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M2M WiFi module enables mobile device access to machines

Posted: 12 Aug 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Lantronix? WiFi module? M2M? smartphone? tablet?

M2M connectivity solutions provider Lantronix recently announced the availability of its latest xPico WiFi module. The company's latest device is a compact, embedded wireless device server designed for easy and fast machine-to-WiFi connectivity.

The xPico WiFi module features simultaneous access point and client functionality, allowing the creation of its own secure WiFi network for direct access as well as maintaining a Wi-Fi client connection to the existing WiFi network. This enables machines to be directly accessed via a smartphone or tablet.

"We have already found the new xPico WiFi to be an easy-to-use, yet incredibly powerful chip alternative for our designs," said Claudio Foscan, head of development for technology and engineering consulting firm ECOnovis Engineering AG. "Not only does the product significantly speed the time to market for our new designs, but the ability to access and manage device data from iPhones and iPads, as well as Android devices, puts us on the cutting edge."

Lantronix' xPico WiFi is also optimised to bring easy and secure wireless functionality to a wide range of machine to machine applications from small battery powered devices to large industrial installations. The WiFi embedded module leverages Lantronix's machine-to-machine connectivity expertise into a small and easy to use machine-to-WiFi device server. The device boasts a tiny footprint of 24x16.5mm, and is pin and form factor compatible with other members of the Lantronix xPico product family.

"We believe the xPico WiFi offers the ideal combination of small size, power efficiency and functionality to the M2M marketplace," said Kurt Busch, President and CEO of Lantronix. "With the secure access point functionality, instead of looking up cryptic codes, a technician or operator can now use a tablet as the primary interface to a machine, bringing increased productivity along with a rich user experience."

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