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Arrow Electronics and R3 offer ultra-reliable, low-latency wireless M2M communications

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25 Nov 2019

  • Arrow and R3 Communications will exhibit together at SPS, Hall 5, Booth 250
  • Arrow has signed Agreement to offer the full range of R3’ ECHORING product range

Arrow Electronics has signed an agreement to offer the full range of R3 Communications’ ECHORING wireless networking products in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). ECHORING supports ultra-reliable, low-latency wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communications that deliver similar performance to current wired systems. Arrow will be present at R3`s SPS smart production solutions booth from 26th-28th of November 2019.

Many companies seeking to deploy industrial Internet of things (IIOT) or Industry 4.0 solutions need wireless networks that can match the performance and reliability of existing wired control networks. R3’s ECHORING delivers real-time performance levels with latency down to only 1ms, even in challenging industrial environments. A range of software solutions in combination with hardware modules, devices and reference designs based on Texas Instruments WiLink™ 8 Chip is now available to simplify integration with existing networks. Industrial communications protocols supported include PROFINET, PROFIsafe, Ethernet, and SafetyNet. For integration, operation and maintenance additional tools are available.

Industrial automation applications require critical synchronisation of different devices that, historically, could only be achieved by wired networks. However, Industry 4.0 can place a strain on cabling: machines need to be reached even when moving; scaleability requires a more flexible approach than fixed physical links can deliver; and moving parts are more susceptible to maintenance issues.

Thanks to the source code of TI’s WiLink™ 8 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo connectivity chip, R3 Communications adapted the ECHORING technology to work as an updated firmware on the WiLink™ 8 device. ECHORING uses a radio technology, delivering deterministic access, combined with massive cooperation to support reliability levels up to SIL 3. It can be integrated with existing industrial hardware and software (retrofit), helping to preserve previous investment in equipment. The security is powered by Olympus Sky, a company that enables military grade security at a fraction of the costs and complexity.

As part of the agreement, Arrow will be offering a starter kit that allows users to test ECHORING’s performance in their own production environment by substituting the kit’s wireless stations for existing Ethernet connections.



About R3 – Reliable Realtime Radio Communications GmbH

Founded in 2015, R3 - Reliable Realtime Radio Communications GmbH (R3) enables the integration of a powerful wireless connection into wired control networks. With the unique wireless solution ECHORING, the highest performance features are achieved: Real-time (1ms latency) and maximum availability (PERs up to 10-9). The young company captivates with competent investors such as Creathor Venture and IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft and well-known customers such as Liebherr, BMW and Kuka.


About Olympus Sky

Founded in 2015, Olympus Sky Technologies, S.A., enables military grade security at a fraction of the costs and complexity.  Olympus has a distributed, autonomous, zero latency, ledger-based system, with all of the features of Blockchain and none of the complexity. Past and current partners include, Magna Electronics, Boeing, Bombardier, Sony, and R3 Communications. The goal is to provide simple, reliable, security that is affordable for everyone, with little to no maintenance. Investors include, Trigon Ventures, PIBiR, ATG, and Ray Wirta, former CEO of CBRE (the world’s largest real-estate services company, with revenues exceeding $23B/year).


PRESS CONTACT R3 Communications GmbH:
Raffaela Wulff, raffaela.wulff@r3com.com, +49 176 47 12 55 41

Barthold Shield, bart@olympussky.com