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OEM Embedded Wi-Fi for Mobile Devices

The Challenge

One doesn’t ordinarily think of forklifts as vehicles, but large warehouses often enough of them that equipping the fleet with mobile wireless connections confers great advantages. Central control can ensure that only authorized operators are using the equipment. Collisions and accidents can be reduced. Processes like checklist inspection can be automated. And, as with any telematics operation, vehicle maintenance event codes can be tracked and monitored at all times. One of B&B’s customers required an embedded telematics solution for forklifts that could handle high mobility while supplying excellent range and bandwidth.

The Solution
The AirborneM2M line of highly-integrated 802.11 wireless modules allow OEMs to Wi-Fi enable devices used in an array of machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. B&B delivers all of the necessary RF technology, networking stacks and advanced security features in a compact, single board package, reducing integration costs for OEMs and providing for a quick time to market.  Our customer solved the problem with the B&B Electronics WLNN-AN-DP551. The device can connect equipment to networks via either the 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz license free bands. Where the 2.4 Ghz band is overcrowded the device can operate at 5 Ghz. Every radio environment is a bit different, so the ability to use either license free band provides vital flexibility.
 
The AirborneM2M series delivers the industry’s most rugged, highly integrated, embedded Wi-Fi module solution. AirborneM2M modules meet extended operating temperature (-40 to +85 degree C) and shock/vibration specifications of the most demanding M2M applications. Utilizing a 32bit ARM9 processor and the high-performance Atheros AR6203 802.11 radio, the new AirborneM2M modules deliver increased transmit power and receive sensitivity, contributing to superior range performance.  Security protocols are important to mission-critical wireless M2M applications. AirborneM2M multi-layered security approach addresses the requirements of Enterprise-class networks and corporate IT departments.

Why B&B Electronics?
B&B Electronics designs and builds rugged, reliable network devices that can do their jobs in tough environments. And when a problem calls for a custom solution, we’ll design and build that, too. B&B Electronics keeps your data moving.

The Product:  AirborneM2M modules are flexible & easy to Integrate, they incorporate support for both serial and Ethernet to Wi-Fi 802.11 2.4 or 5 GHz communications.  Airborne M2M modules come with a variety of interfaces that OEMs may configure including  UART (WLNN-AN-DP551), SPI (WLNN-SP-DP551), Ethernet (WLNN-ER-DP551) and serial (WLNN-SE-DP551) interfaces. 

 


Embedded Dual Band Wireless Device Server and Ethernet Solution Modules Serial to 802.11a/b/g/n & Ethernet to 802.11a/b/g/n