Laird Technologies’ Access Point Gateway (APG) is an innovative device platform capable of acting as a network node bridging several of the most common types of wireless, network, and serial data protocols for the purpose of remote data acquisition and control. It is a modular and highly functional product in a compact physical form factor that combines reliability, standard protocol support, ease of use and ease of customization and flexibility. Featuring Laird Technologies’ industry leading Bluetooth® modules and the powerful ARM9 microcontroller, the APG is designed to deliver machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions and is ideal for point of sale (POS), vending, digital signage/displays, healthcare and various other market applications.
The unique feature of the APG device is its capability to support a variety of short range personal wireless networks such as Bluetooth, Zigbee®, or Proprietary RF, as well as IP connectivity over Ethernet, WLAN, and cellular interfaces. The platform runs on a Linux operating system and allows users to upload custom applications written in Lua scripting language. The device also has RS232 and USB interfaces, and offers remote configuration and troubleshooting features.
The first variant product from the APG platform is the APG BT400, which provides short range wireless connectivity through Bluetooth and IP connectivity including Ethernet, 802.11 b/g, and GSM/GPRS. The APG BT400 allows connectivity with up to 28 active Bluetooth connections at any given time. The Bluetooth connectivity can be ordered for medium (250 meters) or long (km) range operation.
Laird Technologies is a global manufacturer of high performance components for the electronics and M2M industry which includes embedded radio modules such as Bluetooth, ZigBee, WLAN, and Proprietary, as well as high performance reception systems and antennas for many markets and industries.