XSun chooses Sierra for solar-powered autonomous drone

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR) (TSX:SW), the provider of fully integrated end-to-end solutions for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, has announced that XSun has selected Sierra Wireless´ device-to-cloud IoT solution, including AirLink® RV50 gateways, multi-operator smart connectivity services and the AirVantage® IoT platform, for its solar-powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), the company said.

XSun´s SolarXOne is designed to be autonomous in energy and flight control to enable long-endurance flights for agriculture, maritime, land and industrial infrastructure surveillance.

XSun, a startup based in France, architected the 4.5m-wide SolarXOne with a wide surface of solar panels and a large variety of sensors, giving it the ability to fly autonomously for days, covering long distances while collecting data. Supported by distributor Sphinx Connect France, XSun chose Sierra Wireless´ device-to-cloud solution to enable reliable connectivity and real-time data transmission, which allows its customers to see exactly what´s happening on their sites at any time, so they can intervene quickly, even immediately, in the event of an emergency.

The Sierra Wireless solution also enables XSun to measure data consumption and manage its entire fleet lifecycle from its control center.

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR) (TSX:SW) is an IoT pioneer, empowering businesses and industries to transform and thrive in the connected economy. Customers Start with Sierra because we offer a device to cloud solution, comprised of embedded and networking solutions seamlessly integrated with our secure cloud and connectivity services. OEMs and enterprises worldwide rely on our expertise in delivering fully integrated solutions to reduce complexity, turn data into intelligence and get their connected products and services to market faster. Sierra Wireless has 1,400 employees globally and operates R&D centers in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.sierrawireless.com.