Trimble introduces new industrial Wi-Fi client

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) has introduced the new Enterprise Client for Outdoor Networks (eCone) FCI-2700, a rugged Wi-Fi client for industrial vehicles, the company said.

The Trimble® eCone extends the range and improves coverage for any IEEE 802.11 wireless network, and includes the latest 802.11ac wireless standard.

Housed in a rugged, IP67-rated enclosure, the Trimble eCone FCI-2700 significantly improves wireless network reliability by enabling users to mount the entire wireless router outside the vehicle. The eCone connects to the vehicle using a single weatherproof Ethernet connection and is powered via the Ethernet directly from the vehicle´s power — either 12V or 24V.

The solution´s design allows for easy installation on vehicles used for large outdoor applications, such as container handling equipment including reach stackers, top loaders, RTGs, UTRs and terminal tractors. In addition to supporting IEEE 802.11ac in the 5 GHz band, the eCone supports legacy standards including 802.11a/b/g/n and 2.4 GHz. The eCone is also capable of providing on-vehicle wireless connectivity for multiple IP-enabled devices.

The Trimble eCone contains four internal antennas to support 2×2 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) functionality across both 2.4 and 5GHz frequency bands, which increases coverage and extends the range of the entire network. The eCone also includes an embedded Trimble Condor C1011 GPS module to monitor the vehicles´ location for wireless network mapping and enhanced troubleshooting.

The eCone is the ideal complement to the Trimble Phocus Array Access Point, a configurable industrial-grade wireless access point with a smart antenna that optimizes wireless coverage in harsh environments. Together these solutions deliver industry-leading wireless performance suited for the challenging conditions found in industrial Wi-Fi environments.

Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location–including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.