French IoT specialist Kerlink has announced the launch of its new LoRaWAN gateway line, targeting use cases in smart buildings, smart cities and other digital applications that require dedicated indoor coverage and/or network densification.
The company said in a release that its Wirnet iFemtoCell-evolution leverages the same software as Kerlink’s Wirnet iBTS, iStation, and iFemtoCell equipment, a synergy that allows LoRaWAN IoT network owners to reduce operational costs. The new gateway offers a more intuitive design and is also supported by the Wanesy Management Center, Kerlink’s software suite for operations, monitoring and management of IoT networks.
“The Wirnet iFemtoCell-evolution pushes the limits of possibilities for robust and flexible indoor IoT networks while remaining notably simple in terms of deployment,” said Jean-Philippe Balberde, innovative products and solutions marketing manager at Kerlink. “It meets the requirements of today and tomorrow’s LoRaWAN IoT networks: quick integration, fast deployment and easy day-to-day administration.”
The new LoRaWAN gateway also offers flexible power options, mixing a 90-264VAC/12VDC power supply with jack connector provided, a 5VDCpower/USB-C and an uninterrupted power supply granting 24h autonomy, to cover a wide range of field use-cases, Kerlink said.
The company added that the addition of 3G/4G-backhaul connectivity means more versatility in cellular connectivity, and serves as an alternative option in countries where 3G is inadequate or is being decommissioned.
Additionally, the Wirnet iFemtoCell-evolution supports Kerlink Wanesy Small Private Network Version 2, a software that bundles a LoRaWAN gateway management system and a LoRaWAN network server.
The new gateway means additional deployment options using Kerlink’s Wirnet portfolio and “empowers users to deploy ambitious IoT applications mixing indoor and outdoor use-cases, along with different backhauling options,” according to the company.
Designed for indoor LoRaWAN small private network deployments, Wirnet iFemtoCell-evolution supports multiple ISM bands, such as 868Mhz, 915Mhz, and 923Mhz, and is certified by key regulatory agencies in Europe (CE), the U.S. (FCC), Canada (IC), and South Korea (KC), and in other countries.