Melbourne, Australia – November 29, 2013: M2M Connectivity introduces the Sierra Wireless AirPrime HL Series,the smallest embedded wireless modules to offer complete p
Melbourne, Australia – November 29, 2013: M2M Connectivity introduces the Sierra Wireless AirPrime HL Series,the smallest embedded wireless modules to offer complete pin-compatibility and is interchangeable across 2G, 3G and 4G technologies. Unique features of the HL Series modules are the choice of snap-in or solder-down connectivity for scalable production, and over-the-air upgradability.
The HL Series modules include satellite navigation support with GNSS (GPS and GLONASS) and provide device manufacturers with the ability to serve different regions, across multiple network technologies, with one device design.
The AirPrime HL Series is ideal for M2M communications applications in point-of-sale, smart grid, fleet management and tracking.
The flexible hardware design of the AirPrime HL modules is evident with snap-in socket or solder-down options available. Using the snap-in socket, device manufacturers can quickly place the module in the device any time in the production cycle and swap 2G modules for 3G or 4G modules in the future, even in completed and field-deployed devices. Both the snap-in and solder-down options enable manufacturers to leverage one design for their 2G, 3G, and 4G deployments, simply by changing the module installed in production – no other changes to the device design would be required.
The AirPrime HL Series is also designed to be future-proof. With AirVantage Management Service, an off-the-shelf cloud-based M2M platform from Sierra Wireless, customers can easily upgrade device firmware over-the-air for thousands or even millions of deployed devices at a time, ensuring they can stay in service for many years while lowering maintenance time and operating costs.
“We know that integrating new technology is one of the key challenges our customers face in their M2M deployments and it can prevent customers from deploying or evolving to new technologies as quickly as they would like to,” said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President, OEM Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “The AirPrime HL Series meets that challenge head-on, providing a clear and simple 2G-to-4G migration path, the flexibility to swap modules as required, and effective, scalable firmware management for post-deployment upgrades. It’s an innovative solution to some of the most critical issues we see in M2M deployments across multiple industries.”
The HL6528 supports quad-band GSM/GPRS and provides enhanced multi-network coverage, thanks to Dual SIM Dual Standby technology, which allows continuous operations. The HL8548 additionally supports penta-band HSDPA/HSUPA and quad-band EDGE for global coverage. Both the HL6528 and the HL8548 offer extremely low power consumption and an extended power supply range, significantly improving battery-powered applications.
Samples of the HL6528 (2G) are available now with commercial shipments expected to begin in the first quarter of 2014. Samples of the HL8548 (3G) are expected to be available in the first quarter, with commercial shipments expected in mid-2014. 4G LTE versions will follow, with more specific launch dates to be announced later.
For more information about the Sierra Wireless AirPrime HL Series embedded wireless modules, please contact M2M Connectivity at:
Ph: +61 3 9696 3011
About M2M Connectivity
M2M Connectivity is a specialist distributor of leading wireless modules and modems for M2M communications in Australia and New Zealand. Our product portfolio of modules, modems and gateways/routers provide connectivity solutions for cellular ( LTE, 3G/NextG, GSM) and Satellite (Inmarsat, Iridium, Globalstar Simplex, Orbcomm) and GNSS/GPS services. We offer products for industrial short range Bluetooth,WLAN, Zigbee, RS232, KNX and TinyMesh and customer engineering support.
About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) is the global leader in machine-to-machine (M2M) devices and cloud services, delivering intelligent wireless solutions that simplify the connected world. We offer the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of 2G, 3G and 4G embedded modules and gateways, seamlessly integrated with our secure M2M cloud services. Customers worldwide, including OEMs, enterprises, and mobile network operators, trust our innovative solutions to get their connected products and services to market faster. Sierra Wireless has more than 850 employees globally and has R&D centers in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.sierrawireless.com.