Explorer 540 BGAN M2M Terminal
Includes Pole Mounting Bracket
Certified C1-D2 Compliant
The Explorer 540 BGAN M2M is the first M2M terminal designed by Thrane & Thrane that provides a continuous unmanned Ethernet port anywhere on the globe for service stating at $24 a month. It can use either BGAN M2M service or standard BGAN service and includes numerous remote operational controls give the operator command over the terminal. The Explorer series BGAN terminals have been operating in extreme environments for years so we're excited to see this design from Thrane & Thrane.
This remote Ethernet port has speeds of up to 464 Kbps.
Explorer 540 M2M Network Features (Using the BGAN M2M Service)
It is a high-speed, real-time Ethernet port to the Internet for any TCP-IP/Serial M2M, SCADA device.
Incredibly rugged with IP66 rating. No enclosure required.
Simple to setup by anyone. Versatile power options with POE (Power Over Ethernet) port.
The connection is always live 24 hours a day 7 days a week from most locations on the globe.
Terminal service uses BGAN M2M service or standard BGAN service. BGAN M2M service does not charge for overhead networking costs. Poll remote equipment for 1 to 2 cents per poll (if under 1 Kilobyte). This is a great deal!
Poll remote equipment 2,000 to 20,000 times per month for $24 to $110 per month!
BGAN M2M service only bills for the meaningful data transferred through the terminal, and not for
overhead, connection charges, or any data not from the attached equipment or client network. Global Coverage - Equipment can be located anywhere without notification to Ground Control.
Ubiquitous Global Network - Use the same service provider (Ground Control) for all remote locations.
When a critical issue arises, broadband 384/240 Kbps (Down/Up) communication speeds are available.
Latency - 800 to 1500 ms on average (Standard BGAN Latency).
The data connection is open, and stays alive. No wake-up operation needed to transmit/receive.
It is secure from hackers when powerful firewall rules are in place or using a private network.
Service Fees for BGAN M2M start at $23.99 a month for 2 MB Plan (Up to 2,000 monthly polls).
Remote management of terminal via SMS. Power tools to configure system when not on site.
Coming Soon - Dual Mode BGAN Satellite Network & Cellular Networks
EXPLORER 540 will be the only Inmarsat BGAN M2M terminal to offer dual mode operation, with 2G, 3G and GPRS which provides unique flexibility and M2M data communication cost-control, as it ensures the most cost-effective communication service can be chosen depending on location. The optional cellular modem is expected to become available in Q4 of 2016.
Low Service Costs - Starting at $23.99 a month Low KiloByte Cost - Pay For Only What You Transfer.
The Explorer 540 uses special M2M BGAN service that
charges between 1 to 2 cents per Kilobyte! On a 20 MB package, a remote device can be polled 20,000 times a month. And BGAN M2M service does NOT bill for
overhead data related to
establishing (or reestablishing) a connection to the High-Speed satellite network. This is a great deal for remote device control.
Explorer 540 M2M Equipment Features
Remote configuration and debugging capable via SMS.
It operates in extreme hot or cold temperatures -40°C to +75°C / -40°F to +131°F
24 x 7 Always-On capability
No indoor unit required. Single Unit design. Terminal provides Ethernet port (with optional POE).
Includes mounting bracket.
Internet IP connectivity – at speeds of up to 464/448 Kbps (Down/Up)
Supports Internet IP, SMS text messaging, Email, VPN, VoIP.
PDP System Activation/Deactivation via SMS text message.
IP66 Ingress rating Outdoor weather rating and corrosion resistant
Low power consumption. Normal operation use 2.8 watts idle, 19 watts burst transmitting.
Hibernation mode uses less than 30 milliwatts. (wake on LAN or wired trigger activates network in 30 seconds).
Operates globally with the same service plan for all continents. Coverage Map
Power requirements - 10.5 to 32 volts DC (minimum 2 amps).
Low Profile - Does not attract attention from possible vandalism or theft.
SMS texting control. Hibernate, Activate and other status.
Hazardous Area C1D2 Approved
Certified CE, FCC, IC, C-TICK, Inmarsat Class 2. Type Approved and BGAN M2M Certified.
BGAN M2M Ease Of Installation
Security Options Keep your devices blind to potential hacking from the Internet by two security options. (1) Our BGAN Traffic Control Service sets rules for what traffic is able to go in and out of the BGAN network. This service is included at no additional cost with any Ground Control BGAN subscription. Our other security service is setting up a (2) BGAN VPN or Private Network. Remote devices become
inaccessible from the Internet since they do not have a routable IP address. Maintain complete
security over all your remote assets.
Global Coverage & Service Service for the Explorer 540 M2M is global except for extreme polar regions. It uses standard BGAN service on any of three Inmarsat satellites for full connectivity from anywhere. BGAN Coverage Map
Industry Uses Of The Explorer 540 BGAN Terminal Consider the Explorer 540 as a low-power, Ethernet port in remote locations. Industry uses are:
►Utility Smart Grid - Realtime control with less about 1200 millisecond latency. ►Weather, environmental, seismic warning sensors over a wide (global) area. ►Pump/Valve monitoring and control - Access remote devices, screens, parameters. ►Asset Monitoring - Trigger Switches, Door open, motion detector, alarm send information. ►Remote Video Surveillance - 448 Kbps speeds allow for fast refresh-rate of images real-time. ►Credit Card Processing - low power, small profile, make it an alternative to satellite dishes. ►Low or High-Bandwidth SCADA or M2M devices. ►Any remote device that communicates over a standard TCP-IP Internet connection.
Explorer 540 Standard Package Contents ► Explorer 540 terminal ► Pole mount ► Multi-Language installation manual ► Embedded multi-language manual
System does require power source (10.5 to 32 volts DC) - more
(ENG, FR, DE, ES, RU, JP and CN)
BGAN Tracking - Monitoring - Controlling $19 per terminal per month - No term contracts - Info
Ground Control's Terminal Management utility tracks, monitors and controls one or more BGAN terminals from a secure intuitive web interface. This highly functional tool provides BGAN GPS location, BGAN service usage totals, terminal activity, PDP context activation-deactivations, geo-fencing, wake-up and sleep commands, and a historic log file for all activity and locations. This is a must have application for asset monitoring.
The BGAN Terminal Management solution is $19 per month per terminal added to the manager. There are no term requirements, and you may add and remove terminals at any time. More information on the BGAN Terminal Management Solution from Ground Control.
Industry Uses Of The Explorer 540 BGAN M2M Consider the Explorer 540 as simply a live, low-power, low cost, Ethernet port/ Serial Port in remote (or urban) locations most anywhere on the planet. Industry uses are:
►Utility Smart Grid - Automated monitoring, remote control of power distribution lines. ►Pump/Valve monitoring and control - Access remote devices, screens, parameters. ►Environmental Monitoring - Place and move (at any time) weather stations to any location. ►Oil & Gas - Flow management, rod pump, compressor efficiency, linepac, pipe integrity. ►Asset Monitoring - Trigger switches, door open, motion detector, alarm send information. ►Remote Video Surveillance - 448 Kbps speeds allow for fast refresh-rate of images real-time. ►Credit Card Processing - low power, small profile, make it an alternative to satellite dishes. ►Low or High-Bandwidth SCADA devices. ►Any remote device that communicates over a standard TCP-IP Internet connection.
Explorer 540 Accessories
BGAN M2M Service for the Explorer 540
The Explorer 540 uses special BGAN M2M service. Coverage is global except for extreme north and south polar regions. Equipment can be moved and repointed anywhere without notice to Ground Control, globally.
When available, the Cellular Modem of the Explorer 540 would often be used as the primary data connection. When cellular goes dead, the network connection fails over to the BGAN network. This option is scheduled to be available in Q4 of 2016
Available Q4 2016
AC/DC Power Supply
If 10.5v to 32 volt DC power is not available on site, this 5 Amp AC-DC power supply will power the Explorer 540. Note that the Explorer 540 does NOT ship with a power supply. SKU-BGANAHACDC001
POE (Power Over Ethernet) Injector
The Explorer 540 may be powered by a single Ethernet cable instead of running a 2nd power cable to the terminal using this POE (Power Over Ethernet) injector. Requires 12 volt DC power source. SKU-BGANAE540INJ
Price $55 USD
3 Year Extended Warranty for the Explorer 540
Increase the 540 standard part & labor warranty to 3 years from purchase.
Interfaces - Via Cable Run - 10 Meter Standard Length
Data (Internet) Connection
Ethernet RJ-45 (with option POE Injector)
1 Micro USB for cellular 3G module-modem, SIM card slot, 3 pin I/O
10.5 to 32 Volts DC. Two amp minimum (no AC/DC adapter provided)
One LED status light, 1 reset button, Web-Interface at 192.168.128.100
-40°C to +75°C / -40°F to +131°F (Storage-55°C to +80°C / -67°F to +176°F)
95% non-condensing at +40°C/+104°F
0.5 m/1.64 ft drop on concrete, (operational, 95% survival)
ODU Water and Dust
IP-66 Compliant (withstands water jets from any direction)
10.5 to 32 Volts DC. Two amp minimum
Normal idle Wattage
Normal Transmit Wattage
Wake on LAN Hibernation
less than 30mW (Wake up function active)
Embedded Manual - ENG, FR, DE, ES, RU, JP and CN - Accessible in web interface at 192.168.128.100
Country of Origin
The Explorer 540 is manufactured in Denmark
2 year standard warranty - 3 year extended warranty available - more
Explorer 540 BGAN M2M Photos
While the Explorer 540 has two entry points at the bottom of the terminal, it can run directly off of PoE (Power over Ethernet) with the optional POE injector. PoE makes installing the 540 a breeze since there will be only one wire to run to the terminal.
The Explorer 540 content consist of the 540 terminal, two watertight ports and a single sealing cap, a pole/wall mount with allen wrench and an installation guide. Click for larger photo
The backside of the Explorer 540 shows the mounting holes and electronics cover of the terminal. The Explorer 540 is rated at IP66 (Powerful water jets from any direction). Click for larger photo.
A Torx #10 bit is used to remove and seal the electronics cover.
The internal electronics of the Explorer 540. Note that you may connect via RJ-45, or the individual wires of the Cat5e cable. Also note the SIM card tray and the 12 to 24 volt power connectors with a 3rd ground connection. Click for larger photo
The 540 includes weather-tight cable connections. Very easy to install by anyone and requires no certified installation.
A close-up of the watertight ports and the sealing cap.
The O-rings around the sealing caps and cable connectors keep the terminal protected from sever elements. Operating temperatures are -40°C to +75°C | -40°F to +131°F
The pole-mounting bracket comes standard with the Explorer 540 M2M BGAN terminal. The bracket can fit around a pole diameter of 47 millimeters (1.75"). May also use Pipe-Straps for larger pipe installations. Click for larger photo
The optional Explorer 540 cellular module or modem can be the primary data connection for your equipment, and then failover to BGAN when the cellular network is unavailable for 100% uptime. The 3G cellular module is expected to be available in Q4 of 2016.
The optional Explorer 540 POE Ethernet Injector powers the Explorer 540 with a single Ethernet cable.
The Explorer series BGAN terminals have performed incredibly well in harsh clients from all locations in the world and is a highly recommended solution for remote Ethernet ports.
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