M2M Connectivity

M2M Connectivity

AUGUST EDITION OF CONNECTED

August 2014

Berg Insight predicts 3G/4G technologies will dominate cellular M2M communications by 2018 with the proportion of machine-to-machine connections over 3G and LTE technologies set to double worldwide. M2M connections over HSPA and LTE networks will grow from under 20 per cent in 2013 to greater than 50 per cent in 2018, as the industry begins moving away from traditional 2G connectivity.

The predictions are based on numerous factors including the phasing out of 2G services and the growth of 3G and LTE devices at more affordable prices. A trend towards higher data consumption for many traditional M2M applications is also cited as driving the shift to 3G and LTE.

Unlike Europe, Australia and US have already moved heavily into 3G usage for M2M and we are now starting to see a move to LTE for some applications.  LTE comes in many flavours – for Australia the LTE 700 bands being rolled out for 2015 promise coverage to match or beat 3G along with new services, not just high speed but in areas such as QoS and low bit rate services.

M2M Connectivity will be exhibiting at Electronex 2014 Sydney in September and will be showcasing some of the new LTE products we offer. Details and registration for free entry are provided below.

If you would like further information on any item in this newsletter please contact us. Click here to request more information

Darren Moroney – General Manager, M2M Connectivity

Product News

Sierra Wireless AirVantage Management Services

SW AVMSThe Sierra Wireless AirVantageā„¢ Management Services (AVMS) is a secure cloud-based device management solution that enables you to remotely monitor and securely upgrade the application software running on AirPrime Intelligent Embedded Modules and AirLink modems.

Remote diagnosis enables the running of sanity checks and configuring of devices, the monitoring of the wireless network quality and the compilation of traffic reports for analysis.

Software upgrade services include: delta generation: download only the code for faster download and reduce data volume; upgrade process for multiple devices; real time campaign monitoring; and reports.

For more information on the Sierra Wireless AVMS, please click here.

NetComm NTC 140W LTE Router

NetComm NTC 140W LTE RouterThe NetComm NTC-140W is a Wireless 4G WiFi M2M Router that utilizes the speed and performance capabilities of a LTE/4G network to deliver seamless M2M connectivity for broad range of M2M applications. Two Gigabit Ethernet ports and high speed WiFi connectivity make the NTC-140W an ideal device for high speed networking.

 The NTC-140W creates reliable point-to-point or point-to-multi-point wide area network (WAN) connections for a variety of mission critical applications such as primary broadband, video surveillance, retail, payments, in-vehicle wireless hotspot and business continuity.

The NTC -140W is available now. For more information on the NetComm NTC 140W LTE router, please click here.

IoT: Libelium Meshlium Router

Libelium Meshlium Router
The Meshlium Linux router for wireless sensor networks is designed to connect sensors to the Internet through either 3G or Ethernet interfaces. It simultaneously sends the information gathered by hundreds of sensor nodes directly to the Internet via a suitable radio interface (e.g. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, 3G/GPRS…) protocols depending on the connectivity options available in the area. 

Meshlium is ready to send sensor data to Cloud software platforms including MQTT, Axeda, Thingworx, and ESRI.  If you prefer to implement your own Cloud/Server solution you can still configure Meshlium to send data into any data base on the Internet or inside the Meshlium device.

For more information on the Meshlium router please click here.

LTE Update:  Sierra Wireless LTE-M

The number of LTE bands used in Australia is set to grow from todays 1800 MHz focus. Telstra plans to re-farm 900MHz spectrum for 4G and combined with 1800MHz this will allow for extra capacity for 4G devices supporting Telstra’s LTE Advanced.   Optus has access to 98MHz of spectrum in the 2.3GHz band for its TD LTE network as a result of recent completed acquisitions.

The build-out of LTE 700MHz networks is underway and we expect to see handset services by January 2015. LTE 700 offers greater regional coverage and capacity. Sierra Wireless’ 4G LTE module, the HL7 which features on the HL future roadmap for next year, will offer 700MHz to suit Australian LTE networks.

With 4G/LTE likely to be the technology of choice for M2M deployments, Sierra Wireless has been working with other hardware vendors and network carriers on the recently unveiled LTE-M (LTE for M2M).  LTE-M will offer low power consumption (up to five years for a device running on AA batteries), easy deployment and interoperability, good security and mobility, low overall cost, and excellent coverage.  Modules with this technology should start to come to market in 2016.

Electronex 2014

Electronex 2014M2M Connectivity will be exhibiting at Electronex, Electronics Design and Assembly Expo on stand A6.

When:   10-11th September, 2014
Where:  Australian Technology Park, Sydney

M2M Connectivity will be showcasing Sierra Wireless Air Prime Embedded Modules and the AirLink GX400 programmable gateway. Also on display will be Radiocrafts and ublox connectBlue industrial short range modules and Quake Iridium and Globalstar Simplex satellite modules for embedded design.

The Electronex Expo promotes design, development and manufacturing with the latest solutions and showcases new technologies for electronics production and systems integration.

For more information and free entry register here.

Tech Tip

Tech Tip:   Libelium Waspmote Pro IDE

Waspmote Pro IDE, if you find the display in serial monitor is totally unreadable, the most probable reason is the improper set of baud rate.
 
Always check if the correct baud rate is configured, especially when you are using a new Waspmote board.