M2M Connectivity

JANUARY EDITION OF CONNECTED

January 2012

 

The Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to connect 15 billion devices by 2015 with IoT applications requiring high bandwidth, real-time communications or reliability in remote locations.The M2M market, as a component of IoT, holds much promise for many OEMs, ISVs and ICT service providers.

It is acknowledged that IT and networking will be the most difficult part of M2M deployments, and service providers are already building and supporting M2M applications for vertical industries. Partnerships will be important for the many specialist players involved in the M2M value chain. Product providers, system providers and solution integrators all play a role and will need to work together to deliver a complete solution. The introduction of M2M Standards will also help by improving interoperability issues for customers interested in M2M solutions and 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

Globalstar SmartOne Line Power

SmartOne LPThe Globalstar SmartOne LP (line-powered) is designed for the intelligent management of powered and non- powered fixed and mobile assets. It is a practical solution for tracking asset location, reporting unauthorized movement, engine runtime reporting and major fault monitoring as well as a multitude of other applications. Users can track intermediate bulk containers, vehicles and boats as a solution to improve your assets operating efficiency and security.

The SmartOne LP can be line-powered (operates on external power) or in the absence, interruption or failure of line-power, the SmartOne LP will automatically switch to battery back-up to ensure transmissions continue. When using line- power, the user has maximum flexibility in messaging frequency allowing for regular monitoring of asset location. In battery mode  the SmartOne LP is powered by 4 “off-the-shelf” AA 1.5V lithium batteries providing 3+ years of battery life based on 2 updates a day.

For more information on the Globalstar SmartOne LP, please click here

NetComm NTC-4520

NetComm NTC-4520The NTC-4520 is a quad-band 3G Industrial serial modem in a small rugged form factor. A cost effective solution for wireless M2M connectivity, it provides 3G data connectivity enabling remote monitoring, control, management and reporting of industrial and commercial equipment and is also ideal for applications in metering, road signs, security, SCADA.

With a serial connection on one side and 3G on the other, the NTC-4520 allows devices to simply take serial data and using the embedded IP stack, send this over 3G to any other IP network enabled device.  It supports an extended AT command set that allows quick programming and configuration of the device.

For more information on the NetComm NTC-4520, please click here.

RouterBoard RB411U

RB411UThe RB411 is a feature packed 3G Ethernet/ serial gateway available with or without Wi-Fi. Suited for applications requiring solid 3G connectivity and a diverse feature set not commonly seen at this price point.

With 2 internal expansion slots (Mini PCI and Mini PCI-e) for use with a 3G card and/or an additional Wi-Fi interface, its on-board serial port allows a user to access a serial device over the internet with ease.  A built in hotspot feature allows you to quickly setup and deploy a public access portal. Highly customisable, the routerboard’s supported features include routing, firewalling, Wi-Fi bonding, SMB file sharing, VPN and scripting.

Available as a complete assembled kit including the board, rugged metal housing, antennae and power supply, we also offer various 3G radio options depending on the speed requirements of your application.

More details about the routerboard RB411U  can be viewed online here.

connectBlue White Paper – Wireless Technologies for Industrial Applications

Standardized radio technologies like Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11), IEEE 802.15.4 and Bluetooth technology (IEEE802.15.1) have become the dominating technologies for industrial applications.

The main advantages for using a wireless solution in industrial applications include Increased mobility and safety. cost-effectiveness, fast installation and commissioning and obtaining flexible Human Interface Devices (HID).

This white paper covers how various wireless technologies can be used to connect devices wirelessly to each other in an industrial setting. It also describes some specific requirements on wireless communication technology in industrial applications.

To read more, this white paper can be viewed online here.

Sierra Wireless Developer Studio 2.1.1

Sierra Wireless Developer Studio 2.1.1 is available now with the following new features:

*   Target management has been improved with OS Awareness
*   The ability to record and replay on UART
*   USB robustness improved
*   jTAG configuration simplified for WMP
*   Conditional breakpoints with embedded debugging now fully validated

For more details about Developer Studio 2.1.1 please click here.

Tech Tip

Powering up SL808x socket up board without a SL development kit.

The socket board is used to interface the AirPrime SL Series embedded module with the SL Development Kit. The socket board provides a changeable interface for the SL series embedded modules using the same set of peripheral devices. Socket up board has module soldered and can work standalone as a simple evaluation kit if powered properly. Here is the process for powering up SL808x socket up board,

Step1: Short the jumper CN305;
Step2: Supply 3.6V to CN304;
Step3: Connect USB cable to CN400;
Step4: Install 3G watcher;
Step5: Select the virtual AT command COM port for communication with computer.

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