Design win; IoT gateway module configured for industrial IoT

January 27, 2017 // By Graham Prophet
Swiss IC and module maker u-blox has described how HMS Industrial Networks uses its ODIN-W2 Bluetooth/BLE+dual-band Wi-Fi Module for an industrial IoT solution

A smart factory solution from Industrial IoT specialist HMS Industrial Networks (Halmstad, Sweden), the Anybus Wireless Bolt uses the u-blox ODIN-W2 Bluetooth+Wi-Fi IoT gateway module to provide robust wireless connectivity for industrial environments.


The Anybus Wireless Bolt is a simple to install, rugged IP67 wireless module which connects industrial equipment to the cloud. It mounts onto existing industrial equipment, similar to a mechanical bolt and features an 18-pin internal connector compatible with industry standard protocols operating over serial, CAN, or Ethernet interfaces. Via its wireless connectivity (Bluetooth and Wi-Fi), it offers the possibility to manage machine configuration via a standard tablet or smartphone as well as to connect to a cloud service realizing Industrial IoT.


The u-blox stand-alone IoT gateway module ODIN-W2 provides compact multiradio gateway functionality supporting both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Its open CPU architecture and support for ARM mbed meant that HMS could flexibly integrate customer applications onto the module itself. This also allows for cost-effective and small form factor Industrial IoT solutions, with global wireless certification.


“ODIN-W2 with ARM mbed offers us the performance and flexibility we need in order to develop customized applications. It is is furthermore a slim and cost-optimized module, and it was thus not an option to develop such a solution using discrete components,” says Martin Falkman, Product Manager at HMS Industrial Networks .