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Gateway targets M2M wireless communications

Posted: 05 Jan 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:access point gateway  M2M  Bluetooth  Ethernet 

Laird Technologies Inc. releases APG BT W400 wireless access point gateway that is designed to act as a network node and to bridge common types of wireless, network and serial data protocols for remote data acquisition and control.

According to the company, the gateway is geared for M2M wireless communications and for connecting Bluetooth-enabled devices in a personal area network to IP network via Ethernet or WLAN, such as Bluetooth Point of Sale (POS), scanners, and handheld devices for retail and healthcare applications.


The APG BT W400 integrates Bluetooth, Ethernet and 802.11b/g.

Based on Laird Technologies' Bluetooth platform, the APG offers four class 1 Bluetooth modules, Ethernet and WLAN communication as a standard package. Built on an embedded Linux OS, the device supports application development and customisation using Lua scripting language and optional support for Python, and Java (JVM). Laird Technologies said the gateway delivers versatile functionality to add applications, offers flexible configuration via web or console, and provides multiple connectivity options using USB, RS232 and RJ45 ports.

"The APG W400 features a multi-radio modular architecture and builds on Laird Technologies' family of Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum radios, including the BISM2, or an optional LT2510, and integrates Bluetooth, Ethernet and 802.11b/g in a compact form factor," stated Sachin Andhare, Laird Technologies product manager. "The gateway is an innovative platform that can bridge two different networks, aggregate data from up to 28 nodes, enable data processing using custom application scripts and log to a remote server, thereby simplifying the deployment of M2M applications."

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