Laird Technologies releases new M2M wireless gateway

Laird Technologies, Inc., a supplier of customized electronics and wireless products, last week announced the release of its new APG BT W400 wireless access point gateway. The new gateway is used for M2M wireless communications and for connecting Bluetooth enabled devices in a Personal Area Network to IP network via Ethernet or WLAN interface.

Laird Technologies, Inc., a supplier of customized electronics and wireless products, last week announced the release of its new APG BT W400 wireless access point gateway. The new gateway is used for M2M wireless communications and for connecting Bluetooth enabled devices in a Personal Area Network to IP network via Ethernet or WLAN interface.

Based on Laird Technologies’ (St Louis, MO., USA) Bluetooth platform, the gateway offers four class 1 BT modules, Ethernet and WLAN communication as a standard package. The gateway is built on an embedded Linux operating system and supports application development and customization using Lua scripting language and optional support for Python, and Java.

According to Sachin Andhare, the product manager of Telematics and Wireless M2M at Laird Technologies, the gateway can bridge two different networks, aggregate data from up to 28 nodes, enable data processing using custom application scripts and log to a remote server.

The device is designed to act as a network node and can bridge most common types of wireless, network, and serial data protocols for the purpose of remote data acquisition and control, says Laird. The gateway was designed for the M2M market segment, particularly Bluetooth Point of Sale (POS), scanners, and handheld devices for retail and healthcare applications, according to the company.