M2M Connectivity

JUNE EDITION OF CONNECTED

June 2012

According to the latest ABI research, the cumulative global connections in the cellular M2M market will rise greatly from 2011 to 2017.  This research identifies challenges for mobile carriers and M2M application providers. Challenges include the complexity of developing, deploying and managing M2M applications over the cellular network in their aims to offer profitable services, reduce costs, speed time to market and simplify robust application deployments.

Other M2M news identifies a trend in companies increasingly deploying satellite technology with SCADA and M2M services with satellite technology becoming more cost effective. In the last 20 years, satellite has progressed from being a very expensive and unpredictable choice to an available, dependable and cheaper solution. Examples of satellite applications with SCADA and M2M services include substation automation, distribution automation, automated metering and mobile workforce.

More  interesting news this month,the IPv6 was officially launched on the 6th June, 2012.  We will continue to watch with interest the support of IPv6 by carriers, M2M devices and cellular routers as it redefines the global internet providing a dedicated internet address for all devices.

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 Quake Q9603 Iridium Modem

Q9603The very compact Iridium 9603 is a single board transceiver that offers low latency and duplex data connectivity, permitting reliable two-way communications to and from remote devices.

The small size enables Iridium developers to embed global connectivity in hand-held personal tracking devices and even smaller vehicles, containers, devices for field monitoring, command and control applications,and unattended sensors.

The Q9603 is designed for embedding into M2M solutions for remote asset tracking, monitoring and alarming in defense, government, enterprise and consumer markets.  It is ideal for customer segments such as personnel tracking, as well as fleet, vehicle and heavy equipment tracking and monitoring where 2-way reliable connections are required in a small size unit in near real-time.

For more information on  Quake Q9603 please click here.

NetComm NTC-40WV

NTC-40WVThe robust and intelligent NTC-40WV HSPA+ M2M WiFi Router + Voice Gateway provides real-time data connectivity and voice in a single device designed for use in harsh environments.

This router + voice gateway allows customers to significantly improve speed of deployment while reducing the costs to roll out operations in remote locations.

The NTC-40WV creates reliable point-to-point or point-to-multi-point wide area network (WAN) connections for a variety of mission critical applications such as primary broadband, video surveillance, retail, payments, in-vehicle wireless hotspot and business continuity, plus the addition of full voice capabilities.

For more information on the NTC-40WV please click here.

NetComm NTC 3G10-WVT

NTC 3G-WVTBoost the productivity of your mobile workforce with a Netcomm 3G10-WVT Gateway that combines connectivity to Telstra Next G™ service with fast and secure WiFi and Ethernet connectivity. Deliver the speed and coverage benefits of Telstra’s Next G™ network to multiple wireless and wired devices without fixed line restrictions, and make cost-effective voice calls over the Next G™ network. 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.

Ideal for mobile workers and temporary office setups, the Netcomm 3G10-WVT Gateway lets you make regular phone calls over the Next G™ network by simply connecting a standard PSTN telephone to the RJ-11 voice port.

For more information on the NTC 3G10-WVT gateway please click here.

New Antennas for 3G, GPS, GPS/WLAN,
Dual Band WLAN and LTE

The following antennas are now available from M2M Connectivity.

Hirschmann GPS 2400 Tri-mode AntennaDesigned for use in telematic applications, the Hirschman GPS 2400 GPS/WLAN Antenna supports GPS and WiFi and theHirschmann GPS 2400 Tri-mode Antenna supports 3G, GPS & WiFi. Both antennas are low profile and screw-mount in IP Rated rugged housing.  The 2400 tri-mode is a Penta-band 3G/GPRS antenna.

New WLAN antennas include the dual-band stub antenna WS-GB2458 dual-band WLAN antenna (2.4/5.8 Ghz), an Omni Dipole right angle antenna with SMA or SMA-RP connector.   It is a 1/2 wave length antenna (11 cm) with SMA or RPSMA connector and is 90 degree tiltable. A dual-band WLAN 2.4Ghz/5.8Ghz stub antenna is also available with SMA Plug connector or reverse polarity SMA connector.

LTE MiMo AntennaThe LTE MiMo Low Profile Antenna provides an innovative and future proof solution for 2G / 3G and 4G networks. Incorporating two separately fed ultra wideband elements in a single housing the WMM is equipped to provide client side MiMo and diversity support for the networks of today and tomorrow. A highly portable version – LTE Portable MiMo Antenna is also available.

Please contact M2M Connectivity to discuss your antenna needs.

 

Tech Tip

Sierra Wireless SL Series Modules

Sierra SL modules are soldered down modules which are different from Q and MC series with PCB connectors. The proper design of GND is one of the key parts.

Here are the caveats:

– Have a GND plane fully filled by copper under the module.

– Recommend common GND plane is used for the module and the system   (especially with battery connection).

– GND planes should be connected by a via hole every 3mm in all directions. 2mm of ground all around the PCB with through via is recommended.

– 2mm ESD protection line (GND Open-solder mask) is recommended being added around the PCB to provide a discharge path.

– Make sure GND cut out underneath the RF pad area (e.g. under module’s RF pad and RF line) is needed in order to minimize the parasitic effect.

– All the unused areas on all layers including MidLayer1 and MidLayer2 are filled by GND.