Wim Vanheertum introduces some easy to use connectivity solutions that integrate into portable and body-worn devices


n innovative, recently launched series sets out to deliver advanced plug-and-use connectivity that’s easy to integrate into portable and body-worn applications such as cameras, radio systems, sensors, lights, GPSs, tablets, night-vision goggles, exoskeletons, switches, hubs and batteries. T e new Fischer LP360 connector – the


fi rst product in the Freedom series – has been designed to facilitate integration, maximise usability and optimise cable management in the defence, security, medical, industrial and civil engineering industries. T e rugged connector has seven power and signal contacts with USB 2.0 and Ethernet, and features three new technology innovations: the absence of a key code for 360° mating freedom; a ball-locking mechanism with sealing and variable pre- defi ned force; and specially designed plug pins sealed to IP68 with a membrane.

T e Freedom series thus enables

threefold usability, reducing cognitive, weight and reliability burdens with easy, intuitive mating, easy cleaning for improved durability, and a compact, low- profi le design that off ers easy wearable integration and panel-mounted cable assembly. In certain applications, when the plug is integrated directly into the housing of devices such as cameras, sensors, lights or GPSs, the series can completely eliminate cabling. In that sense, it off ers the cable-free wireless connectivity without the potential hassle of true wireless connections, and thus paves the way for further expansion into breakthrough connectivity solutions for the Internet of T ings (IoT).

USABILITY IS KEY T is smart connectivity solution has been designed from the outset with customers’ needs in mind. It’s easy to use, with 360°

Designed to reliably withstand harsh environmental conditions, the rugged Fischer LP360 connector is the fi rst release in a new series

mating, it’s easy to clean, and it off ers enhanced functionality with both power and signal. Designers will fi nd it very easy to integrate connectors such as the new Fischer LP360 into clothing such as tactical and security vests and protective personal equipment (PPE). T e Fischer Freedom series optimises cable management with an extremely reliable connectivity ecosystem designed to simplify wiring by reducing cables and loose connections if not building the connectivity foundation directly into a vest or other garment. T anks to its 360° mating freedom, with no key code, the connector can be plugged and routed in any direction to ensure that the cable can always travel a straight path to the connected device. No more twists and turns means shorter cables in the equipment worn by dismounted soldiers, healthcare professionals or patients, civil engineers, surveyors and operators, and law enforcement offi cers and security guards. Shorter cables reduce both weight and complexity. One example of the next-generation

wearables that innovative connectivity technology such as this series is enabling is an intelligent vest that engineers designed to serve as a hub for multiple portable and body-worn devices connected to a shared data and power bus. T is design reduces cable clutter and enhances usability while simultaneously making the equipment lighter and faster to set up.

Networked wearables that share a common data and power bus open up new opportunities in smart clothing and IoT applications such as smart vests


Wim Vanheertum is with Fischer Connectors.

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