M2M Connectivity

M2M Connectivity

JULY EDITION OF CONNECTED

July 2014

The recent announcement of the shutdown of Telstra’s 2G/GSM network has implications for all 2G/GSM telemetry and m2m devices. Even though other carriers have no immediate plans to sunset their 2G networks, this could change anytime. Solutions are sought for the affected but still widely used 2G/GSM devices which have offered cost effectiveness, reliability and enduring performance.

Circuit switched data (or dialup over GSM) has been well utilized in M2M applications, particularly across vertical markets such as security and utilities. Information on the migration from old circuit switched data (CSD) services to an IP based communications is featured below.

M2M Connectivity will be exhibiting at Electronex 2014 Sydney in September. Details and free entry are provided for you to visit us on our stand.

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 Sendum Package Tracker PT300D

Sendum PT300DThe Sendum PT300D is a near real time, multi-sensor asset tracking solution that enables the monitoring of in-transit conditions of packages or assets. It provides information on the location and condition of your packages or assets to an online portal by which you can view this data. Customisable triggers and
alarms can be preset or changed while your packages or assets are in-transit, enabling action to be taken before the goods are damaged or permanently lost.

The PT300D is designed to work in impaired environments using GPS , WiFi, and Cell based location to provide a best effort location.

Environmental inputs monitored by the PT300D include temperature, humidity, light (ambient & infrared), and tilt.  Monitor security conditions such as geo-fences and unauthorised entry with the PT300D or monitor key factors such as location, product tampering and handling.

The Sendum PT300D is available on the Telstra network.
For more information on the Sendum PT300D, please click here.

CSD Emulation over IP

M2M Connectivity offers a turnkey solution to emulate CSD over IP developed for the many legacy M2M devices using CSD.  This M2M solution can set up an IP call that 100% emulates CSD without requiring changes to back-end systems and provides cost savings by moving from a CSD SIM to a M2M SIM using just 1-2MB data per month.

The CSD/IP emulation is provided on 3G modems, providing a degree of future proofing, not just by removing reliance on CSD services from the networks (more will be turned off at some stage), but by ensuring the CSD emulation is provided over a network with longer life. 

The service from M2M Connectivity also includes detailed device management using Sierra Wireless AVMS platform – this is used in part to allow customers to update the modems at some stage in the future should they have updated their back-end systems to a full IP system.

For more information on migrating from old circuit switched data (CSD) services to an IP based communications service please contact us.

Update:  New version ALEOS on Sierra Wireless AirLink GX400

Sierra Wireless AirLink GX400Sierra Wireless recently released a firmware upgrade to ALEOS 4.3.6.011.  This firmware upgrade, designed to add new features and functionality to ALEOS, can be applied to the AirLink GX400.

The new ALEOS 4.3.6.011 Functionality:

  • ACEmanager authentication using LDAP, Radius and TACACS+
  • Improved browser compatibility
  • Improved template functionality
  • Bug fixes and small features
  • Modified reverse telnet to automatically close any previous session when a new session is started
  • Added support for Class 0 SMS

For more information on the Sierra Wireless AirLink GX400, please click here.

IoT:   ublox connectBlue Bluetooth Module Series

ublox connectBlue OBS421

The uBlox connectBlue Bluetooth module series includes the OBS418 with support for Bluetooth v2.1, the OBS419 with support for v2.1+EDR, and the class leading  OBS421 supporting v4.0 low energy dual-mode (Bluetooth Smart Ready). 

All these OBS modules use an identical footprint allowing you to develop once but offer many options including Profiles (SPP, DUN, GAP, GATT, connectBlue Low Energy Serial Port Service) and to reach different coverage (from 75m to 300m).  Products are all available along with developer boards.

For more information on the connectBlue OBS modules, please click: OBS418OBS419, or OBS421

LTE Update:  700MHz Networks

Both Telstra and Optus will roll out their 700MHz networks in January 2015. Vodafone was the first telecommunications company to roll out 4G in New Zealand, and the first to successfully trial rural 4G using 700MHz spectrum.

Commercial pilots were recently announced with Telstra’s 700MHz spectrum in Perth, Fremantle and Esperance in WA; Mildura, VIC; Mt Isa, QLD; and Griffith, NSW and Optus 700MHz in Perth and Darwin. Telstra has reached speeds of 235 Mbps in a test of 4G mobile broadband using 700MHz spectrum in Perth.

The low-frequency 700MHz spectrum was previously used by broadcasters and is able to cover longer distances and provide better indoor coverage than higher frequency 1800MHz spectrum used for 4G networks in Australia today. Greater regional coverage and capacity is anticipated using 700MHz.

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 & Plug and Sense! reset

A common reason for a Waspmote or Plug & Sense to reset abnormally is because of flat battery plus turning on a radio module or sensor probe.

Additional current draw can cause significant voltage drop when the battery level is low. Once the voltage reaches low threshold of reset circuit, a reset can happen.
 
It’s a good practice to bear in mind the power usage of the battery when in write code in Waspmote and P&S. Even when the device is on charger.