Scalable industrial Internet of Things networks

Jon Lawson

Wirepas and u-blox have teamed up to offer an advanced decentralised radio communications components for industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

The deployment of industrial IoT applications slow and complex for the end customers, and u-blox and Wirepas aim to make large scale, decentralised industrial IoT networks easy to deploy, comparable with advanced mesh technology.

The NINA-B1 is a small, stand-alone Bluetooth low energy module aimed at applications, such as healthcare, connected buildings, manufacturing and telematics. The module has been certified for a range of countries world-wide, reducing risk and time to market for customers integrating the module in their devices.

The module can be used with the Wirepas Connectivity software so that there is no need for traditional repeaters as every wireless device is a smart router of the network. The connected devices form the network, making autonomous decisions based on de-centralized protocols.

“The NINA-B1 in combination with the Wirepas Connectivity software enables short time to market for easy-to-install, large scale, decentralized industrial IoT applications in segments such as lighting, sensor, asset tracking and beacons,” said Hakan Svegerud, Head of Product Strategy for Short Range Radio at u-blox.

“We believe that technology should never be the starting point; instead, we should concentrate on business and application needs. As needs evolve over time, so should the technology. Wirepas and u-blox share this core value and that is what makes us stronger together,” said Wirepas CEO, Teppo Hemiä.