Emily Kasman visited the official Cisco blog to present the company’s new modules for LoRaWAN and 450MHz LTE and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Unveiled at this year’s Mobile World Congress in February 2023, the new modules take the form of two pluggable interface modules (PIMs) designed for the Cisco Catalyst IR1100 Rugged Series routers. One module provides long-range wide area network (LoRaWAN) connectivity and the other provides 450MHz private LTE connectivity.
“Wireless networking technologies are constantly evolving. The Cisco Catalyst IR1101 is a modular router that supports a variety of backhaul technologies to meet your exact needs: Ethernet and xDSL, as well as many different 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G radio bands and categories. Pluggable modules can be easily swapped out to adapt to changes and avoid costly upgrades, especially when 2G and 3G services are phased out. The Cisco Catalyst IR1101 can be expanded to host a second wireless cellular module and more Ethernet and serial ports, as well as general input/output (GPIO) and data storage to handle the most advanced use cases.
Cisco LoRaWAN Internet of Things modules
“Customers have asked us to connect their battery-powered LoRaWAN sensors to their networks – and we’re delivering with the new LoRaWAN module. The module enables the Cisco Catalyst IR1100 Rugged Series router to be a LoRaWAN gateway, providing LoRaWAN connectivity for industrial IoT sensors that typically require low bandwidth, are battery powered, and can be deployed in hard-to-reach locations .
“Unlike many other LoRaWAN connectivity solutions, the new module in the Catalyst IR1101 fits into space-constrained and distributed industrial environments, giving customers the flexibility and scalability to install in the locations that are best for them. Additionally, using the two-module Catalyst IR1101 enables an integrated LoRaWAN gateway with 4G/5G backhaul capabilities in a single router that is easy to deploy in tight spaces.”
Unfortunately, no information has been released on pricing or global availability yet, but as always we will update you as soon as information becomes available. In the meantime, go to the official Cisco LoRaWAN product page for more information, videos, and specifications.
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