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By Rich Handley

Yokogawa Electric Corp. Deploys Multi-Tech Systems' IIoT Gateway

Multi-Tech Systems, a global manufacturer of M2M and IoT communication devices, has announced that Yokogawa Electric Corp. has selected its MultiConnect Conduit IP67 Base Station, a LoRaWAN ruggedized IoT gateway, for its Sushi Sensor solution, which was recently launched in Europe.

Yokogawa's LoRaWAN-compliant solution was developed for deployment within industrial plants. It covers vast areas, has environmental resistance features to support heavy-duty use and works in combination with advanced analytics such as artificial intelligence and machine learning in a cloud environment. MultiTech's LoRaWAN gateway solution captures and manages the information detected from sensors within the solution.

"We are honored that Yokogawa selected our IoT gateway to be used within their new Sushi Sensor," said Stefan Lindvall, MultiTech's CEO, in a prepared statement. "Yokogawa is successfully leveraging cutting-edge IoT technologies to open up new opportunities for its customers to apply revolutionary new communications solutions to remote access monitoring."

Sushi Sensor is an OpreX asset-management and -integrity wireless solution for the Industrial IoT. The first such product, the XS770A, originally launched in Japan in 2018. It can measure vibration and surface temperatures to monitor machine or equipment conditions for industrial use. Since it complies with LoRaWAN, a low-power wide-area network for long-distance communication, the company reports, the XS770A can be deployed anywhere within a plant and cover a vast area. It has environmental resistance features to support heavy-duty use (IP66/67 and explosion-proof).

"Our decision to work with MultiTech was based on its compatibility with LoRaWAN and its flexibility to support both cloud-based and on-premise network architectures," said Shuichi Takai, a senior manager at Yokogawa, in the prepared statement. "The Conduit IP67 gateway is durable enough for the harsh environments we encounter within production sites, and we found the Conduit IP67 to be technically advanced and stable."

The MultiConnect Conduit IP67 Base Station is designed for outdoor LoRa public or private network deployments, according to the company. The scalable and certified gateway is capable of resisting harsh environmental factors, including moisture, dust, wind, rain, snow and extreme heat. The device supports LoRaWAN applications in virtually any environment. Leveraging the MultiConnect Conduit, it can support thousands of LoRaWAN-certified end nodes, including the MultiConnect mDot and xDot.

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