M2M Connectivity

JULY EDITION OF CONNECTED

July 2012

M2M alliances are a recent development in the global M2M landscape with the aim to crack the code on how to offer cost-effective global M2M services that can span multiple network footprints. These alliances, one which involves Telstra and a number international operators, are set to create new models that may accelerate the growth of global M2M.

June and July have been exceptionally hectic following up inquiries from CeBIT – many about M2M One services and our 3G router
portfolio – and preparing for two upcoming trade exhibitions.  M2M Connectivity will be exhibiting at the AHA 2012 Conference in Melbourne and the Electronex Electronics and Design Expo in Sydney.  More details and registration  for free entry is featured in this newsletter.

We welcome new engineers to M2M Connectivity.  Prashanth Phutane and Roland Hamouche join us with extensive electronics / telecommunications knowledge and experience and are proving to be valuable members of our team.

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 Connectity

PRODUCT NEWS

Sierra Wireless OPEN AT for 3G on AirPrime
SL Series Modules

SL8080The Open AT Application Framework for 3G is available on the AirPrime SL Series 3G embedded modules. The Open AT Application Framework for 3G accelerates solutions for 3G networks making the transitioning of embedded M2M solutions from 2G to 3G networks both easier and smoother. Now customers will be able to build M2M application software once and deploy it in any market worldwide or seamlessly migrate from 2G to 3G. Designed to suit the needs of manufacturers of small host devices in high-volume production, the AirPrime SL Series offers EDGE and HSDPA connectivity in a compact and lightweight form factor based on standard 25×30 mm LGA (Land Grid Array).

For more information on AirPrime SL Series modules please click here

 

Opengear ACM5504-5-G-I RIM Gateway

ACM5504-5-G-I RIM GatewayThe new ACM5504-5-G-I RIM Gateway is a remote infrastructure management solution for environmental monitoring, power management and monitoring and remote site storage of offline logs and running configuration files.

With built-in 3G cellular access, enterprise-grade security and support for both ethernet and serial managed devices, the ACM5500 is the first fully automated remote management solution to provide secure access to, and control of, all the infrastructure at critical remote sites.

For more information on the ACM5504-5-G-I RIM gateway please click here.

 

Hirschmann Cellular, GPS, WLAN & WiFi Antennas

Hirschmann 1890S cellular only antennaM2M Connectivity offer a broad range of M2M antennas from Hirschmann with options for cellular only, GPS only, combinations of these, and WLAN / cellular options.

Antenna formats include magnetic mount and screw mount models as well as low profile models. M2M Connectivity offer these 3G/GSM and GPS models as standard but also are able to quote on any model with specific cable lengths and connectors for volume orders above 100 pieces.

For more information on Hirschmann Antennas please click here.

  End of Life Notice

Sierra Wireless has issued an End of Life notice for the AirPrime MC8790, MC8790(V) and MC8792 embedded modules.

Important dates are:

–  Last time purchase orders will be accepted by the 31st August, 2012.
–  Final shipment must occur before the 31st December, 2012.

Options as suitable replacements in the mini PCIE format are as follows:

MC8795(V):  850/900/1900/2100 Mhz quad band HSPA with UART
MC8090:       850/1900/2100 MHz tri band HSPA with UART
MC8705/04:  850/900/1900/2100 MHz quad band HSPA with no UART

The MC8795V is a product that is expected to go EOL end of 2013 so should only be considered as a short term option.

The MC8090 does have a UART interface so is the best longer term option with minimal design change.

The MC8704 (Data & Voice) and the MC8705 (Data only) provide support for 21Mbps downloads via USB interface.

For further information regarding these EOL products and suitable replacements, please contact M2M Connectivity.

AHA Conference and Electronex Expo

AHAM2M Connectivity will be exhibiting at the following trade shows in Melbourne and Sydney.

Australian Hydrographers Association (AHA) 2012 Conference – Melbourne

Date: 21-23 August, 2012
Venue: Moonee Valley Racing Club,  McPherson Street, Moonee Ponds
Stand No.: 22

This conference is held every two years and brings together a network of hydrographers, industry suppliers and water industry representatives from Australia and the Asia Pacific Region.  The AHA Conference is attended by leading government water agencies, water utility providers, hydro power generators, private industry groups and interested individuals. For more details and free entry please register here.

Electronex Electronics Design and Assembly Expo – Sydney

Date: 12-13 September, 2012
Venue: Australian Technology Park, Locomotive St, Eveleigh
Stand No.C18

The Electronex Electronics and Design Expo promotes design, development and manufacturing with the latest solutions and showcases new technologies for electronics production and systems integration. The Surface Mount and Circuit Board Association (SMCBA) Design & Manufacture Conference, now in it’s 24th year, will be conveniently running concurrently with Electronex. More details and free entry register here.
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Tech Tip

Tech Tip: AT+CSQ Signal Quality Measurements

The AT+CSQ command is used to read the received signal strength indication from your wireless module/modem.

AT+CSQ
+CSQ:,
OK

The dBm figure can be worked out using the following formula:
-113 + n x 2 = dBm
Where n is the value from the AT+CSQ response.

Converting RSSI to dBm example (good coverage):
AT+CSQ
+CSQ: 31, 0
OK

-113 + 31 x 2 = -51dBm

Converting RSSI to dBm example (weak coverage):
AT+CSQ
+CSQ: 10, 0
OK

-113 + 10 x 2 = -93dBm