M2M Connectivity Newsletter

NOVEMBER 2015

 

LTE was once thought of as too complex and viable for M2M applications. However, things have changed with LTE
recognised as offering spectral efficiency, longevity, and scalability. The development of LTE MTC (Machine Type
Communication) modules is seen as a significant step for the cellular M2M market with solutions that meet the key
requirements of low pricing, low power consumption, and network longevity.Many operators anticipate that 4G LTE MTC
will be the smoothest path to adoption as 2G networks shut down. However, cellular specialists face competition from
dedicated M2M/IoT networks such as SigFox and Semtech’s LoRa technologies that offer low power, low cost alternatives.
SigFox’s global expansion includes networks in Australia and while LoRa technologies have yet to be widely deployed here,
LoRaWAN networks are planned and trials are being conducted.
 

Satellite M2M devices delivering connectivity to assets transitioning in and out of cellular range are ideal for emergency
services where constant connectivity and visibility of an asset is essential. A fail over to satellite feature eliminates any
downtime thereby preventing not only loss of connectivity but also endangerment to people’s lives. Attend Daryl Chamber’s
presentation on ‘M2M wireless out-of-band critical communications with satellite’ at Comms Connect in Melbourne next week.
Visit us on stand 138 to view a range satellite products and new cellular routers and gateways. Details and free registration
are in this newsletter.

If you would like further details on any item in this newsletter please click here to request more information.

Darren Moroney – General Manager, M2M Connectivity

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PRODUCT NEWS
 

NEW Raven RV50
Industrial LTE Gateway

 

IsatData Pro IDP-782
Dual-mode Terminal

 

Sierra Wireless Raven RV50 LTE Industrial Gateway
 
SkyWave IDP-782 Dual-mode Terminal
 
Offering Industrial grade, LTE performance, low power – the new Raven RV50 gateway from Sierra Wireless.

The Raven RV50 is a low power consuming LTE gateway which is simple to install and easy to manage. Designed to connect critical assets and infrastructure, the RV50 is Ideal for industrial-grade applications in energy, utilities and smart-city infrastructure. This gateway also provides real-time remote connectivity for SCADA, distribution management systems and metering.

With only 2G power consumption (less than 1W in idle mode), the RV50 LTEcoverage spans 11 LTE frequency bands and offers fully automatic network operator switching by inserting SIM.

The Raven RV50 provides network connectivity via Ethernet, Serial and USB.  Remote configuration, software update, and monitoring is availablewith AirLink Management Service (ALMS).

For more information click here.
 

 

The IDP-782 is SkyWave’s next-generation, fully programmable terminal offering integrated satellite and cellular connectivity.

The IDP-782 is ideal for fleet management offering complete visibility of transport vehicles moving in and out of cellular coverage, vehicle telematics and reports for security, tracking, geofencing, driver identification and accelerometer. The IDP 782 also facilitates driver communications enabling two-way text messaging, e-forms, stop managementand emergency voice, monitoring of driver behaviour, fuel efficiency, safety and vehicle operation/maintenance

Options available for the IDP 782 include:
Backup Battery enables the terminal to continue reporting over satellite or cellular networks when the main power source is interrupted or compromised – from 12 hours to several days depending on conditions.
Emergency Voice: in the IDP-782 supports a two-way voice call (to one of two preprogrammed phone numbers) using an external input such as a panic button.

For more information click here.
 

LTE Update: LTE MTC

Announcements were recently made by M2M component manufacturers regarding the introduction of LTE MTC chipsets and modules.

LTE MTC current, and upcoming, standards –
LTE Cat-1: Provides downlink data rate sufficient for most M2M applications. Enablement of single antenna implementation minimizes changes to current 2G/3G equipment designs.  Most US mobile operators have committed/enabled Cat-1 on networks with a range of Cat-1 modules to be available from late 2015 through 2016 from various device manufacturers.

LTE Cat-0:  Provides same single antenna cost optimisation as Cat-1 but with enhanced power saving mode (PSM) for extended battery life.  Modules for Cat-0 may be available depending on operator support.

LTE Cat-M: Standard to be ratified with 3GPP in March 2016.  Anticipated enhancements to Cat-1 include modem simplification, reduced bandwidth to 1.4MHz, range of power saving options for ultra-long battery life and extended coverage for remote/harsh environments.

In Australia, LTE MTC on networks and device availability is still to be finalized.  With wide availability of LTE MTC on the horizon, LTE is set to play a key connectivity role in the various applications that make up IoT solutions.

 

IoT Update: LoRaWAN

Telstra is to trial a LoRaWAN network for Melbourne CBD to support the IoT Challenge. Telstra is conducting the IoT Challenge with the City of Melbourne where contestants develop and demonstrate IoT applications.

The IoT challenge also includes a “Telstra Application Enablement Platform” requiring contestants to collect data and send it to this platform. The event is scheduled to happen from November 28 to December 3.

LoRaWAN is a new wireless technology designed specifically for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The technology operates in unlicensed spectrum and supports data rates range up to 50Kbps.  LoRaWAN addresses some of the main disadvantages of cellular by offering cost effective devices with long battery life.

National Narrowband Network Communications, is an Australian startup company planning a dedicated low power wide area wireless network based on the LoRaWan standard for connecting IoT devices.  It is anticipated that the Australian LoRaWAN network would be open to any organisation to use for its own IoT applications and devices. 

For more information and FAQs about LoRa and LoRaWAN click here.
 

 

 
 

Tech Tip

 
How to filter map view in Findum (Sendum)

To set up one or more groups:

1.From the Devices > Dashboard view, click “Groups” on the top right.
2.Enter a group name in the “New Group” field, and click “Add”.
3.Click on the newly created group, and add one or more devices.

Using Groups to Filter Views:

1.Go to either the “Devices” View by Cards view or the View by Map view, and in the top left corner, click on “Filter” and a drop down will appear with all the names of your groups.
2.To view all devices again, clear the filter by clicking on the X next to the filter name in the Dashboard bar.

The comprehensive Findum User Guide is available at http://help.sendum.com/findum/

 

 

Comms Connect 2015

 
M2M Connectivity will be exhibiting at Comms Connect in Melbourne on stand 138.

Comms Connect has been the number one meeting place for Australasian critical communications users and industry.

Where:                Melbourne Conference and
                            Exhibition Centre
Exhibition Hours: 
 Wed 2 Dec: 9.00am–6.00pm
   
                             Thu 3 Dec: 9.00am–3.30pm

We will be showcasing a range of products for critical communications. Satellite products will feature in our display as well as products from Sierra Wireless and Cradlepoint.

Daryl Chambers will be a speaker at Comms Connect.
Presenting:     M2M wireless out-of-band critical
                        communications with satellite
When:             Wed, 2 Dec 11.45am-12.15pm

For more information and to register for free entry click here.