RAKwireless introduces WisBlock modular power supply, IP65 enclosures, and more sensor modules

Wisblock power modules

RAKwireless Wisblock modular IoT prototyping system will get new modules about once every quarter and the latest Wisblock Summer 2022 event brings some RAK190xx base boards and power modules to support various power sources from solar panels to PoE, two IP65-rated “Unify” enclosures, as well as four new Wisblock sensor modules. Wisblock RAK190XX base boards and power modules The company has launched three base boards designed to take one of the five Wisblock power modules: RAK19009 – A small (47×30 mm) base board with only 2 sensor slots. RAK19010  – The “standard” base board with 4 sensor slots and 1 I/O slot RAK19011 – Version of the Dual IO base board with a power slot RAK19012 – WisBlock power module with USB, battery, and solar panel supply RAK19013 – WisBlock power module for rechargeable batteries and solar panel supply without the USB, for applications where you do not want to […]

ZeroKey Quantum RTLS enables indoor location with millimeter-level accuracy

Zerokey Quantum RTLS anchor trackable device

ZeroKey’s Quantum RTLS is a 3D real-time location system (RTLS) for millimeter-level accuracy designed for the real-time monitoring of assets and people to optimize workflows in the manufacturing, supply chain, and logistics industries. The company claims that with time and location data, the solution provides the “highest level of accuracy and actionable analytics through its Spatial Intelligence Platform, giving customers 4D operational intelligence that truly delivers on the promise of Industry 4.0”, and the “hyper accuracy of Quantum RTLS empowers companies to solve problems that have never been solved before in industrial environments”. Quantum RTLS works with PoE anchors placed in fixed locations and trackable devices attached to mobile assets. That looks very much like FiRa UWB to me, except with higher accuracy, but at no point, ZeroKey talk about Ultra Wide Band on their website, and instead the technology is based on ultrasonics, and communication between the gateway and […]

Axiomtek AIE900-XNX – A 5G connected fanless Edge AI system for AMR, AGV, and computer vision

Axiomtek AIE900-XNX

Axiomtek AIE900-XNX is a fanless Edge AI computing system powered by NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX system-on-module designed for autonomous mobile robots (AMR), automated guided vehicles (AGV), and other computer vision applications. The system delivers up to 21 TOPS thanks to the 6-core NVIDIA Carmel ARM v8.2 (64-bit) processor, NVDLA accelerators, and 384-core NVIDIA Volta architecture GPU found in the Jetson Xavier NX module. The AIE900-XNX Edge AI computer also comes with a 5G module for high-speed cellular connectivity and supports SerDes, PoE, and MIPI CSI cameras for video processing. Axiomtek AIE900-XNX specifications: NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX system-on-module with CPU – 6-core NVIDIA Carmel Armv8.2 64-bit CPU with 6 MB L2 + 4 MB L3 cache GPU – 384-core NVIDIA Volta GPU with 48 Tensor Cores AI Accelerator – 2x NVDLA System Memory – 8GB 128-bit LPDDR4x onboard Storage – 16GB eMMC flash Storage –  M.2 Key M 2280 with PCIe […]

Axzez Interceptor carrier board for RPi CM4 gets 8-port PoE+ board

Raspberry Pi CM4 8-port PoE expansion

The features-rich Axzez Interceptor carrier board for Raspberry Pi CM4 has gotten the Interceptor PoE board with eight PoE+ ports for connecting up to sixteen PoE IP cameras making it usable as a network video recorder. We first wrote about the Interceptor last January noting its impressive I/O capabilities with five SATA ports, four Gigabit Ethernet, two HDMI ports, RS-485 terminal block, and more. It also had two 40-pin FFC connectors “for future expansion”. Those connectors have now found a “meaning to life” with the Interceptor PoE board, as up to two can be connected to the FFC connectors. Some of the features of the new Interceptor PoE Board include: 8x fast PoE+ ethernet ports IEEE 802.3AF-2003 and 802.3AT-2009 compliance Each port has activity/link and status LEDs Input voltage range – 44-57V Optional 48V power boost that can support up to two Interceptor PoE+ boards (Powered from 12V ATX power […]

CM4-IO-POE-4G-Box – A Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 box for industrial IoT applications

CM4-IO-PoE-4G-Box

While the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 is basically unobtanium, companies keep introducing products based on the Arm system-on-module, and Waveshare CM4-IO-POE-4G-Box is a complete system designed for industrial IoT applications with CAN Bus, RS232 and RS485 interfaces, Ethernet with PoE support, plus optional support for 2G to 5G cellular connectivity. The CM4-IO-POE-4G-Box is based on the “Compute Module 4 PoE 4G” carrier board which itself appears to be an update to the company’s earlier “Compute Module PoE 4G” carrier board for the Raspberry Pi CM3 module. CM4-IO-POE-4G-Box / Compute Module 4 PoE 4GB board specifications: Support SoM – All variants of Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 Storage – MicroSD card socket used for Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 Lite (without eMMC) Display 2x HDMI ports up to 4Kp30 (I suppose even 4Kp60) 2x 15-pin MIPI DSI connectors + openings in the enclosure for flat cables Camera – 2x internal […]

Review of an ESP32-based BLE to MQTT gateway – Part 1: GL.inet GL-S10 unboxing and teardown

ESP32-WROOM-32U gateway POE board

GL.inet introduced the GL-S10 BLE to MQTT IoT gateway last month with an ESP32 module offering WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as Ethernet and PoE support. I got offered a sample for review, and just received it together with the optional BLE beacon. So today, I’ll first have a look at the content, and check out the hardware with a teardown. GL.inet GL-S10 unboxing The package shows us the main features with Bluetooth LE 4.2, WiFi, PoE, and external antenna, with GL-S10 described as a BLE IOT GATEWAY connecting IoT devices to the Cloud. The gateway ships with a getting started guide, an antenna, a USB cable for power, as well as the beacon which we can see with a 3M stick tape. On one side, we have the RJ45 connector for Ethernet and a micro USB port for power, while the other side features a reset button, plus […]

Venice GW7100 compact industrial SBC packs one Gigabit Ethernet port, one mPCIe socket

Venice GW7100 SBC

Gateworks introduced the new Venice Industrial IoT SBC Family based on NXP i.MX 8M Mini processor with up to two Ethernet ports and four mPCIe Sockets last September starting with GW7300 board with dual Gigabit Ethernet and three mPCIe sockets. But the US company has now announced the availability of the smallest member of the family with Venice GW7100 SBC equipped with just one Gigabit Ethernet port and one mPCIe socket in a compact 100x35mm form factor. Venice GW7100 specifications: SoC – NXP i.MX 8M Mini single, dual or quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor @ up to 1.6GHz, with Arm Cortex-M4 at 400+MHz, 3D GPU (OpenGL ES 2.0), 2D GPU, and 1080p VPU System Memory – 1 GB LPDDR4 (up to 4GB) Storage – 8 GB eMMC flash (up to 64GB) Connectivity 1x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port with passive PoE support WiFi/Bluetooth or Cellular connectivity via mini PCIe socket and Nano-SIM […]

New Raspberry Pi PoE+ HAT handles up to 25.5 Watts

Raspberry Pi PoE Plus HAT Pi 4

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has just announced the Raspberry Pi PoE+ HAT compliant with 802.3at (aka PoE+) and 802.3af standards and support for up to 25.5 Watts input. It will replace the Raspberry Pi PoE HAT introduced in 2018 which was limited to 802.3af standard with a maximum of 15.4 Watts input and will become available around mid-June for $20 plus taxes and shipping. Raspberry Pi PoE+ HAT specifications vs PoE HAT. Besides supporting 802.3at standard with a higher current/more power, the new PoE+ HAT also adds a current sensor and relies on a planar transformer instead of a wire wound transformer with the former being more compact and efficient. The brushless fan is controlled by I2C and helps the processor on the Raspberry Pi 3/4. You may need the latest version of the Raspberry Pi OS for the new PoE+ HAT to work properly. While the Raspberry Pi PoE+ HAT […]