Published, 31st May, 2021
Author: Jose Torres, IoT Solutions Architect at M2M Connectivity.
CSD is often used in many machine to machine (M2M) applications, especially across industry verticals such as Security and Utilities. Some examples of CSD powered connectivity include level crossings, industrial control, industrial systems, and SCADA.
You can think of CSD as a communication channel for industrial equipment. It provides communication from the field to acentralized locations. So, with the shutdown of 3G, it’s like removing the communication channel on the industrial system. The system will no longer be ableto extract data.
Therefore, as telecommunications carriers continue to decommission their 3G networks, connectivity services that use CSD technology will no longer work. Telstra announced a complete shutdown of 3G networks by 2024, giving businesses that use CSD around 700 working days to prepare for the change.
Here are two solutions that will allow your services to continue operating:
With the decommission of 3G, upgrading to LTE connectivity will ensure your services’ continuity. Your industrial equipment might not be ready for IP-native communication, so a complete upgradeto LTE might be the best option.
A CSD Emulation over 4G, or CSD over IP(CSD/IP) solution is the other option.
A plug and play modem, such as the Sierra Wireless FX30, provides M2M connectivity with a built-in solution for the decommission of 3G. Simply connect the modem to your existing infrastructure and the device will do the rest. This will save you time and money from needing to redesign your industrial infrastructure on new SCADA system.
The solution is what we call CSD over IP (CSD/IP) as shownin the figure below.
In our solution we deliver:
Here some questions to ask that will helpdecide whether you need our solution:
At M2M Connectivity we are helping our customers transition into a new wireless world where machines, devices and people are more connected, and new types of data can be created and captured to unlock faster, smarter ways of working.
We combine our unique in-house engineering expertise with the best devices and data services to create smart, integrated solutions which work in even the most remote and rugged environments.