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SENA announces Industrial Bluetooth Access Point

SENA announces Industrial Bluetooth Access Point
November 17, 2006 - The Parani-MSP100 from SENA is a Bluetooth to IP gateway that connects Bluetooth devices to 10/100 Base-T Ethernet network. Supporting point to multi-point connectivity to 7 points, it transmits data from each Bluetooth terminal to management station via TCP/IP at a rate of 723Kbit/s. Connections can be extended up to 14 using an optional USB extension dongle.

The Parani-MSP100 supports profiles including Serial port, LAN access, PAN and Dial-up networking to keep Bluetooth devices interoperating smoothly and easily. Serial Port Profile enables Bluetooth support for serial data connections. LAN access profile provides network access and Dial-up networking profile provides modem services. Security is handled through RADIUS authentication protocol.

Furthermore, the Parani-MSP100 supports various operating modes including TCP Server, TCP Client, Repeater, Vertex, and RS-232 modes. TCP Server mode allows management station to initiate a TCP connection to the Bluetooth device attached to the Parani-MSP100. And in TCP Client mode, the Parani-MSP100 receives data from serial device and establishes a TCP connection to management station. This mode is useful in applications like bar code readers where serial device needs to initiate the connection.

In Repeater mode, the Parani-MSP100 expands the range of your wireless network. And in Serial Hub mode, it acts as a hub for point-to-point communication between two Bluetooth devices or as an interface between 1 Bluetooth master and a series of slave devices.

The Parani-MSP100 runs on embedded Linux operating system, with flash memory for easy software upgrades, and built-in web server and web interface for quick installation, and remote configuration and management. The unit comes with LED indicators for power, status, error, and RJ45 connections. Nominal transmit range is 150m and can be extended up to 1000m using an optional patch antenna.

The unit is designed for large-scale wireless installations especially in the areas of retail/pos, industrial, medical, and banking sectors, which are traditionally fitted with serial connections. It can be used in a wide range of retail/POS applications including wireless payment and receipt printers. For example, a mobile phone could connect to a kiosk over a Parani-MSP100 link at which you could buy a ticket. Similarly, a PDA, mobile phone, or other device could be used to pay for goods and services using Parani-MSP100 Bluetooth communication links with a cash register.

In industrial applications, the Parani-MSP100 connects devices such as sensors, instruments, actuators, and other industrial equipment to wireless Bluetooth communications.
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