High-Performance Outdoor Access Point for Wireless Sensor Networks The Cisco® Aironet® 1552S Outdoor Access Point is the latest model in the Cisco Aironet 1550 Series. The 1552S merges the ruggedized outdoor 802.11n access point with an integrated, ISA100-compliant backbone router to provide a seamless solution for wireless sensor networks. The ISA100.11a radio has been designated specifically for mission-critical wireless connectivity to industrial sensor equipment. With an ISA100.11a radio integrated in an 802.11n-based access point, a single solution addresses the growing need for wireless mobility while also providing mission-critical connectivity for industrial sensing and monitoring equipment, such as gauges for water treatment plants, sensors for chemical plants, and vibration monitoring solutions for oil rigs.This allows customers to combine business use cases, such as: Monitoring a chemical treatment plant while providing onsite security via wireless video surveillance Monitoring the equipment and gauges on an oil rig while an onsite worker downloads schematics, blueprints, or work instructions to a handheld Wi-Fi tablet Providing real-time information to an onsite engineer about changes to processes and equipment so that abnormalities can be dealt with immediately The Cisco Aironet 1552S Access Point is also Class 1, Div 2/Zone 2 hazardous location certified. This means it is designed specifically for hazardous environments like oil and gas refineries, chemical plants, mining pits, and manufacturing facilities. The 1552S offers a single-box solution rather than requiring two separate wireless networks?one for 802.11n and one for ISA100 sensor networks. By eliminating the extra power and network connections, which can be expensive to deploy in hazardous locations, the 1552S saves costs by reducing deployment times while offering a flexible, secure, and scalable mesh network for high-performance wireless coverage for both Wi-Fi clients and ISA100.11a field instruments across large facilities. With all these benefits, the Cisco Aironet 1552S Outdoor Access Point can improve overall plant reliability, safety, and profitability.