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ABB introduces Tropos XA mesh router family for use in extreme applications

New Tropos 7320-XA and Tropos 4310-XA wireless mesh routers designed for use in extreme smart grid, rail network, mining and seaport environments.

August 23, 2013 - ABB Tropos Wireless Communication Systems announces the Tropos XA family of mobile and outdoor wireless mesh routers for extreme application environments. The Tropos XA family delivers robust, high-performance and scalable wireless connectivity for utility, rail, mining and seaport applications in extremely demanding environmental conditions.

Tropos 7320-XA outdoor wireless mesh routers for extreme applications provide a reliable fixed broadband wireless communications platform for utility, rail, mining and seaport applications. These wireless mesh routers operate from -40°C to 70°C and can survive winds in excess of 200 mph. Tropos 7320-XA mesh routers are housed in castings made from Aluminum Association 360 alloy, formulated for use in marine environments. The castings are plated with SAE AMS-C-26074 high-phosphorus electroless nickel to provide exceptional resistance to salt fog corrosion. This combination of physical packaging characteristics makes the Tropos 7320-XA particularly well-suited for deployment in coastal areas where extreme temperature and humidity, salt fog, and high winds due to hurricanes or typhoons are commonplace.

“A tropical climate and typhoons are facts of life on Guam,” said John J. Cruz, Jr., Strategic Planning and Operations Research Division Manager (SPORD) at Guam Power Authority (GPA). “When a storm disrupts power, we need our communication network to keep operating so we can get the lights back on as soon as possible. ABB Tropos developed the unique features of the Tropos 7320-XA at GPA’s request to ensure that our wireless network functions reliably even in the face of the extreme conditions we occasionally face on our island. The survivability of Tropos networks through Katrina and other natural disasters is proof that GPA made the right choice.”

Tropos 4310-XA mobile mesh routers for extreme applications provide reliable data, video and voice connectivity for mobile machine-to-machine (M2M) and mobile workforce automation applications. At vehicular speeds, they support reliable communications with a fixed Tropos infrastructure in places such as rail lines and mines where the mobile mesh routers may be subjected to extremes in temperature and humidity as wells as shock and vibration. Tropos 4310-XA mobile mesh routers conform to IP67, permitting them to be mounted on vehicle exteriors as well as interiors. They support a DC power input range of 11 to 55 VDC, allowing them to be powered by the electrical system of virtually any kind of vehicle, while their small, lightweight package is suitable for almost any physical mounting scenario. They employ Industrial Ethernet M-12 connectors, which are designed to withstand harsh industrial conditions including extreme shock and vibration, assuring very reliable connections. For their auxiliary port and power inputs, the XA family mobile mesh routers use industrial-type locking connectors, also designed to provide reliable operation in harsh industrial environments.

“As we’ve expanded the customer base for the Tropos product line, we’ve seen increased demand for reliable broadband wireless communications in extreme application environments such as coastal areas that are frequently hit by hurricanes or typhoons as well as railway and mining equipment that is subject to continuous shock and vibration,” said Mike Bailey, senior vice president of engineering and operations for ABB Tropos Wireless Communication Systems. “The Tropos XA product family provides the extra level of toughness that is required to provide long-term, reliable operation in such extreme environments.”

Tropos 7320-XA wireless mesh routers feature one 2.4 GHz and one 5 GHz radio. The Tropos 4310-XA contains one 2.4 GHz radio. Both products will initially be available in FCC and ETSI versions.

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