FreeWave Introduces Advanced Embedded Radio for Unmanned Systems

Published: 22 Sep 2017 | Author: Mike Rees

FreeWave Zumlink Z9-PCFreeWave Technologies, a developer of Internet of Things (IoT) wireless networking solutions, has announced the ZumLink Z9-PC, the latest in the company’s line of 900 MHz radios designed for OEM and embedded applications. The radios are designed to function in rugged environments for a variety of applications across Industrial IoT (IIoT) markets, including unmanned systems, defense, precision agriculture, and oil and gas. Additionally, future iterations of the Z9-PC will feature full programmability with third-party applications.

“The Z9-PC is our most advanced embeddable radio to date,” said Phil Linker, senior product manager at FreeWave Technologies. “Not only does it support the functionality of FreeWave’s ZumLink 900 MHz Z9-PE radio, but will include the ZumIQ App Server with the ability to host third-party applications at the edge of IIoT networks. Companies in critical industries can utilize data and provide command and control like never before.”

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The Z9-PC is the culmination of the 900 MHz radio series, as it provides versatility and flexibility, and, most importantly, provides programmability for industries in need of future-proof IIoT technology. ZumLink is the underpinning of the company’s go-forward strategy for Industrial IoT (IIoT) and embedded radio applications. ZumLink’s flexible, high-speed, low power consumption radios leverage FreeWave’s ZumBoost Network Acceleration Pack to ensure an efficient network platform. ZumBoost introduces techniques such as compression, packet aggregation, forward error correction, and patent-pending Adaptive Spectrum Learning technology to ensure maximum throughput for demanding wireless applications.

Additional features include:

  • Five RF link rates from 115.2 kbps up to 4 Mbps
  • 128-bit and 256-bit AES counter mode encryption
  • Multiple link rates, channel sizes and modulations
  • Frequency hopping and single channel