Low Power and High Performance Single Board Computers (SBCs) designed for embedded wireless and wired network applications.

Single Board Computer Application Library

Selected Examples for Your Use in Design of Wireless and Wired Embedded Systems

Gateworks has worked with customers on hundreds of wireless designs. In this section we offer short descriptions of selected example applications for use in selecting a Gateworks Single Board Computer that is right for your wireless or wired embedded system. Please contact us with any questions you may have about these design examples, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Drone and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Video/Data Controller

The Gateworks Single Board Computer can be used as a small battery powered SBC that provides wireless transmission of video (analog and HDMI), sensor and control data (such as GPIO, DIO, RS232, CAN Bus, etc ) to ground units. The ground station can be another Gateworks SBC. GPS support allows real time location monitoring of Unmanned Aerial Aircraf (UAV), drones, land robots, ROVs (remote operated vehicles). Drones require the rugged and industrial aspect of the Gateworks SBC. With the increased market of drones, the use of the single board computers has increased as well.

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Embedded Android Solutions

The Ventana Family of Single Board Computers are able to run the Android Operating System and are suitable for rugged industrial environments. Combining a Ventana SBC, Android, and a LVDS touchscreen LCD Display will turn any industrial project into an interactive easy-to-use system. With Android already installed, just add an Android App and the solution is instantly customized to the needs of the customer. These setups ('rugged industrial Android tablets') are no match for consumer level Android tablets that do not offer long life availability and hold up to the abuse in rugged environments.

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Mobile Diagnostics, Navigation & Multimedia

Gateworks rugged Single Board Computers (SBC) are matched for a tough automotive and marine environments. An integrated GPS allows for navigation, tracking, and statistics. A CAN Bus port allows for important vehicle monitoring and diagnostics. A rich graphical user interface via the Android operating system provides a rich multimedia experience. Whether it is a boat, plane, car, train or military vehicle, the Gateworks Single Board Computers are a precise fit!

Internet of Things Nodes

The Internet of Things, or IoT, is expanding at a rapid rate. Millions of devices will be connected to the network in the coming decade. Gateworks SBCs are low power in a small form factor, a great fit for IoT nodes. The Gateworks SBCs have GPIO, DIO, I2C, SPI, UART, RS232, RS485, CAN Bus, Video, USB, PWM and more. Connecting to the network is easy with Ethernet, Cellular and Wireless capabilities. The Internet of Things uses Gateworks Embedded SBCs to collect sensor data and communicate it to the cloud where users can access it.

Wireless Access Points and Routers

Multiple Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports offer high throughput for important networking applications such as routers, switches and VPN appliances on Single Board Computers. Mini-PCIe slots offer flexible expansion for wireless radios, cellular modems and more. Each Single Board Computer can have multiple wireless radios on different frequency bands to ensure complete coverage. 

Breadcrumb Wireless Repeaters

Small rugged battery powered wireless bridge nodes that create a bridge between wireless segments allowing extension of the operating range in harsh and severe environments. Mesh software is used to eliminate user configuration and units are typically tossed out of vehicles during reconnaissance missions.

Shaft Mining Communications

Hi-power wireless nodes using single board computers, or SBCs,  typically configured with mesh software to allow VOIP and data communications inside the mines. Location data using GPS for miners can be provided using received signal strength metrics. Gateworks has Single Board Computers that are rugged and rated from -40 to +85 Degrees Celsius. 

Utility Meter Reading

Electric, gas and water meter reading over different networking media including Ethernet, fiber, Wi-Fi and cellular.

Oil Platform Communications

Wireless communication of instrument and sensor data to control towers. Secure WLAN links between platforms and buoys.

Industrial Automation

Wireless communications using SBCs between factory floor equipment to allow real time monitoring of processes. Rugged wireless access points and clients enclosed in NEMA rated enclosures typically used to allow operation in harsh factory conditions. Gateworks Single Board Computers have the flexibility to provide both Ethernet and Wireless networking. Using a single board computer that is built rugged, made in the USA, and with Industrial temperature rating ensures a successful industrial deployment.

Agriculture Tractor Coordination and Communications

Provide a wireless network between tractors and agricultural equipment to communicate location using GPS and other vehicle data to allow synchronization between vehicles and maximize efficiencies. Gateworks has a Single Board Computer, or SBC, with Mini-PCIe slots for wireless connectivity. Additionally, CAN Bus is available on the Gateworks SBCs. These Single Board Computers have a wide input voltage range typically from 8-60VDC. 

Secure WLAN Links

Provide secure, hi-bandwidth, wireless data links between buildings and other structures.

Internet Hot Spots

Provide wireless internet for Hot Spots and Internet Café’s. Multi-radio support allows different frequencies/bands to be supported along with sectored antennas for increased range and bandwidth.

Digital Signage

Digital Signage is the wave of the future with its flexible, adaptable, and rich advertising. Half of the system comprises of the 'brain' or the SBC (Single Board Computer) that outputs the video onto an HDMI or other high definition display.  The Ventana Family of Single Board Computers paired with a media software creates the perfect Digital Signage solution. Wireless and wired interfaces along with cellular modems are available for a network connection along with serial ports, GPIO, and USB for peripheral interfacing. SSD (solid state drives) and a micro-SD memory card slot allow for large amounts of media storage. Hardware encoding on the processor ensures smooth media playback of H.264 1080P and other formats.

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IoT Gateway

The Gateworks SBC is perfect as an IoT Gateway, or Internet of Things Gateway. The IoT market is expanding rapidly. Thousands of nodes are being deployed and need to be routed through a main hub. The Gateworks SBC is the ideal IoT Gateway or IoT Hub. It has Ethernet, wireless and cellular capabilities as well as GPIO, CAN Bus, and more. Dual Ethernet models are also available. An Open Source Linux OS allows complete control of all the data before it is pushed to the cloud. Having an IoT Gateway that is rugged and industrial temperature rated is crucial for many IoT applications.

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Wireless & Wired Video Transmission

Video and Audio transmission is valuable in many different applications. Wireless is often required and can be achieved through using high powered 802.11AC wireless radios. The Ventana Family of Single Board Computers feature HDMI video & audio input and output. Analog is also available. Two Ventana boards can be connected wirelessly, with one being used for HDMI video input and the other being used to re-display the stream with HDMI output.

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Man Portable Units for Personal Video/Audio and Data Communications

These small battery powered units are worn by military and first responder personnel to allow wireless video, audio and data communication between other team members and central command. Mesh software is typically used to expand range and coverage plus allow talk groups to be defined. GPS support allows real time location and tracking of personnel.

Robot Video/Audio/Data Controller

Small battery powered unit embedded in robot to provide a wireless data link between the operator and robot. Uses hi-power radios for long range, hi-bandwidth and low latency transmission of video, audio, sensor and control data. Data can be encrypted to provide secure communications.

Video Surveillance

Provide low latency, hi-bandwidth wireless links from security cameras to monitoring stations. Video compression, such as H.264 is typically used to reduce wireless bandwidth requirements. Hi-power radios allow for long distance links to remote locations that could not be supported with wired links.

Surface Mining Communications

Mobile, hi-power wireless nodes used for vehicle tracking and communicating vehicle status back to main control center. Allows vehicles to be scheduled and directed for optimum efficiency.

Smart GRID Monitoring

Provide wireless data communications for Smart GRID sensors. Monitoring capacitor banks and transformers to allow service before catastrophic failures occur.

Agriculture Field Monitoring

Remote soil sensor and weather data monitoring to allow farmers to determine optimum irrigation schedules. Multiple sensors can be aggregated over Wi-Fi and then pushed up to internet using a cellular connection.

Bus, Train and Airplane Internet

Cellular and Satellite to Wi-Fi bridge for passenger internet access. Real time location and vehicle information can be provided back to control center for real time schedule updates.

Telecom WISPs

Provide multi-radio wireless access points for WISP deployments. Multiple radios allow for higher bandwidth and the support of multiple frequency bands. Dedicated backhauls can be implemented with high gain antennas to maximize distance and bandwidth between nodes.

Video and Sensor Data Streaming for Tablets and Smart Phones

Provide a USB interface to Wi-Fi Bridge for video devices and other sensors to allow direct streaming to tablets and smart phones.

Bluetooth Beacon Gateway / Hub

Bluetooth Beacons are being installed in many public locations to allow interaction between the location and a mobile device. Using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) the beacon is able to communicate with devices such as an iPhone or Android phone. Gateworks has Single Board Computers, or SBCs, that can act as a Bluetooth Gateway or Hub. With features like bluetooth, WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet, the single board computer is very flexible to fit into any Bluetooth Beacon system. Multiple Mini-PCIe sites also allow for a 3G or 4G cellular modem. Common Linux operating systems are used allow for easy customization of the bluetooth beacon setup.