Cobham Explorer 540


The world’s first BGAN M2M terminal designed to operate on both Inmarsat BGAN M2M and cellular 2G/3G/LTE, the Cobham Explorer 540 delivers always available connectivity for critical monitoring and control applications.

BGAN M2M is an IP-based service so the Explorer 540 is immediately interoperable with many existing infrastructure projects. Designed for permanent installation in remote locations, it will operate on solar power or a battery for years.

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Machine-to-Machine BGAN Terminal

As the world’s first BGAN M2M terminal designed to operate on both Inmarsat BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) M2M and cellular 2G/3G/LTE networks, the Explorer 540 delivers always available connectivity for critical monitoring and control applications.

The BGAN M2M service uses Inmarsat BGAN to provide a reliable, global, two-way IP data service. It is designed to connect monitoring and control applications in remote, unmanned locations, providing visibility and management of those assets. By combining BGAN M2M with cellular connectivity in the same terminal, the Explorer 540 gives users the opportunity to choose the best carrier for any location.

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Industry Uses

  • Utility smart grid – real-time control with about 1200 millisecond latency.
  • Weather, environmental, seismic warning sensors over a 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 – its low power and small profile make it an ideal alternative to satellite dishes.
  • Low- or high-bandwidth SCADA or M2M devices.
  • Any remote device that communicates over a standard TCP-IP internet connection.
  • 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 set up by anyone. Versatile power options with PoE (power over Ethernet) port.
  • Uses Inmarsat BGAN M2M or standard BGAN service provided by Ground Control.
  • LTE cellular option – failover to satellite when LTE is not available – least-cost-routing.
  • Global coverage – equipment can be located anywhere.
  • Secure from hackers when powerful firewall rules are in place or using a private network.
  • Remote management of terminal via SMS. Power tools to configure system when not on site.
  • Remote configuration and debugging capable via SMS.
  • Single unit design. Terminal provides Ethernet port (with optional PoE).
  • Mounting bracket included
  • Low power consumption.
  • Low profile – doesn’t attract attention from possible vandalism or theft.
  • Hazardous Area C1D2-Approved.
  • Dimensions(LxWxD): 202mm x 202mm x 51.8mm (7.8″ x 7.8″ x 1.6″)
  • Weight: 1.6 Kg (3.5 lbs)
  • Satellite Service: Inmarsat BGAN M2M and BGAN – Provided by Ground Control
  • Voice/Premium Voice: 4kbps / 3.1 kHz audo, 64 kbps (Not BGAN M2M)
  • Standard IP Data: Up to 464 kbps (Rx) 448 kbps (Rx). Class-2 BGAN terminal
  • Streaming IP Data: 32, 64, 128 kbps (Not BGAN M2M)
  • Interfaces: 1 x RJ-45 LAN / PoE, 1 x 8 pin terminal block (Ethernet / PoE), 3 x I/O pin, 2 pin ower input
  • Internal Interfaces: One Micro USB for cellular 3G module-modem, SIM card slot
  • Power: PoE via RJ45, 10.5-32 VDC (AC/DC not adapter provided)
  • Operating Temperature: -40°C to +75°C / -40°F to +167°F
  • Storage Temperature: -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)
  • Environmental: IP-66-compliant (withstands water jets from any direction)
  • Hazardous: C1-D2 Approved
  • Warranty: 2 year standard warranty. Extended warranties available

As Inmarsat’s first ELEVATE partner, Ground Control has access to competitive and flexible airtime plans. Visit our BGAN M2M Service Plans page for more details, or contact the team with your requirements and we’ll provide a customized quote.

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  • Explorer 540 terminal
  • Pole mount kit
  • Two cable glands and one blind plug
  • Torx #10 bit
  • Multi-Language installation manual (ENG, FR, DE, ES, RU, JP and CN)

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If you know the Explorer 540 is the device for you, and would like a quote for the device and / or BGAN M2M airtime, please call or email us, or complete the form, and we'll be happy to help.

If you're not sure yet what you need, and would like friendly and impartial advice, please get in touch; we have 20 years' experience in satellite connectivity, much of that in IoT / M2M applications, so you're in safe hands.