THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — On July 30, 2013 Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, announced a partnership with B&B Electronics and Jazz Wireless to provide a 3G Router/SIM Card bundle for low data customers developing industrial monitoring and control applications.
“As cellular technology becomes more accessible, M2M developers are continually searching for simple, easy-to use solutions,” said Mark Zack, Vice President, Global Semiconductor Product at Digi-Key. “Jazz and B&B have created a unique solution, and we are excited offer it to our customers.”
Built for plug-and-play simplicity with extensive remote management, deployment and customization options, the rugged SPECTRE 3G wireless router wirelessly extends local M2M networks connected via Ethernet 10/100, RS-232 or RS-422/485 with enhanced features such as Modbus TCP to Modbus RTU conversion. Users manage the router's robust configuration options through a secure and easy-to-use Web interface or a powerful scripting engine. A rugged metal casing with a wide operating range (-30 to 60°C) and DIN-rail mounts make the SPECTRE 3G ideal for M2M connectivity in harsh or remote environments.
Remote applications that require the ability to interface via serial communications, Ethernet or Wi-Fi in one box are very easy to set up and deploy. The router uses open standards such as IPSec and OpenVPN as connectivity options.
Jazz Wireless Data's sophisticated online data management portal allows users to easily monitor and manage their data plan, including purchasing additional time or data options for their SIM cards, or to transition the prepaid card to a monthly-based service at any time.
“The combination of the SIM card and our cellular router is possible due to Digi-Key's expertise in overcoming customer pain points, its extensive prototype and test capabilities, and its extensive inventory of electronic components,” said Sean Harrigan, President and CEO, B&B Electronics. “With the recent addition of B&B's entire M2M connectivity product line, we look forward to a very bright future with Digi-Key.”