FreeWave Introduces Advanced Embedded Radio for Unmanned Systems

By Mike Ball / 22 Sep 2017
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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
Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact