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Explorer 540 BGAN Terminal
 Explorer 540 M2M BGAN Terminal
Explorer 540 BGAN M2M Terminal
MPN: 403711A-00500

Includes Pole Mounting Bracket
Certified C1-D2 Compliant
Price: $1,770 USD

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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)
bullet It is a high-speed, real-time Ethernet port to the Internet mag glass for any TCP-IP/Serial M2M, SCADA device.
bullet Incredibly rugged with IP66 rating. No enclosure required.
bullet Simple to setup by anyone. Versatile power options with POE (Power Over Ethernet) port.
bullet The connection is always live 24 hours a day 7 days a week from most locations on the globe.
bullet Terminal service uses BGAN M2M service or standard BGAN service.
bullet BGAN M2M service does not charge for overhead networking costs.
Poll mag glass 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!
bullet 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.
bullet Global Coverage - Equipment can be located anywhere without notification to Ground Control.
bullet Ubiquitous Global Network - Use the same service provider (Ground Control) for all remote locations.
bullet 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).
bullet The data connection is open, and stays alive. No wake-up operation needed to transmit/receive.
bullet It is secure from hackers when powerful firewall rules are in place or using a private network.
bullet Service Fees for BGAN M2M start at $23.99 a month for 2 MB Plan (Up to 2,000 monthly polls).
bullet 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.
Explorer 540 Brochure
Explorer 540 Brochure
Explorer 540
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Web PortalOptional Web Portal

Explorer 540 Oil and Gas Monitoring
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
bullet Remote configuration and debugging capable via SMS.
bullet It operates in extreme hot or cold temperatures -40°C to +75°C / -40°F to +131°F
bullet 24 x 7 Always-On capability
bullet No indoor unit required. Single Unit design. Terminal provides Ethernet port (with optional POE).
bullet Includes mounting bracket.
bullet Internet IP connectivity – at speeds of up to 464/448 Kbps (Down/Up)
bullet Supports Internet IP, SMS text messaging, Email, VPN, VoIP.
bullet PDP System Activation/Deactivation via SMS text message.
bullet 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.
bullet SMS texting control. Hibernate, Activate and other status.
bullet Hazardous Area C1D2 Approved
bullet 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.


BGAN Inmarsat Coverage Map
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 Contents 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)

Explorer 540 BGAN M2M Documentation

Explorer 540 Brochure Explorer 540 BGAN - User Manual Link Explorer 540 M2M Overview Explorer 540 Install Guide
Explorer 540 M2M Brochure Explorer_540_User_Manual Explorer 540 M2M Overview Explorer 540 Install Guide

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.


BGAN Management Tracking Solutions


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
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.

BGAN M2M Service
Info Link

Standard BGAN Service for the Explorer 540
The Explorer 540 is also capable of using standard BGAN service available from Ground Control. Coverage is global under one service plan.

Standard BGAN Service

Unlimited BGAN Link

Explorer 540 Cellular Module
Cellular 3G Module - Modem
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
9502 Power Supply
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.

$22 USD

Explorer 540 POE Injector
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.

$55 USD
Extended Warranty
3 Year Extended Warranty for the Explorer 540
Increase the 540 standard part & labor warranty to 3 years from purchase.

Price $235 USD

Explorer 540 M2M Specifications
 BGAN Network
Upload (Transmit) Max Speed Up to 449 Kbps - Class 2 BGAN
Download (Receive) Max Speed Up to 464 Kbps - Class 2 BGAN
Satellite Transmit Frequency 1626.5–1675 MHz (L band)
Satellite Receive Frequency 1518–1559 MHz (L band)
EIRP 15.1 dBW ± 1dB
GPS Frequency 1574.42–1576.42 MHz
Terminal Weight < 1.6 Kg (3.5 lbs)
Terminal Dimensions 202 mm x 202 mm x 51.8 mm (7.8" x 7.8" x 1.6")
 Interfaces - Via Cable Run - 10 Meter Standard Length
Data (Internet) Connection Ethernet RJ-45 (with option POE Injector)
Internal Ports 1 Micro USB for cellular 3G module-modem, SIM card slot, 3 pin I/O
Power Port 10.5 to 32 Volts DC. Two amp minimum (no AC/DC adapter provided)
Other One LED status light, 1 reset button, Web-Interface at
Operating Temperature -40°C to +75°C / -40°F to +131°F (Storage-55°C to +80°C / -67°F to +176°F)
Humidity 95% non-condensing at +40°C/+104°F
Robustness 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)
Hazardous C1-D2 Approved
Input Voltage 10.5 to 32 Volts DC. Two amp minimum
Normal idle Wattage 2.8 watts
Normal Transmit Wattage 19 watts
Wake on LAN Hibernation less than 30mW (Wake up function active)
Other Details
Languages Embedded Manual - ENG, FR, DE, ES, RU, JP and CN - Accessible in web interface at
Country of Origin The Explorer 540 is manufactured in Denmark
Warranty 2 year standard warranty - 3 year extended warranty available - more

Explorer 540 BGAN M2M Photos    
Explorer 540 M2M Telephone Pole   Explorer 540 contents
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
Back side of Explorer 540
  Star Screw to remove screws
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.
Internal Electronics of 540   Watertight Connectors for 540
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.
Three types of connectors   Bottom of Explorer 540
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
Mounting Bracket of Explorer 540   Explorer 540 Cellular Module
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.
POE Power Injector for BGAN   Explorer 540 Face
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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