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M2M Connectivity Newsletter December 2014

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December 2014

The Internet of Things (IoT) will be significant in reshaping the competitive landscape with its productivity potential delivering future efficiencies and prosperity.  The IoT gives rise to IT as an integral part of a device by infusing sensors, processors and software in every product imaginable and coupling it with analytics.

It is anticpated that M2M/ IoT will transform every sector of society and the economy and it will be in this context that new businesses and new industries will emerge.  LTE will be prominent in future M2M / IoT developments with much attention paid to cloud computing.

As this busy year comes to an end, we look forward to an exciting 2015 with new high speed 4G/LTE products, more satellite module/modem options and new application/services on offer.

From myself and the team at M2M Connectivity, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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


Christmas Closure

M2M Connectivity will be closed over Christmas and the New Year period.

Office closed:      Wednesday, 24th December, 2014

Office reopens:    Monday, 5th January, 2015.

   For urgent enquiries please email

NEW Tallysman GPS/GLONASS Timing Antennas

The TW3430/TW3432 are precision grade GNSS antennas covering the GPS L1, GLONASS L1 and SBAS (WAAS, EGNOS & MSAS) frequency bands (1574 to 1606 MHz). They are especially designed for precision timing applications and offer excellent circular polarized signal reception, multipath rejection and out of band signal rejection.

The TW3430/TW3432 feature a highly circular dual-feed wideband patch element, with a two stage Low Noise Amplifier, comprised of one input LNA per feed, a mid-section combining circuit and SAW. This configuration provides an excellent axial ratio that is constant across the full frequency band. An optional tight pre-filter is available with part number TW3432 to protect against saturation by high level sub-harmonics and L-Band signals.


For a limited time only, a special offer is available on development kits from M2M Connectivity.

Purchase a development kit and receive a Netgear 760S 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot free!

The retail price of the 760S is $230 ex GST.  The offer is valid until the end of 2014

M2M Connectivity has a wide range of development kits for

– 3G & LTE: Sierra Wireless AirPrime modules,
– Satellite: Quake Iiridum and SkyWave IDP,

– GPS/GNSS: NVS Techologies CSM modules.
– Short Range : Libelium 6LoWPAN for sensor networks and
Radiocrafts dev kits for TinyMesh, M-Bus, ZigBee and RC232

IoT Update: GSMA IoT Device Connection Efficiency Guidelines

The GSMA guidelines for the IoT market outlines the most intelligent and efficient way devices and applications should communicate via mobile networks.  The report, ‘IoT Device Connection Efficiency Guidelines,’ has received the backing of leading mobile operators worldwide as well as ecosystem partners including Sierra Wireless and Jasper.

Supporting device and application developers as the IoT market develops, the guidelines include a number of best practice areas such as data aggregation within devices, non-synchronous network access, application scalability and guidance on how to manage signaling traffic from de-activated or out-of-subscription SIMs.

In addition to the guidelines, the GSMA is also undertaking a project to develop a common set of acceptance tests for IoT devices and applications to ensure best practices are being followed. The project will establish a single, standard set of connection efficiency tests for IoT devices and applications, enabling players across the industry to develop and deploy IoT services with confidence.

For more information about IoT and to view the GSMA  report ” IoT Device Connection Efficiency Guidelines”, click here.

LTE Update:  700MHz Spectrum

The 700MHz spectrum will be nationally available from January 2015. Telstra anticipates its 4GX network (combining 700MHz and 1800MHZ) will be rolled out to all capital city CBD areas and 50 regional locations. 4GX delivers higher typical mobile speeds on compatible devices than exist on its current 4G and reports that compatible devices can achieve typical download speeds of up to 100Mbps.

Vodafone announced it had switched on its faster LTE-A network in Melbourne. The so-called “4G+” network is comparable to Telstra’s “4GX” network.

The lower-frequency 700MHz spectrum is reported to have better coverage being able to reach greater distances, and making it a better offering for regional and rural areas.  Optus has a large regional expansion of 4G planned.  Using 2600MHz and 700MHz spectrum, Optus anticipates roll out of 4G to 200 regional locations across the country by April, 2015.

Case Study: BIGmate’s Sierra Wireless AirLink Solution

BIGmate Monitoring Services is a nationally recognized fleet GPS and asset/vehicle tracking company with global reach based in Queensland. The company provides tracking solutions for Australia’s largest companies in a wide range of industries including government, mining, delivery, and transportation.

BIGmate has deployed more than a thousand Sierra Wireless FX Series programmable modems in field service vehicles across Australia and beyond. Their asset tracking solutions continue to help improve personnel safety and vehicle lifecycle, as well as provide increased business efficiencies to their customers through access to real-time data and analysis.

To read about the benefits garnered from Sierra Wireless and BIGmate Monitoring Services partnership for mining, transport and construction, click here.

Tech Tip

Tech Tip:  Sierra Wireless HL series – What’s the better way to make a reset?

Hardware reset must be used carefully; it could have an impact on the FLASH lifetime.

Please don’t use the RESET signal during the start sequence of the module. It has to be used only as a last chance to restart everything.
We strongly recommend to use the following AT commands to shut down module instead of the hardware reset.

HL8548x – AT+CPOF

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