Sierra Wireless, a global IoT solutions provider, has launched the next evolution in routers with its new XR Series of multi-network 5G routers.
In addition to the previously launched world’s first multi-network MG90 5G vehicle router, the first two routers in the XR Series, the XR90 and the XR80, enable customers to leverage the higher data speeds and lower latency of 5G, required for real-time video streaming and voice communications in mission-critical environments and high performance business-critical 5G applications.
The XR Series delivers the full performance of 5G across any network (5G, Wi-Fi 6, Ethernet) whether used for mobile applications or primary, temporary, or backup fixed wireless connectivity.
“The performance, capability and reliability of the XR Series complements our award-winning network, and it’s been great to see the positive feedback from our customers who are trialing the XR Series,” said Simba Bazaya, Product Manager, BT’s Enterprise unit. “We’re also working with our customers to deploy instant connectivity and ease of scale across a wide range of industries and businesses, and we continue to drive innovation to deliver the best customer experience and respond to growing customer demands leveraging our 5G network.”
Optimized for 5G throughput, both the XR90 and the XR80 enable customers to maximize higher 5G data speeds across Wi-Fi 6 and multi-gigabit ethernet interfaces by employing quad-core processing and hardware acceleration, with an internal architecture that accelerates the data path, orchestrated by the AirLink® Operating System (OS).
“Our 5G research has shown the importance of real-time communications that 5G brings, along with supporting process evolution,” said Alison Brooks, Ph.D., Research Vice President, Smart Cities & Communities – Public Safety, IDC. “5G’s higher data speeds, lower latency and higher device capacity is set to transform the market across a multitude of use cases, such as video streaming, and products such as the XR Series routers deliver with the fast and always-on, secure connectivity needed for next generation mission and business-critical applications.”
The XR Series routers improve the performance and reliability of video streaming, video offload, and other data-intensive and time-sensitive use cases, by ensuring that the router connects to the best-performing network, at the right time. This is achieved through AirLink OS, which features cognitive wireless, Sierra Wireless’ patented technology that automatically switches to the best available network in less than a second.
Sierra Wireless’ XR Series routers are part of the 5G solution portfolio that includes management software and reporting systems, 24×7 support, routers, antennas, and accessories. XR Series routers are managed by the AirLink Management System (ALMS), a cloud-based management platform. Additionally, an embedded LPWA cellular radio, connected through Sierra Wireless Global Connectivity, provides an always-on out-of-band management link to ALMS. This unique capability ensures the ongoing operational success of these 5G deployments.
“The supercharged XR Series enables organizations to move 5G beyond the smart phone and deliver the performance needed to connect medical devices in emergency vehicles, utilize autonomous robots in factories, and provide high performance backup connectivity to businesses,” said James Armstrong, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Enterprise Solutions, Sierra Wireless. “The XR Series is our fastest, most intelligent, flexible, and secure router yet, purpose-built for advanced mission- and business-critical applications.”
The XR Series routers provide additional benefits beyond industry-leading 5G performance, including:
• Best-In-Class Reliability: A passively cooled, IP64 industrial design enables the rugged XR Series to operate in even the toughest environmental conditions experienced by routers integrated into police, transit and utility vehicles, autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and other commercial and industrial equipment.
• Future-proof Flexibility: Built for both fixed and mobility applications, the XR Series offers single and dual 5G, and Wi-Fi 6 radio options. In addition, the XR Series’ unique cartridge design enables customers to expand and upgrade their routers without replacing the router.
• Rapid Response: All XR Series routers include a unique dedicated LPWA cellular connection through Sierra Wireless Global Connectivity. Customers can easily deploy the routers through zero-touch configuration by using the intuitive, cloud-based AirLink Management Service (ALMS), and still maintain their routers, even if they are not able to connect to public or private 5G or LTE networks.
• Strong Security: The XR Series enables customers to reduce security risks in their 5G deployment with multi-layered end-to-end security. This modern platform approach to security protects data from device to the cloud, with a hardware-accelerated VPN for secure transport, secure boot, unique cryptographic keys that connect the router to ALMS, and use of the Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA-3) protocol.
“These 5G solutions will be a great fit for our transit and transportation customers, who need the increased bandwidth and performance to support passenger Wi-Fi, as well as toll fare collection and video systems,” said Robert Gronenthal, CEO, Island Tech Services. “Our customers get a much better experience, with the full benefit of 5G throughput, as well as Wi-Fi 6 for high performance backhaul, integrated with a cloud-based management platform for easy management of the entire vehicle fleet.”
The XR Series is available to order from the global network of Sierra Wireless partners. Pricing starts at US $1,299 for the XR80 5G and US $1,899 for the XR90 5G. The XR90 is shipping now, and the XR80 is expected to start shipping in Q3 2021. The XR Series is being certified on 5G networks globally.