Wi-Fi HaLow dev platform targets large-scale industrial IoT

August 14, 2019 //By Rich Pell
Wi-Fi HaLow dev platform targets large-scale industrial IoT
Wi-Fi Alliance member Adapt has announced a Wi-Fi HaLow Development Platform (HDP) family for system integrators and application developers targeting the industrial IoT market.

The HDP-100 and HDP-200 systems support the IEEE 802.11ah (Wi-Fi HaLow) standard and are offered as providing a complete hardware and software development environment in a small-form factor for use across multiple industry segments including agriculture, construction, logistics, retail, security, smart home, and transportation.

"Wi-Fi HaLow enables an unprecedented solution for the wide-spread deployment of large-scale IoT solutions, as it meets the critical market needs for distance, speed, power and security," says Michael McNamara, CEO and co-founder of Adapt. "Utilizing license-free spectrum and the potential for multi-year battery operation, it will enable a whole new class of applications and business models."

Wi-Fi HaLow operates in the sub-gigahertz, license-free frequencies of the ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) bands, enabling a longer range of more than 1 km while using less power than existing Wi-Fi technologies, including operation on a coin cell battery. Additional benefits of the 802.11ah standard, says the company, include better penetration through buildings, support for up to 8191 stations (STA) per Access Point (AP), and support for WPA3 for authentication and encryption.

The HDP family includes:

  • HDP-100 - Targeted at in-house development teams, includes the FPGA-based systems, software drivers, digital signal processing and radio transceiver for limited range communication, and API to connect to targeted software applications.
  • HDP-200 - Useful for initial pilot project deployments, includes all of the HDP-100 functionality, plus an integrated power amplifier which supports the >1km communication range.

Development teams incorporating the HDP systems can create pilot installations today using these FPGA-based systems in advance of the company's System-on-Chip (SoC) solution for large-scale, cost-effective deployments, which is expected to be sampling in the first half of 2020.

Entry-level pricing for the HDP-100 including initial technical support starts at $35,000, and is available today. Package pricing for the HDP-200 starts at $50,000, with availability as of September 2019.

Adapt


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