M2M Connectivity

FEBRUARY EDITION OF CONNECTED

February 2013

This month Telstra announced it’s planned expansion of the 4G network into the 900 MHz band to cater for users in rural and regional areas. Telstra’s 4G network on 1800 MHz  currently covers around 40 per cent of the Australian population. The refarming of the 900MHz band from 2G to LTE could potentially affect 2G users who represent only a small percentage of Telstra’s customers.

Unlike the US, there has been no indication by any Australian mobile carrier of a timeframe for switching off the 2G network.  Last August, AT&T announced plans to shut down 2G GSM/ GPRS by Jan. 1, 2017.  This shutdown will impact about 12 to 14 million devices currently on AT&T’s GSM network.

M2M Connectivity is offering a discounted price for the NetComm 3G10-WVT Gateway which utlizes the coverage and speeds of the Telstra NextG network.  Also in this newsletter is a free trial of Sierra Wireless’s AirLink Management Services.

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

NEW INMARSAT 9502 BGAN M2M With Integrated Antenna

Inmarsat 9502 BGAN M2M modemThe Hughes 9502 all-IP, BGAN M2M satellite terminal is now available in a new version with integrated antenna.

This integration of the 9502 modem with a compact antenna creates a single-piece, integrated, rugged terminal to withstand the most extreme weather conditions with the highest IP-66 ingress protection industry rating for outdoor installation.

Providing reliable IP connectivity over the Inmarsat Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN), it includes backup and out-of-band management to primary site communications—ideal for SCADA and unattended sites equipped for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications such as environmental monitoring, SmartGrid, pipeline monitoring/ control, compressor monitoring/control, well site automation and surveillance.

For more information on the Inmarsat 9502 Integrated BGAN M2M modem click here.

IsatData PRO IDP680

IsatData Pro IDP680The IDP680 IsatData Pro modem works on Inmarsat’s global satellite constellation, providing for 2-way text and data communications with your assets.

The Inmarsat IsatData Pro network allows download of near real-time messages of up to 10,000 bytes to any device, and upload up to 6,400 bytes from the device. This increase in data packet size and transmission speed meets customer demands for higher data capacity and reduced latency in M2M solutions.

Designed for mission- critical applications, all messages are delivered within seconds, making the IDP680 modem ideal for sending information to people operating in high-risk areas, reporting alarm conditions and retrieving logs from remote equipment during an emergency.

Further applications include transferring electronic documents and vehicle telemetry information, text- messaging remote workers and maintaining up-to-date driver logs and more. There is also an off-the-shelf front-end application available with the ISAT IDP680 to allow you to track and monitor assets/vehicles if you don’t have your own solution.

For further information on the IsatData Pro IDP680, please click here.

NetComm 3G10-WVT – Discounted

NTC 3G10-WVTThe NetComm 3G10-WVT Gateway combines connectivity to Telstra Next G™ service with fast and secure WiFi and Ethernet connectivity. The feature packed device supports all of your online needs with: 2 Ethernet ports for wired connectivity, 54Mbps wireless networking, a 2.0 USB port, voice capabilities and 2 removable antennas.

Please contact us for the reduced price.  For more information on the NTC30W,please click here.

Sierra Wireless AirLink Management Services – Free Trial

Sierra Wireless AirVantageAirLink Management Services (AMS) is a secure, Cloud-based, Device Management for your AirLink ALEOS devices.

An off-the-shelf, hosted application tool, it enables Sierra Wireless customers to quickly and easily deploy a remote management solution for their ALEOS powered AirLink gateways and routers. By leveraging a cloud-based platform, AMS enables users to manage one AirLink device or thousands from anywhere with an internet connection.

AMS reduces barriers that have traditionally prevented customers from deploying a true remote management solution. with quick set-up and eliminating the need for any software to download.

AMS is now available as a 1 month free trial. More information about this offer here.

Radiocrafts RC232

Radiocrafts RC232 modules offer the fastest way to a wireless solution for your application to provide remote serial connections. With embedded protocol and an easy-to-use interface, an RF link can be introduced into your design in a most cost-competitive way. Radiocrafts RC232 modules offer:
– embedded protocol
– UART in, RF out
– up to 5km range
– easy to use cable replacement
– remote serial connection over wireless.

Also available is a RC232 dev kit for fast prototyping and proof of concept. For more information on Radiocrafts RC232, please clickhere.

Tech Tip

Tech Tip:  How to update with Open AT packages for Q2698.

Developer Studio provides a repository function which enables the Open AT users to get updated with the latest firmware, OS and Plug-ins.

Sierra Wireless has just released the first official software for the Q2698. The fast evolving Q2698 software requires the use of a specific HTTP URL.  To get these packages:

1. Go to the DS(Developer Studio), the Software Package Manager provides a perspective, accessible from the Window > Open perspective > Other… > Packages Manager menu.
2. In the Software Package Manager perspective, there is an Available Packages view,
3. Click the Add new repository button (red circled below), to pop up and Add new repository dialogue. Choose URL, and put in http://updatesite.sierrawireless.com/packagesbetaprogramq2698.
Once the OK button is pressed, the repository is scanned and its content is displayed in the Available Packages view where you can select Open AT Application Framework package (2.50.0.A2.201302211600) to be installed.

Open AT update for Q2698