USB dongles add Wirepas Massive to existing networks, equipment

September 24, 2021 // By Rich Pell
USB dongles add Wirepas Massive to existing networks, equipment
Electronic and system components company Fujitsu Components America has introduced a series of USB dongles featuring built-in Wirepas Massive mesh network connectivity.

The FWM8BLZ09x USB dongles are offered as providing a simple and cost-effective way to bring Wirepas Massive Anchor or Tag functions to any equipment with a USB port or Wirepas Massive Sink function to any existing Wi-Fi gateway that is capable of supporting Wirepas gateway software. Anchor functionality could also be added to an existing Wi-Fi gateway for asset tracking via an extra USB port, without needing any gateway software.

Target applications include indoor location and tracking of people and assets on a massive scale with the Anchor and Tag nodes. Additionally, existing mesh sensor networks can be extended utilizing the Sink node and a supporting gateway for industrial IoT monitoring solutions within smart offices, factories, warehouses, hospitals, schools, and more.

The series includes Anchor (FWM8BLZ09P), Tag (FWM8BLZ09T) and Sink (FWM8BLZ09S) dongles based on the Nordic nRF52833. All are powered by a standard, Type A USB interface, with only the Sink node utilizing any data communication for a Wirepas gateway application.

The dongles have a 17.5 x 14.2 x 6.6 mm footprint, an LED power indicator light, and an operating temperature of -30 to +60°C. They are currently FCC/ISED, CE and Radio Act Japan certified, with RCM certification (Australia) in-progress and RSM certification (New Zealand) planned.

Samples are available immediately, and production orders will begin in September.

Fujitsu Components America

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