Industrial XR

Long range Bluetooth -to- Serial interface with autonomous applications engine.

Cable Replacement, Long Range Bluetooth Relay, SuperBeacon, Device Scanner...


The AIRcable Industrial XR3 is an intelligent, long-range Bluetooth® designed for long-range RS232 cable replacement, industrial wireless sensor interfaces, mesh networking and data logging.

The AIRcable Industrial XR3 is based on our AIRcable SMD with file system, BASIC interpreter and operating system. It is simple to use, reliable, can be customize, and is compatible with all Bluetooth® wireless devices. The AIRcable Industrial XR3 can be programmed over the air because the application software is embedded in the device. The BASIC execution engine performs operations in both connection mode and in autonomous mode.

This new generation of AIRcable Industrial XR3 is enclosed in an aluminum case. It has a large rechargeable Li-ion battery and a universal USB charger for wired and solar power options. It also has a battery-backed real-time clock and a persistent file system for data logging as well as a SD card for FAT file system. In addition to this, it includes a built-in temperature sensor that gathers environmental data that can be accessed from the application program.


  • RS232 interface
  • DTR, DSR freely accessible
  • DTR can supply power, 5V @ 50mA
  • Automatic hardware handshake recognition (RTS/CTS)
  • Baud rate control through remote connection, BASIC program, and downloadable configuration
  • Advanced power control, low power mode
  • Handles two SPP Bluetooth connections simultaneously

Deploy it

Application tutorial is available

Long-Range Cable Replacement

  • • Even one side outfitted with our AIRcable long range technology will increase the range to standard Bluetooth devices by factor 10.
  • • Connect traffic light controllers for synchonization - eliminating the cost of underground cables

Autonomous Bluetooth Device Scanner

  • • Scans for all discoverable Bluetooth devices
  • • Find cell phones and report the signal strength to a server wirelessly in real time
  • • Track discoverable cell phones for traffic flow analysis

Bluetooth Data Relay

  • • The Industrial XR can relay a Bluetooth data connection (SPP) from an instrument for example to a cell phone service or to a computer to increase range. Use multiple Industrial XR3 for nearly unlimited range.

Autonomous Wireless Sensor Interface

  • • Add a RS232 sensor to the serial port, such as a LinkTH 1-wire interface and do data logging. Add an industrial IrDA-1.0 interface for instrument communication. server software is available.


  • Works with all Bluetooth devices.

Feature List

An intelligent, long-range Bluetooth® designed for industrial wireless sensor interfaces, mesh networking, long–range, and data logging

  • Wirelessly programmable in BASIC
  • Large, rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • Solar cell battery charger
  • Software-controlled RS232
  • 1 km external antenna included
  • Optional 2 km omni, 10 km directional antennas
  • Extended range for up to 30 km*
  • Interface for add-on sensors, file system (1GB SD card) & LCD display

The AIRcable Industrial XR is our flag ship product. Designed for wireless sensor interface, mesh networking and data logging applications with an RS232 port interface. This products is built for outdoor use where autonomous operation, flexible communication and long-range are important features.

These compact Bluetooth® compatible products gather data using intelligent sensors, run computations, transfer files, and communicate using secure, long-range Bluetooth to multiple partners simultaneously.

Programmable and configurable over the air, these units can be clustered together to create low-power, high-efficiency communications networks that interact with other AIRcable products as well as all Bluetooth compatible devices such as PCs, cell phones, and PDAs.

  • Based on current Bluetooth® 2.0 standards Bluetooth-FTP, Bluetooth-OBEX, Bluetooth-SSP, full simultaneous client and server for easy interoperability with cell phones, PDAs, PCs or any Bluetooth® based device
  • Wirelessly programmable Simple BASIC programming with powerful built-in functions for IO and communications, and on-board file system for logging data
  • Multiple simultaneous connections Can connect to multiple Bluetooth devices at the same time, mesh-net capable, bootstrap-configurable. Concurrent master and slave operations supported. Can extend range to any number of hops by acting as a high speed relay
  • 3 High-speed data links 2 wireless, 1 wired at 160 kb/sec per direction, sustained
  • Large rechargeable Lithium battery with a wide range charger for wired or solar power options

Revolutionary in design and function, the AIRcable Industrial unit integrates three cutting-edge technologies—programmable autonomous mesh nodes (motes), data loggers, and industry-standard Bluetooth® 2.0 compatibility. Based on our patented AIRmote™ technology, these versatile devices—which are about the size of a mobile phone—gather data using intelligent sensors (1-Wire® sensor bus), run computations, transfers files, and communicate using Bluetooth technology. These units can be clustered together to create a low-power, highly flexible mesh communications networks that can interact with other nodes and with other Bluetooth compatible devices such as PCs, cell phones, laptops, and handhelds. The communication diagram illustrates how our unit interacts with other devices, with the environment, with applications, and with the user.

BASIC Interpreter

The AIRcable Industrial is an intelligent, autonomous device that can be programmed wirelessly for any application written in standard BASIC—with no code compiler required. You can also access sensors—internal sensors or those hooked up to the unit’s built-in serial port—through your application program.

The AIRcable Industrial's embedded BASIC interpreter includes functions that you can incorporate into your customized programs:

  • Bluetooth connectivity (make connections, send files, etc.)
  • String operations (a unique feature for a BASIC interpreter)
  • Input/output (from all high-speed inputs)
  • File system capability

Wireless Data Streaming Ports

Wireless data streaming ports for an uninterrupted flow of information.

Another unique feature is its ability to manage up to four simultaneous connections, including: file upload/download, send/receive messages from other devices, and send/receive streaming data.

Ports include:

  • Bluetooth 2.0 Standard (80211 tolerant)
  • 2 wireless data streaming ports using Serial Port Profile (SPP) - one master, one slave
  • physical UART port
  • FTP connection

Since there two ports using SPP, both are able to send and receive data. It's much like conducting a conversation with another person. The master, or outgoing port, establishes connections with other devices. The slave, or incoming port, accepts connections. Because the master can connect to another unit, data can be forwarded on to a central location. By using the master, you can connect to another unit through the first unit, which can then connect to another unit, and so forth.

This chain of AIRcable Industrial units forms a range extender within the network of units.

Mesh Net

Flexible communication options through mesh net interoperability.

The AIRcable Industrial is an extremely versatile communication tool. Because it uses the OBEX (OBject EXchange) communications protocol, it can transfer messages such as vCard contact information, vCalendar schedule entries, vNote for Palm/PC, and even applications to any other Bluetooth device such a cell phone, PalmPilot, PC, or notebook, or to another AIRcable unit. When grouped together or with other Bluetooth-compatible devices, AIRcable Industrial units form a powerful wireless mesh network. For example, vintners can use cell phones to communicate with AIRcable Industrial units and obtain information about soil moisture levels or air temperature. And retail stores can send coupons to potential customers who pass in front of their store while talking on their cell phones.

File System

A built-in read-and-write file system lets you store, access, and work with data anytime, anywhere.

The device's on-board file system allows you to run BASIC programs and store information gathered by its data-logging function. For example, data streaming in from a sensor connected to the serial port can be loaded directly to its file system. And, you can access to the file system from a PC or your cell phone wirelessly. Best of all, the unit doesn't have to be connected to another device for the file system to work. It performs operations in both connection and autonomous mode. For detailed information on the file system, check out the AIRcable Industrial Programming Manual. Sensor Interface / Hardware Features

It is rugged, rechargeable, and more....

The AIRcable Industrial has:

  • a battery-backed real-time clock
  • a built-in temperature sensor that you can access by way of the application program, and
  • an antenna port with various indoor and outdoor antenna options for an extended range of up to 4 miles.

The devices have a large rechargeable Li-ion battery and a wide-range charger for wired and solar power panels. The unit can be powered up through the RS232 interface. Enclosed in an aluminum case, the AIRcable Industrial unit is designed to withstand most environmental conditions. Weather-proof versions are also available.

Other hardware features include:

  • RS232 interface
  • DTR, DSR freely accessible
  • High-speed UART
  • Automatic hardware handshake recognition, so you can hook it up to virtually any type of input device

Hardware Features:

  • 3"x3.25" Aluminum case
  • DB9 External Connector
  • 2.5 mm industrial power plug (Power plug info)
  • Reverse-polarity SMA Antenna
  • Battery voltage monitoring
  • Battery backed real time clock
  • Temperature sensor
  • Data logging file system

Shipped as a male serial accepting incoming SPP connections with enabled authentication.

AIRcable Industrial (ACC1602) package contains: AIRcable Industrial, 110V wall plug (9V DC), and a tilt and swivel 3.3dBi antenna for an extended range of 150m/1000m.