend that will slow down anytime soon. Expect things like self-serve terminal as fast-food chains, kiosks where you can renew your driver’s license and automated dispensers for items like refilling of propane tanks to start to become more commonplace. 

This change is occurring as people want to limit their close contact with employees and will just become part of the norm going forward.

Better disaster planning

As a vegetarian, I don’t have to worry about the shortage of meat caused by virus spreads at meat plants affecting my daily diet- I mean, I can’t see there being a run on tofu anytime soon. However, I did take notice of these outages for a different reason; they show a significant gap in disaster planning in the meat processing sector. Without workers, these plants come to a screeching halt.

Automation is one way for vital industries like meat processing, food preparation and food retailing to have a plan in place to prevent widespread shortages. 

Much of the decision to automate before was likely driven by financial reasons (did it make business sense to replace workers with machines and software). Now, many companies will do so to ensure continuity of their operations. 

Reducing out of country outsourcing

Ok, stay with me on this one. One of the reasons why many roles in manufacturing and support were outsourced was it was cheaper to do so. However, one flaw that was exposed in this current pandemic is that when the “chips are down,” you may not be able to rely on foreign suppliers to deliver critical goods, as they will often think about their own needs first.

However, going back to the primary reason for outsourcing, many North American factories cannot compete with ones overseas due to the higher wages paid to North American workers, as well as the cost of higher safety standards. This would mean that a company making masks, as an example, would not be cost-competitive, making them in the US when compared to Vietnam ... unless there were no workers involved. In theory, a factory based on automation may be cost-competitive and be able to compete.

Sure, this is not great for North American workers, who would not see any new roles at these factories, but they were not seeing them anyways. Does it make sense to have a fully automated plant as opposed to outsourcing? I think it does for critical industries, at the very least.

Robots doing high-risk jobs

If you ask the average person what this title means, they may point to the example of a bomb squad robot. Like it happens in the movies, a robot is the one who gets close to the bomb for the first inspection, reducing the chance of a loss of human life. No one ever says, “Hey, why is that robot doing the work of a human?” I think we all accept that it makes sense for this work to be done by machines.

I think this mentality will transfer over to other roles now. I can see your first contact at a hospital ER being done by a robot who takes your temperature. I can also see a robot bringing contagious patients food and medicine in ICU units. In this current environment, I don’t think that many people would complain.

Over time, this will expand as machines become smarter, and the latency of networks drops down to “real-time” ... look for things like remote surgery at disaster sites and drones delivering essential medication to patients at home under quarantine.

The Bottom line

COVID has changed life in ways that most of us could never have imagined. As an example, I was overly excited to finally receive hair clippers from Amazon to cut my hair, something I have not done since I was 5 (and my mom yelled at me for that). I think it is natural that we will accelerate our acceptance of automation in exchange for keeping us safe; however, are we also going to accelerate our move towards training displaced workers?

AirLink® LX60: Dual Ethernet LTE Router Unboxing

Watch our walkthrough video of all ports, LED lights and features on the LX60, as well as the contents in each box you'll receive after purchase.

 

LX60 Benefits

 

The Sierra Wireless AirLink® LX60 is the industry’s first LTE and LTE-M / NB-IoT router for commercial and enterprise applications. The LX60 offers:

  1. Superior coverage - LTE-M/NB-IOT
  2. Connects to a variety of equipment - RS-232, RS-485 and multiple I/O.
  3. Excellent cellular performance - LTE and Global LTE-M/NB-IoT.
  4. Low Power (LPWA) option - excellent for IoT

The LX60 provides purpose-built, secure, reliable, managed LTE networking in IoT applications such as Building Automation, Digital Signage, Taxis, ATMs, Kiosks and Point-of-Sale terminals.

Features

Enhanced Cellular Coverage in Remote or In-Building Location

With LTE-M/NB-IoT support, the LX60 offers superior coverage for enterprise and IoT applications. LPWA cellular technology provides up to 5-10X coverage improvements compared to standard cellular LTE, making it ideal for connecting equipment in remote locations or located deep within buildings, a basement or underground.

Secure, Reliable Out-of-box Connectivity

The LX60 delivers LTE connectivity for business-critical applications as a primary or backup connection. Securely and reliably connect your equipment or people that is ready to go “out-of-the box”. Ideal for global deployments, the LX60 provides cellular LTE-M/NB-IoT (up to 300 Kbps) coverage with a global variant, in addition to LTE (up to 150 Mbps) variants for North America, EMEA, Australia and New Zealand.

Flexible I/O

Connect your equipment with ease with a wide range of I/O options. With dual Gigabit Ethernet , RS-232, RS-485 and multiple digital and analog I/O interfaces, the LX60 has provides the versatility you need to connect a variety of current and legacy field equipment or machines.

Want to learn more about Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) Devices?

Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) networks deliver a new class of wireless technology specifically designed for low data IoT applications.

Download the infographic to learn more about the advantages of LPWA devices.