M2M Connectivity

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October 2013

The utilities industry faces new pressures from increasing global energy demand (set to double by 2050), concern about climate change, carbon emissions, security of supply, and including alternate source of energy within the system.

Improving operational efficiency and meeting increasing customer expectations also drive utilities to improve business processes. Smart metering and energy analytics, key areas of M2M, are helping to address these pressures and challenges and are fast becoming a must adopt strategy to resolve the energy challenge for a better future.  According to analyst firm, Analysys Mason, the utilities sector represents the fastest-growing M2M market and is set to account for 67% of overall M2M device connections worldwide by 2023.

M2M Connectivity will be exhibiting at Smart Utlities 2013 in November, showcasing Inmarsat satellite M2M products from 2 way messaging through to full Ethernet connectivity.  These products help utilities manage their business at the very edge, in locations where cellular and other communications are simply not available. More information and free entry to Smart Utilities 2013 is in this newsletter.

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 Application – Sierra Wireless AirLink GX400 with Satellite Connectivity using Inmarsat IDP680

Sierra Wireless AirLink GX400The AirLink GX400 from Sierra Wireless is a compact, rugged 3G Ethernet Gateway offering multiple interfaces and integrated GPS.  The GX400 offers high performance connectivity over 3G/NextG networks and is ideal for use use in mobile environments (AVL/tracking, field service, public safety) or fixed/portable settings (industrial, utilities, security, enterprise, point-of-sale). For more information on the GX400, click here.

The connectivity offered by the GX400 can now be extended to include satellite communications on Inmarsat’s global satellite constellation.  M2M Connectivity offers an application using the GX400 in conjunction with the IsatData Pro IDP680 providing 2-way text and data satellite communications with your assets.

IsatData Pro IDP680The Inmarsat IsatData Pro network offers higher data capacity and reduced latency in M2M solutions. The IDP680 is designed for mission-critical applications and is ideal for sending information to people operating in high-risk areas, reporting alarm conditions and retrieving logs from remote equipment during an emergency. For more information on the IDP680 click here.

For more information on the GX400 satellite application, please contact M2M Connectivity.

Inmarsat 9502 BGAN M2M Terminal

Inmarsat 9502 BGAN M2M TerminalThe Inmarsat 9502 BGAN M2M Terminal from Hughes is a cost-effective, all-IP BGAN M2M satellite terminal with low power consumption.

The 9502 satellite terminal provides reliable connectivity over the Inmarsat BGAN for IP SCADA and M2M applications. The low power consumption (<1 W idle) of this modem makes it possible to provide end-to-end IP connectivity to sites off the grid and is ideal for power-challenged locations relying on solar battery arrays involving sensitive power use.

Delivering affordable, global, end-to-end IP data connectivity, the BGAN M2M 9502 terminal enables applications in industry sectors such as SmartGrid, environmental, pipeline or compressor monitoring, well site automation and out-of-band management to primary site communications.

For more information on the Inmarsat 9502 BGAN M2M terminal from Hughes, please click here.

Inmarsat IDP 800 IsatData Pro Tracker

IsatData Pro IDP800The IDP 800 is the first low-profile IsatData Pro terminal with integrated battery compartment and line power option. The IDP 800 works over the Inmarsat satellite network giving near global coverage.

The IDP 800 offers two-way communication so you can change reporting frequency depending on circumstances. It can use either rechargeable batteries with an external power source or single use batteries. Features include an accelerometer to detect motion, geofencing, and peripheral ports for added functionality (e.g panic button, temp sensor, text messaging terminal, power cut detection etc.).  Battery life with 1 message per day is up to 3 year.

For more information on the IsatData Pro IDP800, click here.

connectBlue OWS451 WLAN Module Now With EAP-TLS Security Support Added

connectBlue’s OWS451 Wireless LAN Serial Port Adapter now offers EAP-TLS Security Support.  Extensible Authentication Protocol-Transport Layer Security (EAP-TLS) is considered one of the most secure standards and is often required by central IT management and is particularly beneficial in mission-critical factory automation and medical installations.

Usually, WLAN security features applied in small embedded systems are various forms of encryption such as WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK, where the assigned authentication key is the same for all distributed wireless units. With EAP-TLS, each wireless client is assigned a unique authentication certificate to offer mobile or portable WLAN applications real-time handover as well as disturbance-free roaming.
EAP-TLS Security on cB OWS451 WLAN Module

For further information on the connectBlue OWS451 WLAN module with EAP-TLS security support, please click here.

Smart Utilities 2013

Smart Utlitiles 2013M2M Connectivity will be exhibiting at Smart Utilities Australia and New Zealand 2013 on stand A2.

Date:    25-27 November, 2013
Venue: Pullman Melbourne, Albert Park, VICInmarsat 9502 ntegrated BGAN modem

M2M Connectivity will be showcasing a wide range of Inmarsat products including:
–  Inmarsat BGAN and BGAN M2M
terminals
–  Inmarsat IsatData Pro modems
–  Use of the Sierra Wireless AirLink
GX400 with the Inmarsat IDP680

The 11th Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand 2013 is the region’s largest conference and exhibition for electricity retailers, distributors and water utilities focusing on the latest approaches, technologies and solutions to improve electricity and water networks’ efficiency. The combined conference and exhibition will provide an effective platform for the electricity and water utility industry to meet and exchange ideas.

More details and free entry register here.

Tech Tip

Tech Tip: Router BOARD 912G-2HPnD USB power reset

A USB 3G modem installed on 912G-2HPnD Router Board can be power cycled/reset based on different condition such as:

• Periodically
• When there is no 3G connection and a reboot of the module is required for establishment of PPP connection.

The following command issued on the terminal of router:
“/system routerboard usb power-reset duration=10s”
will turn off USB port power for 10 seconds.