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Connecting a Forklift Fleet with Mobile Wireless on Factory Floors

B+B SmartWorx - Ottawa, United States

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Owners of large warehouses have discovered equipping the fleet with mobile wireless connections confers great advantages: Central control can ensure that only authorized operators are using the equipment; Collisions and accidents can be reduced; Processes like checklist inspection can be automated. B+B provided one of their customers with an embedded telematics solution for forklifts that could handle high mobility while supplying excellent range and bandwidth.

The AirborneM2M line of highly-integrated 802.11 wireless modules allow OEMs to Wi-Fi enable devices used in an array of machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. B+B delivers all of the necessary RF technology, networking stacks and advanced security features in a compact, single board package, reducing integration costs for OEMs and providing for a quick time to market.  Our customer solved the problem with the B+B SmartWorx WLNN-AN-DP551. The device can connect equipment to networks via either the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz license free bands. Where the 2.4 GHz band is overcrowded the device can operate at 5 GHz. Every radio environment is a bit different, so the ability to use either license free band provides vital flexibility.
Forklift fleet ref design imageThe AirborneM2M series delivers the industry’s most rugged, highly integrated, embedded Wi-Fi module solution. AirborneM2M modules meet extended operating temperature (-40 to +85 degree C) and shock/vibration specifications of the most demanding M2M applications. Utilizing a 32bit ARM9 processor and the high-performance Atheros AR6203 802.11 radio, the new AirborneM2M modules deliver increased transmit power and receive sensitivity, contributing to superior range performance.  Security protocols are important to mission-critical wireless M2M applications. AirborneM2M multi-layered security approach addresses the requirements of Enterprise-class networks and corporate IT departments.

The Product: AirborneM2M modules are flexible & easy to Integrate, they incorporate support for both serial and Ethernet to Wi-Fi 802.11 2.4 or 5 GHz communications. Airborne M2M modules come with a variety of interfaces that OEMs may configure including UART (WLNN-AN-DP551), Ethernet (WLNN-ER-DP551), serial (WLNN-SE-DP551) and SPI (WLNN-SP-DP551) interfaces. 

B+B SmartWorx products Used in this Reference Design

Wireless WiFi Module
Link to WLNN-AN-DP551 data sheet
Picture of WLNN-AN-DP551

Wireless WiFi Module
Link to WLNN-ER-DP551 data sheet
Picture of WLNN-ER-DP551

Wireless WiFi Module
Link to WLNN-SE-DP551 data sheet
Picture of WLNN-SE-DP551

Wireless WiFi Module
Link to WLNN-SP-DP551 data sheet
Picture of WLNN-SP-DP551