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By Rich Handley

Rigado Unveils IoT Suite With Bluetooth 5 Support

Rigado has announced its Edge Connectivity Suite with full support for Bluetooth 5. Designed specifically for large-scale commercial Internet of Things (IoT) deployments, Rigado's latest Edge Connectivity solution comprises Bluetooth 5 end-device modules and the Vesta IoT Gateway, which includes cloud-based tools for secure deployment and updating. Rigado's Bluetooth 5 solutions are now expanded to include Nordic Semiconductor's new nRF52840 system-on-chip.

"Many manufacturers and integrators are now choosing Bluetooth Low Energy for their Commercial IoT applications—such as asset tracking and smart lighting—and the new Bluetooth 5 features make it an even more attractive option," said Ben Corrado, Rigado's CEO. "But using BLE for large-scale IoT deployments requires a solution that addresses flexibility, interoperability and security. That's what Rigado provides."

Specifically designed for companies that need to develop, deploy and manage a large number of connected devices and gateways, the Edge Connectivity Suite includes:

• Certified end device modules: Rigado's modules save connected product teams six months and more than $200,000 in design, test and certification. Fully Bluetooth 5-enabled, the modules feature mesh-networking capabilities, suitable for such applications as smart lighting and asset tracking.

• Edge-computing gateways: Rigado's Vesta IoT gateways manage connectivity to end devices and ensure that data reaches public and private cloud services. They also support custom edge applications to process data and offer local device control. Flexible wireless options and customizability mean that companies can optimize their gateway for cost-effective enterprise deployment.

• Cloud-based tools for secure deployment and updating: Companies require a scalable solution to securely manage updates to devices in the field. Therefore, Rigado's gateway ships with the company's provisioning and release-management system, which can be integrated with existing development tools for secure updating at scale.

"Rigado's IoT gateways allow us to quickly develop, deploy and scale our mobile proximity solutions for retailers and restaurants," said David Helms, Radius Networks' chief technology officer, in a prepared statement. "We evaluated a wide range of edge connectivity options, and found the Rigado gateway to be a uniquely customizable and cost-effective solution for large scale, low-power wireless with edge computing power."

To help companies rapidly prototype Bluetooth 5 IoT solutions, Nordic and Rigado have partnered to create the Rigado IoT Development Kit, which combines the Vesta IoT Gateway with Nordic's Thingy:52 sensor. The kit includes sample software that makes it easy to capture sensor information from the Thingy and visualize it via the Gateway Web app, or stream sensor data to Amazon AWS, where it is then visualized in a cloud-based dashboard. The IoT Development Kit is available now.

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