Long-range Bluetooth I/O sensor for harsh IoT environments

December 02, 2020 //By Rich Pell
Long-range Bluetooth I/O sensor for harsh IoT environments
Wireless technology company Laird Connectivity has announced a long-range Bluetooth I/O sensor for cloud monitoring in harsh IoT environments.

The Sentrius BT610 I/O Sensor , says the company, is a Bluetooth 5 sensor platform that turns wired sensors into IP67-rated, battery-operated wireless nodes that provide robust and secure messaging. Powered by the company's BL654 (Nordic nRF52840) Bluetooth module, the device delivers full Bluetooth 5 capabilities for a wide range of remote monitoring applications.

"Our goal with creating this solution is to provide a reliable and robust platform for companies that need to gather actionable IoT intelligence in unforgiving environments," says Chris Boorman, senior product manager at Laird Connectivity. "Bluetooth 5 coded PHY gives extended range over traditional Bluetooth and it enables customers to cover many different sensing applications, delivering the range and flexibility that they need."

The BT610 hardware supports virtually any industry standard external sensor through its wide range of sensor interface options - general purpose analog inputs, digital input/output, I2C, and SPI. Pre-canned configurations of the BT610 coupled with external sensors are available for HVAC monitoring, three-phase AC current sensing, and tank monitoring solutions. These configurations enable users to read and report sensor data to the cloud, define alarm conditions, and configure the sensors through an associated mobile app (Android and iOS).

The BT610 comes with ready-to-deploy binary software and mobile app, written to support multiple analog and digital inputs/outputs or support pre-canned target applications. Alternatively, customers can use either Nordic nRF Connect SDK or Zephyr RTOS to develop their own custom applications.

The device has a rugged IP67 enclosure including a pressure vent, high-gain internal antenna with IPEX locking connector, and long-range Bluetooth 5 connectivity (LE Coded PHY), and will seamlessly operate with the company's IG60 Gateway, allowing enterprises to create a full device-to-cloud ecosystem. It is fully certified for FCC, ISED, EU, RCM, MIC, and is Bluetooth SIG listed.

Personal support and customization services are also available including custom branding, packaging, and application development.

Laird Connectivity


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