Laird Unveils Wireless IoT Gateways with Secure Connectivity for Gathering Actionable IoT Intelligence

Laird Connectivity has released a new wireless internet of things (IoT) gateway that securely and reliably connects Bluetooth sensors and legacy serial equipment to the cloud. The new Sentrius IG60 gateway is a smart and secure way to gather actionable IoT intelligence. It can collect data via Bluetooth 5, Ethernet, Serial (RS-232/422/485, including Modbus or proprietary protocol support), SD micro, or USB and then send it over high-performance 802.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi to the cloud.

At its core, the IG60 leverages Laird’s 60 Series System on Module (SOM), providing superior enterprise-class Wi-Fi performance plus Bluetooth 5. The IG60 also leverages the 60 SOM’s Chain of Trust security architecture which provides layers of enterprise-grade security. It is available in two variants to provide customers with the most design flexibility, one built around easily and securely integrating with AWS IoT using AWS Greengrass, and the other with Laird Connectivity’s long-term supported Linux environment.

The IG60 pre-configured for AWS Greengrass is made to simply connect serial equipment or Bluetooth sensors to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Greengrass Edge via high-performance Wi-Fi, speeding applications to market. Laird Connectivity’s pre-configured AWS Greengrass sandbox is built with security and stability at the forefront, including hardware root-of-trust based secured firmware and three years of over-the-air security updates. A companion smart phone app helps connect the IG60 to the local Wi-Fi network, provision, and connect directly to customers’ AWS environments.

The Linux-based IG60 can serve as the main platform for a product, providing a feature-rich base and complete development ecosystem that speeds designs to market. The Laird-based IG60 includes Laird Connectivity’s Linux board support package (BSP), Eclipse IDE support, and a customizable SDK, all supported long-term by Laird Connectivity. According to Laird Connectivity CEO, Scott Lordo, the Sentrius IG60 Series combines industry-recognized connectivity, Cloud, Linux, and advanced security expertise into one complete solution. This allows customers to access the latest market-leading wireless technology and get products to market faster by eliminating the steep learning curve, design risk, and time that it typically involves.

The IG60 is based on Laird Connectivity’s 60 Series System on Module (SOM) platform that includes a Cortex A5 applications processor and an onboard cryptographic engine. The gateway is also regulatory compliant for FCC, CE, and IC, as well as Bluetooth SIG qualified.