Embedded Wireless

Safe-E-Stop™ wireless e-stop adds SIL 3 safety to existing hard-wired emergency systems

Safety first: In industrial work settings, there are a number of ways you can protect against accidents: Installing guards, establishing procedures, using personal protective equipment, installing automation controls to bring machines to a safe stop when unsafe operations are detected and so on. Traditionally, one of the most effective ways of protecting against workplace accidents has been hard-wired e-stops placed around the plant and machinery. However, these types of e-stops have two distinct risk factors—accessibility and speed of response.

Laird Helps to Bring Wireless Innovation to Smart Radon Monitor

Airthings is a Norwegian-based tech company that develops and manufactures accurate, user-friendly radon detectors, giving the most precise results to protect health and promote safety. Their newest product, Wave, is a smart radon detector that provides consumers with critical, potentially life-saving data on indoor air quality, accessible by using the latest Bluetooth technology available through Laird.

How to Connect the RM1xx LoRa Module to a MultiTech Gateway

As the Enterprise Internet of Things (EIoT) continues to take shape, infrastructure must be in place to enable EIoT connectivity in remote locations as well as a number of unprecedented applications like industrial controls, smart meters, street lights, security sensors, and more. Low Power Wide Area Networking (LPWAN) is an excellent solution that addresses many of the challenges of EIoT connectivity in these applications.

Bluetooth SIG White Paper Highlights Range Performance of Laird’s BL600 BLE Module

With a focus on increasing the functionality of the Internet of Things (IoT), the Bluetooth 5 core specification has established Bluetooth as the global wireless standard for simple secure connectivity, meeting the demand for increased range and speed in the IoT. Bluetooth, specifically its Low Energy functionality (BLE) is traditionally associated with inherently short-range applications such as smartphones, audio streaming, wearables, and other hands-free applications.

How to Set Up a BLE Distance and Object Detector

Today’s fast-paced, wireless ecosystem is sparking demand for more Bluetooth enabled devices, each more innovative than the last. One of the biggest benefits of developing with Bluetooth is that it’s a near-universal and versatile technology with an endless array of possible applications. At Laird we always try to think of new ways to use our Bluetooth modules. In a recent experiment, one of our engineers decided to use our BL652 Bluetooth v4.2 module to interface a smartphone to a commercially-available parking sensor.

Opening the Box: Laird's RM1xx LoRaWAN + BT v4.0 [Video]

Earlier this year Laird announced its Enterprise Internet of Things (EIoT) RM1xx module series, the first commercially available solution to integrate both LoRa™ and Bluetooth® Smart (BLE) connectivity into one module.

5 Ways to Work Around Parasitic Effects in a RF Design

When designing an RF system that operates at a high frequency such as the 5 GHz band, it is necessary to take parasitic effects into consideration. It is important to understand from where the parasitic effects are coming. When designing the PCB layout, you must consider landing pad size in order to reduce junction effects, as well as parasitic capacitances which could exist at your operating frequency. Here are five PCB design tips to help you work around parasitic capacitances.

Recap of LSR's Webinar: Guide to Antenna Selection and Implementation

On August 30th LSR, a Laird Business, hosted their latest installment in the Designing for Success webinar series titled, "The Engineer's Approach to Antenna Selection and Implementation". Design experts Jay Gillette, Senior RF and Antenna Engineer and Carl Turner, RF Engineer walked through a number of practical tips and best practices to keep in mind when selecting and implementing an antenna solution into a design.

New BLE v4.2 + NFC Solution from Laird Enhances Security and Development for the EIoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the fastest growing sectors of the tech industry. In a short time, expectations from emerging IoT deployments have skyrocketed, and the world is now seeing an onslaught of new products from companies looking to capitalize on the rapid IoT adoption. Bluetooth® Smart (often referred to as BLE) is right in the center of this tidal wave for many reasons, including its low power consumption, ubiquity in mobile devices, small footprint, and lower development costs. The excitement surrounding the IoT is warranted, but the concept can be daunting for those responsible for designing the products.