American Portwell Technology, Inc. (http://www.portwell.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Portwell, Inc., a world-leading technology innovator in the Industrial PC (IPC) and embedded computing markets and an Associate member of the Intel® Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions Alliance, empowering the Internet of Things (IoT) with intelligent gateways and edge devices, announces the Portwell XM-1, the first IoT gateway to feature international patents of highly composable structure. XM-1 satisfies customers’ requests for an IoT gateway solution that can meet the requirements emerging from an extensive range of IoT applications.
System Characteristics of XM-1 Modularized IoT Gateway
§ Modularization mechanism with patents
§ All the communication modules can be hot-plugged on-site without removing the system chassis
§ Supports four different communication technologies: ZigBee, LoRa, Wi-Fi, 2G/3G/LTE (optional)
§ Two board choices: ARM processor-based (more power saving) and X86 processor-based (high computing power)
§ Integration of conventional communications: RS232/422/485 (optional)
§ 4-port Ethernet Switch (optional)
Application Characteristics of XM-1 Modularized IoT Gateway
Ÿ For applications into “diverse” communication interfaces
Due to local/specific infrastructural challenges -- such as transmission distance, geological obstacles, limitation of regulation and/or power consumption -- a system integrator involved in a wide variety of IoT projects might need to deploy a gateway solution, ideally, designed with various communication interfaces to ensure that data can be collected effectively under the same IoT structure. With the modularized design of XM-1, the same system integrator can select and “insert” the communication module/s based on “actual” application needs and requirements instead of preparing several different hardware gateways. For example, intelligent agriculture can utilize LoRa long range, low power wireless technology for collecting data, plus LTE (Long-Term Evolution) high-speed wireless communication to connect to the cloud. In other cases, the system integrator might be required to choose to adopt Wi-Fi instead of LTE, and accordingly the LTE module could be exchanged with a Wi-Fi module swiftly and easily. Portwell’s agile XM-1 modularized IoT gateway not only helps save costs, but also provides remarkable flexibility for unlimited IoT deployments within an evolving IoT world.
Ÿ Enhanced efficiency for facility maintenance and upgrade
When a communication or connectivity system encounters technical issues, or requires an upgrade, engineers no longer need to open the system/gateway chassis. With its hot-plugging capability, XM-1 facilitates easier maintenance and upgrade. This modular design can dramatically decease the training time for technicians and help the enterprises lower costs and enhance efficiency.
Portwell Releases Series of Extremely Flexible Wireless Sensor Nodes for IoT Applications: DS-1/DS-1B
Portwell also announces a series of wireless sensor nodes, DS-1 and DS-1B, supporting Arduino IDE (Integrated Development Environment) and a wide variety of options for sensors and wireless connectivity.
System Characteristics of DS-1/DS-1B Wireless Sensor Nodes
§ Supports ZigBee, LoRa and Wi-Fi for connecting the IoT gateway
§ Supports sensors with different voltages at the same time
§ Transfers sensors data with digital, analog, I²C and more
§ Integrates lithium battery and solar charging, making DS-1B free from space and/or environment limitations
§ Supports popular Arduino development environment
§ Sleep mode and extreme power saving feature
Application Characteristics of DS-1/DS-1B Wireless Sensor Nodes
Ÿ Connecting numerous sensors under limited space condition
The DS-1 series integrates numerous sensors with the electronic and mechanical characteristics, dramatically decreasing circuit and mechanical complexity. The DS-1 series is a highly flexible sensor node solution that makes construction easier, faster and simpler.
Ÿ Can be applied in almost any IoT application imaginable
1. Smart Home
Adopting the Wi-Fi communication module and integrating sensors of smoke, CO (carbon monoxide), gas, temperature, humidity and PIR (passive infrared) motion, the DS-1 sensor node series enables an intelligent system to rapidly understand the home environment and provide a more comfortable and safer living experience.
2. Intelligent Agriculture
With LoRa long range, low power wireless technology and sensors of soil humidity, CO2 (carbon dioxide) and UV, the DS-1 sensor node series enables an intelligent system to collect useful and valuable data to empower smart farming, such as analyzing the best cultivation plan for the highest yields.
3. Intelligent Factory
Adopting the Wi-Fi or ZigBee communication module and integrating sensors of flame, combustible gas, alcohol, harmful gas and vibration, the DS-1 sensor node series helps place factory operation under smart control by providing an intelligent system that detects if any of these factors might be at a level that risks interrupting the factory’s operation.
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