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Esis has expanded its Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) portfolio with the launch of NetComm’s 4G LTE Category 1 Industrial IoT Router (NTC-220), which will deliver reliable and secure medium bandwidth connectivity using universally available LTE networks. Read on for the low-down on NetComm’s newest brainchild.


Photo courtesy of NetComm

The introduction of medium bandwidth IIoT connectivity via the NTC-220 – offering speeds in the order of a few Mbps – will enable faster deployment of IIoT applications in the market. In addition, the use of widely used LTE Category 1 technology in the NTC-220 will also provide near-ubiquitous network coverage which will enable greater IIoT deployment. 

The NTC-220’s mid level performance enables machines to send data over the network faster while also still ensuring an optimized battery life, thereby increasing the performance lifetime of the product. Being a mid level router, it is also very cost effective, while not compromising on the feature set that industrial users demand.

With its network routing capabilities and built in Ethernet, Serial and USB ports, the NTC-221 is very well suited to providing reliable 4G remote access to equipment such as data loggers, PLC’s and controllers.

A Range of LTE Devices for Differing Needs

The fast-increasing number of applications being deployed in the IIoT space means a greater number of connectivity requirements for end-users – therefore requiring a greater range of devices to be available.

The LTE (4G) set of network standards provides a range of connectivity speeds catering to that wide range of requirements. At the low end are the LTE Cat. NB and Cat. M1 standards, providing low speed data connections with maximum coverage and minimum device power usage (see NTC-100). For mid range applications, LTE Cat. 1 provides good data speeds for most remote access applications, with excellent network compatibility and coverage (the NTC-220 is built for this). And for high end applications, LTE Cat. 6 gives truly amazing data speeds, up to 300Mbps (see NTC-402).

To meet that range of differing needs, the addition of the NTC-220 to the NetComm IIoT portfolio means that NetComm is now offering IIoT solutions covering low-bandwidth NB-IoT applications, over LTE Category M1 and NB, right through to higher bandwidth applications that need the extra high speeds and low latencies of LTE Category-6.

The NTC-220’s Linux based NetComm operating system (OS) also allows solution architects and system integrators to create their own applications using NetComm’s Software Development Kit (SDK), whilst built-in GPS enables the NTC-220 to track on-the-move assets from anywhere.


Photo courtesy of NetComm

The Director of Marketing & Communications at NetComm said:

“NetComm is very proud to expand its IIoT product range with the launch of the NTC-220 that will deliver best-in-class reliable connectivity and offers an additional medium bandwidth tier to support a wide variety of applications.

“Companies around the world are really starting to wake up to the significant productivity gains made possible by embracing IIoT applications, with Gartner forecasting that the global IIoT market will be worth $123 billion by 2021.

“With the company’s long, well-established record in the IIoT area of delivering high-quality products, the NTC-220 will enable connectivity right across this fast-growing sector from vending machines to security cameras to agriculture sensors and so much more.”

Since 1971, ESIS has been a leading supplier in the Australian M2M communications market. You can check out our extensive range of products and services, designed exclusively to cater to your needs. 

Contact us today to learn more about our wide range of Industrial IoT Routers, or feel free to browse the ESIS website. 

Article courtesy of NetComm. 

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