M2M Connectivity

NOVEMBER EDITION OF CONNECTED

November 2013

A future without circuit-switched networks and transition to all-IP communication networks is foreseeable. The U.S. FCC is looking to move the nation’s telephone system from its century-old network of circuits and switches to all-IP communications by 2018. In Australia, the winding down of Circuit Switch Data (CSD) services is evident in the lack of availability of Sim cards for CSD. Viewed as relatively inefficient, unused capacity guaranteed to a CSD connection cannot be used by other connections on the same network. Packet switching in all–IP communications is considered a much better use of limited channel resources and more profitable by carriers.

A solution is offered for the many legacy M2M devices using CSD. M2M Connectivity is able to set up an IP call that 100% emulates CSD. The customer using CSD does not have to change their back end systems and benefits from cost savings by moving from a CSD Sim to a M2M Sim with 1-2MB per month with service costs. By not depending on 2G or 3G, CSD M2M communications are future proof.

This month we introduce new staff members. Peter Austin joins M2M Connectivity as Sales Manager for NSW and Austin Wang is a welcome addition to our engineering 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 Connectivity

Product News

New Sierra Wireless AirPrime® HL Series

Sierra Wireless AirPrime HL6528The new AirPrime® HL Series modules from Sierra Wireless are the smallest embedded wireless modules with complete interchangeability across 2G, 3G, and 4G technologies.  Offering a choice of snap-in connectivity or solder-down for scalable production, the AirPrime HL Series modules are future-proof due to the over-the-air upgradability.

The HL6528 supports quad-band GSM/GPRS and enhanced GNSS (GPS and GLONASS). The HL6528 also provides enhanced multi-network coverage due to the Dual SIM Dual Standby technology which allows continuous operations.

The HL8548 additionally supports pentaband HSDPA/HSUPA and quad-band EDGE for global coverage. Both the HL6528 and the HL8548 offer extremely low power consumption and an extended power supply range, significantly improving battery-powered applications.

The HL Series modules offer ready-to-use firmware upgrades using AirVantage Management Service.

For more information on the Sierra Wireless AirPrime HL Series modules, please click here.

Quake Q4000 Iridium modem with 3G & GPS

Quake Q4000 Iridium modemThe Q4000 Satellite series modems for Iridium from Quake Global provide dual-mode Iridium Satellite SBD connectivity with cellular connectivity and GPS.  There are GSM and quad-band 3G/HSPA+ versions of the Q4000 available.

The Q4000 is fully user programmable and can be used for stand-alone applications using its high performance processor and a flexible Application Programmer’s Interface.  There is also an optional configuration software that lets you configure the modem without the need for more complex programming.  This configuration software allows the user to input settings for almost all features on the Q4000 platform.

For monitoring applications the Q4000 provides 2 external analog inputs and 8 digital GPIO’s, 3 external RS-232 serial ports and includes built-in software support for messaging using the J1939 protocol. A variant of the Q4000 with an on-board GPS chipset that provides the location of your mobile asset is ideal for tracking applications.

For more information on the Quake Q4000 Iridium modem with 3G & GPS, please click here.

Quake Q-Pro Inmarsat IDP with Turnkey app

Quake Q-Pro IDP modemThe Quake Q-Pro Satellite Data Modem with Inmarsat/GPS/GSM is a portable, self-contained global communication, and navigation system. This rugged, environmentally sealed modem offers the latest in advanced programmable features for tailored communications.

The Q-Pro delivers reliable two-way through the Inmarsat Isat Data Pro network and terrestrial GSM networks and is equipped with an advanced 50-channel GPS system.

Developers and integrators can select a variety of power options including Inputs/Outputs, antenna detection, Can Bus, serial Comms and others.  The Q-Pro modem with the serial app loaded, can pass a stream of bytes over the first available network with priority to terrestrial network. Loaded with the Turnkey app, the Q-Pro can have tracking capabilities as well as control over the air. The turnkey application allows the user to configure the modem using a series of interactive menus.

The QPro also uses an API (Application Programming Interface) that empowers developpers to integrate its functions and build customized onboard applications.

Engineering samples of the Q-Pro IDP will be available Jan 2014.
For more information on the Quake Q-Pro modem, please click here.

connectBlue OWL355 Multi-radio IoT module

cB OWL355 Multi-radio moduleThe new multiradio Module OWL355 from connectBlue is ready-to-embed in Internet-of-Things (IoT), industrial, medical and other demanding applications.

The OWL355 module offers multiradio capability across Classic Bluetooth, Bluetooth low energy and WLAN with support for 2.4GHz and all 5GHz channels. The module has a small form factor and meets high production quality requirements according to IPC class standard. Together with the open source Linux host driver the module minimizes the work needed to implement wireless technology in a device as it provides hardware, modular radio type approval, EMC certification, Bluetooth qualification, a wide range of certified antennas and offers an extremely long life cycle.

For more information on the cB OWL355 multi-radio module, please click here.

Tech Tip

Tech Tip: File System

File System is available on Open AT supported modules running Firmware version 7.50 or greater, with at least an 8MB flash.

The File System can be accessed by Developer Studio Memory Mapping view, for formatting, browsing, directories and files moving, creating, deleting, copying, uploading and downloading.File system

The File System also supports directory writing, reading and listing controls via password Locking/Unlocking.

The File System functions can also be used through ADL APIs from embedded Open AT application.