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The ‘always-on’ vehicle network

AirLink MG90 is designed to meet the connectivity needs of mission-critical applications

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The AirLink MG90 LTE-Advanced vehicle networking platform
The AirLink MG90 LTE-Advanced vehicle networking platform

Sierra Wireless, a leading provider of fully integrated end-to-end solutions for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, is launching the AirLinkMG90 LTE-Advanced vehicle networking platform, which provides secure, always-on mobile connectivity.

 

The MG90 builds on the success of the oMG Mobile Gateway, the world’s most widely deployed multi-network solution for mission-critical first responder, field service and transit applications.

 

“First responder, transit and field service fleets increasingly require multiple wireless networks to ensure always-on, secure communications in the field,” said Jason Krause, senior vice president and general manager, enterprise solutions for Sierra Wireless. “The AirLink MG90 platform is designed to meet the demands of fleets today and in the future, enabling more informed and better equipped mobile workforces, by providing guaranteed connectivity for mission critical applications.”

 

The MG90 claims to offer the world’s fastest vehicle area network to support multiple high-bandwidth applications working simultaneously. It also says it guarantees “always-on” connectivity with sub-second switching of multiple simultaneous integrated WAN links, including:

 

  • Dual-LTE-Advanced
  • FirstNet Band 14 option
  • Gigabit Wi-Fi WAN
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Extensions to satellite and Land Mobile Radio (LMR)

 

It also features connected vehicle awareness with built-in vehicle-ready I/O, Bluetooth and vehicle telemetry interface for in-depth visibility of engine health and remote monitoring of axillary devices, such as light bars and sirens. There is also mobile multi-network security using the AirLink Connection Manager (ACM) to retain static IP addresses across all wide area networks without interruption, consolidating the security for technologies connected to the vehicle area network. Advanced network management software using the AirLink Mobility Manager (AMM) provides network insight and control, enabling centralised and remote management, monitoring and configuration, available as a hosted service or in the enterprise.

 

“Sierra Wireless is the market leader in volume shipments of cellular gateways and routers, with a large installed base of high-speed mobile gateways for first responders in the North American market,” said Sam Lucero, senior principal analyst for IoT at intelligence firm IHS Markit. “Platforms like the MG90, with its focus on multi-network switching capability, are addressing a key customer need for robust, highly-available connectivity technology options.”

 

The MG90’s multi-networking capability is optimised for the world’s most demanding wireless applications, such as in law enforcement vehicles, which host multiple systems (body worn cameras, laptops, electronic citation systems, live digital video surveillance and automated license plate recognition systems) that all need to remain securely connected as the vehicle travels.

 

George Barlow Brown, communications & IT chief, New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said one of the main reasons it chose the AirLink MG90 is because it’s FirstNet, Band 14 deployable. “When the network is turned on, we won’t need to purchase new technology, saving considerable costs and time. We’ve also been very impressed by the MG90’s performance on our current Verizon network. It’s enabled us to be more informed, respond faster and be better equipped to manage an emergency,” he said.

 

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