Cellular Routers and Gateways
The increasing role of cellular routers in M2M and industrial applications is indisputable. In locations where cable is impractical or undesirable, it’s easy to see the fundamental value of cellular’s ROI purely as a cable replacement technology. Using cellular to provide network failover coverage also delivers a solid ROI for business continuity. However, remote monitoring and management of assets at the edge of your network can get a little tricky. The network edge can include network, device and environmental difficulties not suitable for conventional routers. That is where you need advanced, full featured industrial routers with the flexible connectivity, multiple port options, smart applications and LINUX scripting capability that make an intelligent router truly perform.
With the lowest total cost of ownership in industrial applications…..Spectre is a smart choice.
Choose the Best Router for Your Application
Cellular Routers for Business Continuity (Failover)
No wired Internet connection can provide 100 percent uptime. Above ground cabling and utility poles are vulnerable to extreme weather. Below ground infrastructure is regularly damaged by construction mishaps. Occasional service disruptions are inevitable.
Few businesses can afford Internet downtime these days, especially those that rely upon access to resources that reside in the cloud. Whether the damage to the company manifests itself as lost revenue, diminished productivity, or an irritating experience for customers, most businesses have become highly dependent upon uninterrupted Internet connectivity.
Spectre cellular routers provide a simple, drop in solution. When wired connectivity is available they can use it as the primary connection, with no need for data plans. But when connectivity is lost they will automatically switch over to the cellular networks until the wired connectivity is restored.
Cellular Routers as Your Primary Connections
Whether it’s a remote construction site, an outdoor community event or a traveling carnival, there will be times and places where wired Internet connectivity simply isn’t available. Cellular routers can step into the gap and provide primary Internet connections for both local area networks and individual pieces of equipment. Spectre routers can connect to devices using a wide range of protocols and technologies, including Wi-Fi, Ethernet, RS232/422/485 and even Modbus.
So whether it’s a credit card machine at an outdoor event or the office trailer at a construction site, Spectre cellular routers can supply Internet connectivity virtually anywhere wherever you need it.
Machine to Machine (M2M)
Devices often need to be connected in locations that make cabling overly expensive or even impossible. It might be a new vending machine – the location is perfect, but the property owner won’t permit trenching for cable. It could be a retail kiosk in a mall, and once again cabling isn’t an option. Sometimes devices are simply so remote that providing a cable connection is out of the question, like a well pumping station out in the desert or a traffic cam along an isolated stretch of highway.
Spectre cellular routers provide an easy, low cost alternative to cable. Spectre routers can provide Internet connections for remote devices anywhere there’s cellular service. For a device like an ATM machine, or that pump station in the desert, a basic model like the Spectre Libratum would serve your needs. But if you needed huge bandwidth, as in a full motion security camera application, you would be more likely to select the Spectre 4G LTE. No single router model is the best for every task.
One of the most exciting IoT applications is remote sensing. B+B’s Wzzard Sensing Platform, for example, gives industry standard sensors wireless capabilities by connecting them to wireless Intelligent Edge Nodes that report the sensor data to Spectre Network Gateways. Spectre Network Gateways are cellular routers equipped with a Dust chip that supports the MQTT protocol for wireless mesh networking.
Spectre cellular routers can also provide long range connectivity for devices that use more traditional protocols. In the old city of Prague, for example, the local heat distribution utility used Spectre routers to connect new metering devices all along their pipelines, thus avoiding the need to negotiate cable right of ways with hundreds of property owners along the necessary routes. Spectre routers can be easily configured to connect to devices using protocols like RS-232 and Modbus, and to convert the protocols for use on Ethernet networks, providing an excellent cable alternative for both new and existing technologies.
Cellular Networking for Mobile Assets
Sometimes wireless connectivity isn’t just the best option; it’s the only option. Mobile assets like delivery vehicles can’t be tethered to cable connections; they can only do their jobs when they’re in motion. Spectre cellular routers can give those mobile assets Internet connectivity wherever they may roam. With their ability to support robust security protocols and virtual private networking, Spectre routers not only provide mobile Internet connections; they protect your data from unauthorized access.
- Image and video transfer
- Large camera systems monitoring
- Camera motion control
- Security systems connections
- Remote control of high-voltage sectional switches
- Measurement and control of devices in transformer stations
- Remote readouts of electric meters, smart metering
- Monitoring small power plants – water, wind, photovoltaic power plants
- Monitoring billboards, movable/mobile commercial panels
- Video commercial system contents update
- Information kiosks, traffic navigation systems
- Transfer of data provided by meteorological stations and sensors
- Air quality measurement and monitoring
- Flood control systems, early warning information systems for municipalities and industrial enterprises
- Monitoring and prediction of weather related and natural occurrences
- Gas and radiation detection systems
- Monitoring vending and dispensing machines
- Parking ticket and highway toll machines
- Self-service gas stations
- Information kiosks
- Meteorological measurements
- Traffic density cameras and monitoring
- Road infrastructure monitoring – traffic signs, crossroads, tunnels
- Parking systems, information boards
- Railway and trolley cars
Choose Any Wireless Carrier
B+B cellular routers are certified for use with numerous cellular carriers and providers. You can work with the carrier who best suits your needs.
The Spectre™ Series
Available in North America
The Spectre™ series industrial M2M router is built and optimized for critical infrastructure applications in the most challenging and remote locations and environments. The simplified plug-and-play design with extensive remote management enables you to quickly configure, deploy and customize your installation from anywhere over an IP network.
Available in the European Union and Latin America
Modular routers can be configured for any conceivable cellular data networking application. The Bivias v2 router, for example, contains two completely independent communication modules, allowing it to make use of the infrastructure of two cellular service providers at the same time. The user, of course, defines which module will serve as the main connection and which will serve as the backup. Like the Spectre series, these routers provide a full range of connectivity options, connecting both LANs and individual devices using Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Modbus, RS-232/422/485 and IoT protocols.