Amazon tests new wireless bridge to extend range of Sidewalk network by up to 5 miles or more

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Amazon’s new Sidewalk Bridge Pro by Ring. (amazon photo)

Amazon says it is testing a new professional-grade device that can extend the reach of a single access point in its Sidewalk neighborhood wireless network to 5 miles or more.

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Called the “Amazon Sidewalk Bridge Pro by Ring,” the device aims to expand the Sidewalk network beyond residential neighborhoods to connect sensors and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices in business settings, college campuses and remote locations. indicates to.

It is not yet approved by the Federal Communications Commission or available for sale. However, Amazon Pilot program announced on Thursday to use the bridge to connect equipment on its Tempe, Ariz., campus with Arizona State University; and with Bellevue, Wash-based Thingy To provide connectivity to its air quality monitoring system which helps in combating forest fires.

Thingi AQ provides information to first responders to wildfires. (Thingy Photo via Amazon)

In its current neighborhood incarnation, Sidewalk uses Amazon customers’ Echo devices as connection points to create a shared, secure neighborhood network for devices such as outdoor lights and pet trackers. Ring and Echo devices are opt-in to the network by default. (Here’s how to opt out.)

In the ASU pilot, the Sidewalk Bridge Pro will instead derive its connectivity from Internet access built into blue-light emergency stations on campus.

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Amazon says that ASU “intends to expand the range of connectivity for its on-campus IoT devices, while also leveraging university Wi-Fi for high-bandwidth activities such as remote learning, video conferencing, online research or streaming.” liberates.”

Will use proof-of-concept with Thingi Lora To transmit data to and from the Thingy AQ air-quality monitoring device using the (Long Range) Telemetry Sidewalk Bridge Pro.

Amazon says the approach will “significantly increase connectivity to Thingi AQ and help protect public lands, homes, vineyards and farms from catastrophic damage.”

In a footnote regarding its claim of a 5-mile range, Amazon says the distance “varies depending on the height of the installation, the terrain, environmental conditions, and surrounding obstacles such as buildings or trees.”

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