5 Top IoT Gateways Solution Providers Should Check Out

Gateway To IoT

While data analytics tools, the cloud and connected devices are essential in making up an Internet of Things offering, the gateway is also vital.

The gateway – which has capabilities such as device connectivity, protocol translation, data filtering and processing and security – is an important piece of tying IoT together.

IoT gateways are built on chipsets that feature low-power connectivity and may be rugged for critical conditions. Some gateways also focus on fog computing applications, where customers need critical data so that machines can make split-second decisions.

Following are five gateways for solution providers to check out when getting ready to deploy an Internet of Things solution.

Dell Edge Gateway 5000

Dell's Edge 5000 gateway series is specifically geared toward the Internet of Things and offers cost-effective security and manageability tools for operations professionals.

The gateway series is powered by a low-power Intel Atom E3825 processor and runs on the Ubuntu Core 15.04 operating system. It has a fanless design form factor and is optimized for wall and DIN-rail mounting, making it optimal for commercial or industrial environments. The gateway can also support extreme conditions in environments such as boiler rooms or inside rooftop HVAC units, with support for operating temperatures from minus 30 degrees Celsius to 70 degrees Celsius.

The Dell Edge 5000 gateway features 2 GB of DDR3L memory and a 32-GB solid state hard drive with M.2 SATA compatibility.

Cisco 910 Industrial Router

Cisco's 910 router is a gateway with s ruggedized design targeted specifically at smart city applications.

This gateway features a modular slot design so that the device can adapt to a variety of wireless sensor technologies at regional RF bands and rapidly go to market.

Cisco said the horsepower and on-board memory in its gateways give users fog computing capabilities.

The 910 can deliver an array of applications, including smart parking, smart street lighting, smart metering, asset tracking and environment monitoring.

HPE Edgeline IoT Gateways

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is looking to keep secure control of data at the network edge with its Edgeline Internet of Things gateways. These gateways, which are powered by Intel's Core i5 and low-power Atom processors, aim to accelerate the collection and analysis of data and offer an array of data aggregation, analytics and management capabilities.

The two Edgeline models – the 10 and 20 – are available in rugged, mobile and rack-mounted versions and are certified to work with Microosft's Azure IoT stack. Edgeline systems also incorporate HP's Moonshot system architecture, which the company said targets density, performance and power efficiency.

Huawei AR530 Gateway

The AR530 handles a wide temperature range, has a fanless design and provides Ingress Protection 51. Huawei's gateway AR530 series can support high- and low-temperature extremes – from minus 40 degrees Celsius to 60 degrees Celsius. The gateways also are dustproof, waterproof and can resist electro-magnetic interference.

The gateway uses a modular design and integrates various types of interfaces, such as GE, 3G, Power Line Communication (PLC), BPL (Broadband over Power Lines), ZigBee and Radio Frequency.

Eurotech ReliaGate 20-26

Eurotech's rugged, IP40-protected ReliaGate gateway runs on Red Hat Linux with a Bay Trail Atom processor.

This high-performance gateway has cellular, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth options and is equipped with a mini-DisplayPort as well as a USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports.

Eurotech said its gateway is "truly industrial" and runs on an open-source platform with support for flexible configurations and edge computing capabilities.

This gateway also has options of either 2 GB or 4 GB of DDR3L memory, depending on the model.