Sierra Wireless is an IoT pioneer, empowering businesses and industries to transform and thrive in the connected economy.
What does Sierra Wireless do?
Answer: Sierra Wireless is building the Internet of Things
Sierra Wireless sells mobile computing and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications products that work over cellular networks. Sierra Wireless sells 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G mobile broadband wireless modems, routers, antennas and gateways as well as software, tools, and services.
Sierra Wireless is building the Internet of Things so you can innovate with confidence, get to market faster and realize your return on investment. As your IoT partner, innovator and expert, Sierra Wireless takes the complex and makes it simple, with unique devices, secure cloud services and global connectivity. From the device to the cloud to you, we make it simple, scalable and secure.
Sierra Wireless Products
Embedded Solutions - 5G, 4G, LPWA, 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & GNSS Wireless Modules
Sierra Wireless is a wireless equipment hardware designer and manufacturer, and it is known as the number one vendor of the cellular module in the world. Sierra Wireless supports open source initiatives, and their products are sold directly to OEMs as well as indirectly through other resellers and distributors.
Sierra Wireless specialises in IoT solutions, providing innovative products to manage connectivity, devices and data, that are easy to embed Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, cellular and GNSS technologies.
loT Modules available for LPWA, 4G, 3G, and 2G Networks
To simply your IoT journey, the Sierra Wireless Ready-to-Connect IoT modules offer best-in-class security, connectivity, and scalability. With this module series, you will get embedded smart SIMs that are able to connect to global networks instantly, open source mangOH® reference designs, plus optional edge processing for faster development time and an overall lower bill of materials.
Its common flexible form factor (CF3®) design uses the same ring across all the HL, RC, and WP Series of modules to ensure consistent pin-out and software interfaces. This allows it to easily migrate between technologies and future-proof product designs.
What’s in a CF3 Module?
1. LPWA, 4G, 3G, 2G Modem
Thanks to fallback variants to keep deployments connected, you can deploy anywhere on any cellular technology, no matter where you are in the world. It also comes with industry certifications to get you to market faster.
2. Embedded SIM
Further simplify your IoT journey with Ready-to-Connect modules that allow you to access the best coverage wherever you go.
3. Edge Processing with Application Framework
Reduce system complexity and BOM while enhancing security. These can be achieved by leveraging an application processor that runs the Legato® framework.
4. Built-in GNSS Receiver
Easily enable tracking and other location-based services on your IoT applications without having to add more components and complexity.
5G NR Sub-6 GHz, mmWave, 4G LTE Modules
High-Speed Networking Modules for 5G currently available
With the industrial-grade PCI-SIG® standards-based modules, OEMs and System Integrators will find it easier to integrate wireless WAN on their mobile computing and networking device platforms. By providing plug and play connectivity on the world’s fastest 5G and 4G networks, these connectorised modules offer excellent speeds, bandwidth and network performance.
5G NR mmWave, 5G NR Sub-6 GHz, and 4G LTE electronic equipment/modem
Get connected securely at the highest possible speeds and deploy anywhere globally with ultra-low latency.
Networks can be switched anytime with carrier-specific profiles.
Built-in GNSS Receiver
Turn on tracking and location-based services with dual L1 and L5 bands for higher accuracy.
2G, 3G, 4G LTE, LTE-Advanced Modules
Automotive-Grade Modules for Connecting Next-Gen Smart Cars
The AR series is more than a cellular modem. It allows automotive OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers to use a secure device-to-cloud architecture to build a Linux-based TCU (telematics control unit) with just a single module.
The automotive-grade modules are designed to meet the highest quality standards:
- Automotive-grade manufacturing (TS-16949 certified)
- Low target ppm rates and automotive quality processes (PPAP, 8D, FA)
- It is able to tolerate extreme operating environments, including thermal shock cycles
- Wide operating temperature, from -40°C to over 85°C
AR Series Benefits and Features:
- ARM core application processor that comes with dedicated Flash and RAM running Legato®, increasing security, lowering system complexity, and reducing overall BOM
- Enable tracking and location-based services with the GNSS receiver
- Keep the connectivity optimised and secure with FREE unlimited firmware over-the-air (FOTA) upgrades to secure boot and value-add firmware for the lifetime of the module
- Interfaces in AR Series include USB, SDIO, UART, HSIC, SPI, I2C, ADC, GPIO, and PCM, among others
- AirVantage® pre-integrated into the Legato platform provides secure device-to-cloud architecture
3G, 4G LTE Modems
IoT Gateways and Modems
Integrate rich and usable IoT data into your business applications quickly, connect new systems and services, or extend the life of existing products. Programmable IoT gateways and modems provide the easiest option to integrate wireless without the need for carrier certification.
There are two product series available:
Perfect for adding intelligence at the edge to collect IoT data and deliver value-add services to customers.
Allows you to securely connect existing or new systems to any cellular network in the world, plus remotely monitor them in the field.
FX30 Programmable IoT Gateway
The FX30 is the industry’s most rugged as well as smallest programmable 3G/4G LTE cellular gateway. It provides an integrated, secure embedded application environment that is tightly integrated with the cloud. The FX30 allows swift, scalable and global deployments of IoT applications for any machine or infrastructure connected.
- Highly programmable, providing secure Linux-based embedded programming environment to build custom IoT applications at the edge.
- Small and rugged, purpose-built to fit into machines and infrastructure equipment, meeting harsh industrial environmental requirements.
- Access the global 3G/2G market with a single product.
- Scalable to 4G LTE (Cat 1 or LPWA) with full hardware and software compatibility.
- Flexible hardware expansion with IoT Connector, and comprehensive built-in interfaces to allow easy connection to any system.
- Free firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) services
- Accelerate data-driven transformation with Octave, which securely integrates the FX30 into an all-in-one edge-to-cloud solution for connecting industrial assets.
Sierra Wireless FX30 Series Benefits
1. Highly Programmable
The FX30 integrates the Legato® Open Source Linux Platform, simplifying application-level development with a secure framework, feature-rich development environment, and maintained Linux distribution. Legato® allows for efficient C-level programming, and makes FX30 the core component for distributed IoT systems.
2. Industrial Grade
Experience superior performance in harsh environments with the FX30’s small, rugged aluminium form factor. Besides meeting the MIL-STD-810 standard for vibration and mechanical shock, the FX30 is also able to operate in extended temperatures, from -30°C to over 75°C. The ideal embeddable solution for any industrial machine, the FX30 is pre-certified for large deployments, meeting a wide range of global regulatory and industry standards.
3. Scalable and Extensible
The FX30 is available with 2G/3G, 4G LPWA and 4G Cat 1, offering amazing flexibility. With both Ethernet and Serial variants, the FX30 supports an IoT expansion slot to allow a range of hardware extensions. Octave enables the FX30 to automatically connect with automation equipment through Modbus and CANopen protocols.
4. Low Power
The FX30 consumes less than 1W in idle mode and 2mW in ultra-low power mode, offering best-in-class low power consumption. This makes it ideal for solar and battery powered applications.
The FX30, with Octave, allows you to securely extract, orchestrate and act on data from your edge asset to your cloud infrastructure. Octave gives the best-in-class out-of-the-box security measures, which include encryption, mutual authentication, network firewall, and adaptive threat management.
6. Smart Connectivity
The FX30 fully supports Sierra Wireless’ Smart Connectivity, making it easy to maintain a secure and reliable connection to fixed and mobile machines and assets no matter where they are in the world. Supporting standard 2FF plastic SIM as well as future support for MFF2 embedded SIM, the FX30 provides the ultimate flexibility for global deployments.
GL Series: Essential IoT Modem
With the GL Series, you get essential global connectivity to connect your products via a Serial or USB high speed interface. Its small form factor makes it easy to integrate with products, and, as it has already been certified, you can quickly connect and begin sending and receiving data remotely.
Features and Benefits:
- Immediately connect your products thanks to global coverage with industry and mobile network certifications
- Low-power modes support as little as 0.8mA when in sleep mode, and 8mA in active mode at 12V
- Features an industrial-grade, compact design with embedded TCP-IP stack
- Secure boot and value-add firmware with FREE firmware over-the-air (FOTA) upgrades for the entire lifetime of the module
Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Modules
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Modules for the Internet of Things (IoT)
These industrial-grade short-range modules allow OEMs and System Integrators to easily integrate advanced Wi-Fi and Bluetooth communication to their products. These hostless short range modules are fully certified, and come with integrated antennas and software stacks with simple UART interfaces.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Combo Modules
BX310x Features and Benefits
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n at 2.4GHz, 1x1 SISO
- Dual-mode simultaneous Bluetooth Low Energy 4.2 and Classic Bluetooth with backwards compatibility
- Hostless module with regulatory certifications and integrated antenna (BX3105) for easy integration (BX3100 comes with connection for an external antenna)
- Embedded TCP/IP and Bluetooth Stacks with simple UART interface
- Supports multiple connections to external Codecs with UART, I2S, I2C, and SPI interfaces
- Secure boot and value-add firmware with FREE unlimited firmware over-the-air (FOTA) upgrades for the entire lifetime of the module
- Future-proof common flexible form factor (CF3®) that enables the flexibility and scalability in designs, across cellular technologies
BX310x is suitable for any development that requires the most secure connection to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on a single module, including:
- Home Automation and Security
- Personal Health Devices
- Tracking and Telematics
- Industrial Equipment
- Building Automation
- Street Lighting
Dual-mode Bluetooth Classic and Low Energy Module
BC127 Features and Benefits
- Dual-mode: Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) transmits high quality audio and data
- Embedded Bluetooth Protocol Stack with simple UART and GPIO interface for command and control
- Hostless module with regulatory certifications and integrated antenna
- Supports multiple connections to external Codecs with I2S, PCM and SPDIF interfaces
- Input and Output can be either Digital or Analog audio
The BC127 is designed for any development that requires high quality Bluetooth Audio streaming or a dual-mode solution to connect to BLE enabled Smart Phones and Classic Bluetooth Smart Phones.
Typical applications include:
- Smart Phone Controlled Accessories
- Wireless Speakers and Headsets
- Intercom Push to Talk Gateways
- Dual-mode Wireless Gateways
- Wireless Docks and Sound Bars
- Remote Controls and Smart TVs
- General Bluetooth Controllers
GNSS Positioning Modules
GNSS Modules for the Internet of Things (IoT)
Ultra-compact, low-power and always delivering high performance GNSS tracking, these industrial-grade GNSS modules will allow OEMs and System Integrators to easily add location-based services to their products.
Ideal applications include:
- Fleet Management
- Usage-Based Insurance
- Timing Synchronisation
- Personal Tracking
Sierra Wireless Solutions:
Solution #1: Vehicle Networking
Many organisations rely on mobile workers that require access to the same tools available at the office. Whether they are in vehicles, on the move, or at remote or temporary work sites, workers need to be able to access these tools anytime, anywhere. With large mobile workforces, organisations need to know the location and status of their mobile assets to better manage operations.
Different Vehicle Networking Solutions are:
1. Mobile Multi-Network Security
All vehicle networking solutions provide consolidated device to enterprise data security for mission critical applications and mobile assets in the vehicle area network (VAN). The AirLink routers and gateways offer up to 10 concurrent VPN sessions, and enable secure communications to multiple back-end systems. They also provide remote authentication management, so enterprise-grade systems can control access to devices in the field.
For multi-network environments, the AirLink Connection Manager (ACM), which is a mobile optimised VPN Server, provides secure IP mobility and sub-second switching.
2. Advanced Network Management
2a: In the Cloud: AirLink Management Service
AirLink Management Service (ALMS) is a centralised, secure, cloud-based network and asset management solution. Designed for both fixed and mobile deployments, it supports over-the-air registration, configuration and updates for the complete portfolio of AirLink gateways and routers.
Variables including signal strength, network technology and location can be monitored and managed remotely to help maintain connectivity. Up-to-date views of the entire deployment are displayed on dashboards, and custom alerts can be set up to monitor and report critical events, increase efficiency, and prevent downtime. ALMS is free to us for any deployment with 15 devices or less.
2b: In the Enterprise: AirLink Mobility Manager
The AirLink Mobility Manager (AMM) is a leading-edge, end-to-end network management solution that allows simplified, remote as well as real-time mass configuration, control and troubleshooting of all in-vehicle AirLink routers and gateways, mission critical applications, and connected mobile assets.
Displaying a dashboard with an up-to-date view of the entire fleet, the AMM delivers a continuous stream of rich, real-time network data, allowing users to observe, track, and examine the behavior of hundreds of networks, devices, and connected vehicle parameters as it occurs. The AMM is available in the enterprise datacentre or in the cloud.
3. Telematics and Tracking Gateways
GenX Telematics and Tracking Gateways
Sierra Wireless provides the most effective and up-to-date wireless location enabled equipment to telematic, security and fleet service organisations, to offer compelling services and solutions to their end customers. Highly configurable and designed to service a wide variety of requirements, the GenX solutions are ideal for Mobile Resource Management, vehicle tracking and other location aware applications and services.
4. AirLink Technologies
WHAT IS AIRLINK?
In Simple: AirLink does not rely on satellites or telephone services. It allows data communications between two points. Also called as fixed wireless.
Example: A fixed wireless communication between a tower and a home via terrestrial microwave platform.
Unlike traditional copper or optical fibre transmission, AirLink occurs through the air over a terrestrial microwave platform.
It cost effective, but also it reaches more customers, example of people in rural areas who might not have the infrastructure to support traditional cable or fibre services.
What is Sierra Wireless AirCard Devices
AirCard are USB modems for 4G networks are fast, good-looking, and flexible.
Sierra Wireless designs and builds AirCard devices with the end customer in mind.
The new AirCard USB modems for 4G networks provide a truly mobile lifestyle for customers, allowing them to use their notebook computers online from anywhere they have a cell signal, with performance rivaling and often even surpassing what they can get on their home broadband connections.
Purpose-Built for Vehicles
To provide superior reliability and uninterrupted operation, AirLink routers and gateways are developed with industrial grade components. They require no external power conditioning, and safeguard vehicle operation by using built-in battery charge protection. AirLink routers and gateways are designed to operate in extreme temperatures, sealed to meet IP64, and tested to exceed the MIL-STD-810G.
Connected Vehicle Awareness
AirLink routers and gateways support instant insight into field applications, mobile assets and the workforce, and are designed to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and prevent downtime. They also offer built-in vehicle-ready I/O and support for AirLink Vehicle Telemetry, enabling remote monitoring of vehicle health. Featuring an integrated mobile events engine, AirLink routers and gateways are able to monitor hundreds of devices, network, and connected vehicle parameters in real time, plus create custom alerts, event triggers and reports.
High Capacity Vehicle Area Network (VAN)
AirLink routers and gateways provide LTE-Advanced connectivity, paired with Gigabit Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet, to enable a complete portfolio of broadband mission critical applications to work at the same time, further and faster from the vehicle than before. They offer up to 128 simultaneous clients, and can connect multiple mission critical applications in and around the vehicle concurrently. They support as many as 21 LTE frequency bands worldwide.
Cognitive Link Management
AirLink routers and gateways use a patented cognitive wireless system to provide intelligent multi-network switching, and are designed to deliver secure, manageable and high performance connectivity for mission critical applications. They support multiple wireless networks, including LTE, LTE-Advanced, Public Safety broadband (FirstNet), and 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi. They also support best-in-class link protection to ensure secure connectivity for all field applications and mobile assets.
Solution #2: Enterprise Routers & Networking
As distributed enterprises are made up of hundreds or thousands of “branches”, such as a small office, a restaurant, a kiosk, or a retail store, connectivity to the overall enterprise network is critical. Downtime costs for a typical retail outlet, even with 99.5% landline availability, can be in excess of $1 million per year. Whether you need primary or failover capability, Sierra Wireless has an enterprise networking solution that is quick to deploy and simple to manage.
Solution #3: Industrial Networking
Remote, real-time monitoring, control and management can significantly enhance operational efficiency and effectiveness, especially for organisations that have highly distributed assets and critical infrastructure. In the industrial world, the ability to remain operational every day is imperative, as even a single minute of downtime can adversely impact customers, operations and revenue. Therefore, deploying a secured, reliable and high performance Industrial Networking Solution is vital for any business.
Sierra Wireless AirLink industrial 2G, 3G, 4G LTE and LTE-Advanced routers and gateways deliver best-in-class connectivity, combined with intelligent management and monitoring of remote assets, machinery and critical infrastructure. This includes Smart Grid, Pipelines, Meters, Smart City Infrastructure, Industrial Equipment and Automation and Control Systems.
Most Rugged Routers; Field-Proven LTE Connectivity
AirLink routers are certified as Class I Division 2, with die cast aluminium housing sealed to meet IP64 for resistance to dust and water ingress, providing a truly ruggedised solution for both fixed and mobile applications that require industrial-grade equipment. AirLink routers deliver field proven, reliable LTE connectivity to remote locations as well as in hazardous environmental conditions. Certified for operation on 21 LTE bands internationally, there are more than 2 million units deployed worldwide.
Specifically designed to operate on limited power sources, AirLink routers consume less than 1 Watt in idle mode, offering best-in-class power consumption. This makes them ideal for battery and solar applications. For 2G/3G deployments migrating to LTE, AirLink routers are able to work with existing power infrastructure, so there is no need to invest in replacement equipment. The Standby Mode protects power sources, by dropping power consumption to 53 mW. This can be triggered by timers, low voltage detection, or I/O.
Programmable; Intelligence at the Edge
AirLink routers are programmable via the ALEOS Application Framework (AAF), enabling intelligence at the edge of the network. They also deliver a secure Linux-based embedded application environment to build efficient IoT systems with Legato® Open Source Linux Platform. These routers offer expandable connectivity with support for external interfaces, including Ethernet, Wi-Fi, dual-Serial, BLE, Zigbee and built-in I/O. AirLink routers can also extend the total life of equipment deployed in today’s wireless networks, with support for legacy protocols (Modbus & DNP3).
Advanced Network Management
Available in both the cloud or in the enterprise data centre, AirLink Manager (AM) and AirLink Management Service (ALMS) enable remote, real-time mass configuration, updates and control over entire fleets of routers. The AM allows users to create custom alerts and event triggers, offering on-demand or pre-scheduled historical reports for in-depth analysis and diagnostics. Both the AM and ALMS deliver a continuous stream of rich, real-time data, so users can analyse the behaviour and parameters of hundreds of AirLink routers, connected devices and field applications as they occur.
AirLink routers enable secure communications to multiple back-end systems, offering up to 5 concurrent VPN sessions. They also allow the implementation of enterprise-grade systems to control access to devices in the field, by providing remote authentication (RADIUS, TACACS+, LDAP) management. To protect devices against unwanted malware, AirLink routers ensure secure signing and authentication of software images, which offers end-to-end protection of the software upgrade process.
Solution #4: Public Safety Solutions
Enhanced connectivity accelerates collaboration, ensures accountability, and increases safety.
Most Rugged Routers; Field-Proven LTE Connectivity
- Increase Safety – Get real-time situational awareness, and real-time communications with fellow first responders and dispatch that are always on.
- Accelerate Collaboration – Simplify and speed up collaboration between other first responder organisations, command centre personnel and other officers.
- Ensure Accountability – Use video, audio, data and vehicle telemetry to communicate and archive situational insights in real-time.
Connected law enforcement officers can access background data and video surveillance while en route to the scene and fully document events while at the scene. This allows them to respond faster and be better prepared for a call.
By having building access details, hazardous material data, hydrant locations and similar information readily available, firefighters can be better prepared.
High-bandwidth connectivity allows EMS personnel to securely access electronic patient care records (EPCR) to understand a patient’s medical history.
Utility workers assist during public safety emergencies by ensuring that firefighters, officers, medics and citizens are safe from downed live powerlines. Increased connectivity allows them to improve time-to-response and power restoration efforts.
AirLink® Routers for Public Safety
Public safety in-vehicle routers, unlike desktop routers built for office use, are purpose-built and military/industry-certified to survive in extreme environments. These in-vehicle routers are specifically built to handle wide temperature extremes, high moisture, high vibration as well as power fluctuations and surges commonly experienced when running from vehicle power. These routers deliver VPN security and connect over multiple carriers.
The ability to protect devices, video feeds and enterprises have become more important than ever. With this in mind, all AirLink routers include VPN, port-level segmentation, device authentication, firewalling (including DMZ) and MAC address filtering.The Sierra Wireless AirLink Connection Manager (ACM) provides advanced security, by delivering a complete end-to-end solution. It is available as a physical (rack server) or virtual appliance.
Solution #5: AirLink® Network Management Solutions
Sierra Wireless offers a complete range of AirLink® Network Management Solutions, available in the cloud or on premises. These solutions enable organisations to remotely monitor, configure and control connected AirLink® gateways and routers, third party devices and applications deployed in critical infrastructure, distributed enterprises and vehicles.
5a. In the Cloud: AirLink Management Service (ALMS) & ALMS Advanced Reporting and Analytics (ARA)
AirLink Management Service (ALMS) is a secure cloud-based network and asset management solution supports over-the-air registration, configuration as well as software updates for all AirLink gateways and routers.
It allows signal strength, network technology and location to be remotely monitored and managed to help maintain connectivity. Dashboards show up-to-date views of the entire deployment, while custom alerts can be set up to monitor and report critical events, prevent downtime, and increase efficiency.
ALMS Advanced Reporting and Analytics (ARA) meanwhile, adds advanced historical reporting capabilities that provides a series of pre-defined reports, delivering deeper insight into the range of telemetry data that is reported to ALMS by AirLink routers and gateways.
5b. In the Enterprise: AirLink® Manager (AM) & AirLink® Mobility Manager (AMM)
Designed specifically for both fixed and mobile mission critical applications, AirLink Manager (AM) and AirLink Mobility Manager (AMM) are leading-edge, end-to-end network management solutions that enable simplified, remote and real-time mass configuration, control and troubleshooting of all AirLink routers and connected assets.
5c. Mobile Multi-Network Security: AirLink Connection Manager (ACM)
The AirLink® Connection Manager (ACM) is a mobile-optimised VPN server designed to work with AirLink® gateways and routers. The ACM securely extends the enterprise network to the vehicle, and consolidates security onto a single platform for all connected devices and applications in the vehicle area network.
With the ACM, the need for VPN software clients for individual devices and applications is eliminated. The ACM simplifies deployments, allows organisations to retain management control over network access and mobile assets, and reduces the costs of ensuring data security significantly.