Robustel Launches Next-Gen IoT Gateways for Edge Applications


August 24, 2022

Robustel, which designs and manufactures industrial-quality wireless IoT modems, routers and gateways, has announced a new series of cost competitive, fully integrated edge computing gateways. The Edge Gateway series will initially launch with three product lines, featuring the ARMv7 and ARMv8 architecture.

With a product range that specializes in industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions, Robustel said it is looking for new and innovative ways to service customers in key industrial verticals. With the release of its first generation 5G Industrial Gateway (the R5020) in 2020, the company said it has seen a massive global trend in customers relying on cloud IoT infrastructure to deliver several IoT solutions across all verticals. However, there is a growing subsector of customers demanding more processing being performed at the network edge to avoid unnecessary network noise and congestion from high volumes of data being streamed over a cellular network.

The requirement for Edge processing sees a need for a new generation of devices that boast cutting-edge network connectivity and management features, Robustel said. This includes much higher levels of onboard intelligence and processing combined with a more versatile and scalable operating system. The Edge Gateway series, the company said, will revolutionize the industrial computer and router market by providing products that are not only available at a mass market price, but also offer specifications and features that customers need.

“Traditionally the industrial edge IoT market has been the domain of two very distinct solutions,” said Desmond Kuang, global senior vice president of sales and product marketing at Robustel. “We have seen customers unable to scale successfully because they are either buying a solution that is completely over-specified for their requirements, or they are trying to build their own solution with an industrial PC and router combination that adds an additional point of failure. Our Edge Gateway products are designed to solve both market issues in a single, elegant solution.”

The new Edge Gateway models include:

  • The EG5100, an industrial edge router with global 4G/LTE connectivity;
  • The EG5120, an industrial router with global 5G connectivity (3GPP Release 16) and 2.3 TOPS NPU to support AI applications;
  • The LG5100, an industrial LoRaWAN Edge gateway with global 4G/LTE backhaul.

To support the new hardware, Robustel is releasing a brand-new version of its Linux-based operating system, RobustOS, called RobostOS Pro. The new OS offers customers a Linux Debian11 (Bullseye) environment with support for Docker-based applications. This allows customers to rapidly develop, test and deploy new applications in whatever language they are comfortable developing in, as well as giving customers access to more than 50,000 existing applications in the Debian repository.

Examples of IoT applications that can be supported with the new gateways include robotics, smart cities, automated and a autonomous vehicles, camera-based image recognition, real-time energy & grid management, and more.

Robustel said samples of the Edge Gateway series are available now for proof-of-concept and design work from its global distribution partners, with mass market availability scheduled for Q4 2022. 

For more details on the gateways, visit the Robustel website here.

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