Device Solutions of North Carolina has announced the availability of the next generation 4G LTE CAT1 enabled Cellio LoRa Gateway for wide area, long range, end-to-end monitoring of agriculture, cold chain, gas distribution, transportation, and many other industrial (IIoT/M2M) applications. The Cellio solution is a total solution – encompassing the hardware, software, wireless connectivity, cloud storage, and monitoring apps for smartphones.
As of mid-2018, Verizon has announced it will no longer activate 3G devices on its network and by end of 2019 will cease to support 3G devices (2G technology was laid to rest in 2016). Industrial customers looking for technology that will be supported for more than a decade will need 4G LTE products like the new Cellio Gateway. Until technologies like 5G are fielded, trialed, and scheduled for scaled deployment sometime after 2020, 4G LTE technology will be the primary technology supported by the major carriers. 4G LTE will be standard for at least the next 10-20 years for fielded applications and installations.
Cellio’s distributed architecture (star topology), with dozens of sensors attached to a transceiver, connects to the Cellio gateway. The gateway makes the connection to the cloud through the cellular network. A single Cellio Gateway can support hundreds of transceivers on a campus, facility, etc. Leveraging a single cellular connection per site represents substantial cellular savings and overall lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for enterprise-wide installations.
In addition, Cellio Gateways are scalable and simple to deploy. Once deployed at a site, it provides a platform onto which additional transceiver devices and sensors can be added very quickly, easily, and inexpensively. Cellio’s gateways provide a unique capability whereby the transceivers can simply be turned on and put into place and then automatically connect and start sending information to the Gateway which in turn relays the information to the Cloud. In practice, installations can be done in minutes with data showing up on the cloud dashboard almost instantly.