Hardware maker CradlePoint has released a new router designed specifically to support M2M services running over LTE networks.
The CradlePoint (Boise, ID, USA) COR IBR600 4G is advertised as being flexible and robust and, therefore, suited to critical enterprise applications requiring always-on, around-the-clock connectivity.
CradlePoint says it is designed to support high-bandwidth applications used across a number of industries, including the energy, retail, finance, security and transport sectors.
It can be deployed as a primary mobile broadband connection or as a back-up for when a wired connection is disrupted, and comes with both mobile broadband and WiFi antennas.
“With the CradlePoint COR networking solution, businesses can connect new locations with 4G speeds in a matter of minutes,” said Tony Puopolo, the vice president of international sales at CradlePoint. “If a wired line is later installed, the customer can move the device into a failover mode and virtually guarantee 99.99% uptime with their network.”
CradlePoint’s older COR IBR600 routers have already been deployed across a number of industries.
Customers include North Kansas City School Buses, which is providing a WiFi service “to recapture lost educational time whilst travelling during school hours”, and Avanti Markets, which is using CradlePoint routers as part of a digital kiosks offering.
The new 4G products will be distributed across Europe by Westbase Technology (Caldicot, UK), a specialist distributor of wireless technologies for commercial and M2M applications.
The deal is a further sign of growing momentum in the 4G M2M market.
Although device costs are still much higher than for 2G and 3G equipment – and many applications do not require such high-speed connections – 4G is gaining in M2M importance as organizations prepare for a possible 2G and 3G blackout.
In the US, both AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) and Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY, USA) have unveiled plans to shut down their 2G networks over the next few years, while operators in Japan have already done so.