M2M Connectivity

M2M Connectivity

OCTOBER EDITION OF CONNECTED

October 2014

Analyst firm Berg Insight resports that the global cellular M2M market has entered a period of transition from 2G to 3G/4G LTE technologies and predicts 3G/4G LTE technologies will dominate cellular M2M communications by 2018.

The first phase in the adoption of 3G for M2M applications has been mainly driven by the phase out of 2G services in some countries. In Australia, where 3G is a standard technology platform, Telstra will shut down its 2G network by the end of 2016. The primary catalyst for the expected acceleration of 3G/4G LTE adoption over the next years will be the growing data requirements of many M2M applications.

Now is a good time to be planning a 2G to 3G/4G LTE migration strategy for your wireless design.  A link to download the Sierra Wireless white paper: Planning a Scalable Long-Term Wireless Strategy is featured 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 SkyWave SG-7100 Cellular Gateway

SkyWave SG-7100The The SG-7100 cellular gateway expands M2M data management and communication possiblilities. The cellular gateway platform takes the next step in M2M communications for fleet management, in-cab messaging, workflow automation, and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) applications.

Whether driving better data for fleet management operations or moving beyond redundant SCADA status checking and alerts, the SG-7100 enables intelligent M2M data distribution between remote workers and assets with enterprise applications in a way never before possible. The SG-7100 features:

  – Modular Hardware Architecture,
  – Multiple configuration options for cellular, Wi-Fi, satellite, and ethernet networking,
  – One-wire, serial, USB, Ethernet, digital and analog peripheral port options,
  – Fully Programmable and Configurable Integrated SkyWave Lua Services,
  – Framework and open Linux environment,
  – Integrated HTML 5 Compatible Web Server.

For more information on the SkyWave SG-7100, please click here.

Sierra Wireless AirLink GX400 with Iridium SBD Satellite

M2M Connectivity offers an application to add Iridium SBD satellite connectivity to the Sierra Wireless AirLink GX400 gateway, effectively extending the terrestrial connectivity offered by the GX400 with global Iridium satellite communications.

Sierra Wireless AirLink GX400The GX400 is used in conjunction with a Quake Q-Puck (ITAS) Iridium SBD modem providing 2-way text and data satellite communications with your assets when out of 3G coverage.
Providing high performance connectivity over 3G/NextG networks, the GX400 rugged 3G Ethernet Gateway offers multiple interfaces and integrated GPS, with options such as Wi-Fi or additional IOs.

Quake Q-PuckThe Iridium satellite network offers an ability to send small amounts of data (SBD packets) with low latency for M2M applications. M2M Connectivity’s application enables fail-over to the Iridium satellite network in situations where the GX400 leaves terrestrial 3G coverage. Using the Q-Puck modem we can provide bi-directional messaging services between the terminal and the GX400 Gateway over satellite. This allows critical information to continue to be sent, including GPS locations, alerts and alarms, and simple messaging such as job despatch and report services.

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

Plan a 2G to 3G/4G LTE Migration Strategy

SW White PaperAs an OEM or an enterprise developing M2M applications, when does it make sense to shift to newer 3G and 4G LTE services?

The white paper: Planning a Scalable Long-Term Wireless Strategy by Sierra Wireless looks at migrating from 2G to 3G or 4G LTE for companies developing IoT and M2M applications. This white paper:

– Explores the current cellular services landscape and where it is headed;
– Discusses where 2G, 3G, and 4G may fit into your long-term roadmap, and;
– Offers design considerations for scalable solutions.

For more details and to download the white paper,  please click here.

LTE Update: Standard Redefining LTE for M2M

As LTE comes to dominate connections, it will become cheaper, eroding the price barrier that prevents LTE being deployed in lower-value M2M applications.

Recent M2M related developments in cellular technology include the Cat.0 evolving standard.  The Cat 0 is aimed at supporting even cheaper LTE modules specifically designed for M2M, as it is designated within 3GPP. The specification, which is defined within 3GPP’s Release 12, achieves cost savings in part by capping data rates, by reducing on-board memory and processing, and allowing for more latency than general LTE.

IoT Update: New Specifications for IoT & M2M

ETSI’s standardisation group has just released the first three specifications of an Internet of Things (IoT) network dedicated to low throughput communications. The key features of the first low throughput network (LTN) specifications are low power, very low throughput, long battery life, and simple, effective and robust radio communication principles.

LTN technology is well suited to M2M communications where there is limited data volume and low latency is not required.  This technology enables long-range transmission of data, communication with equipment buried underground and consumes low power allowing several years of operation using standard batteries.

Used in conjunction with cellular networks, LTN technology provides complementary connectivity. Many of the devices forming the projected M2M and IoT landscape that need only low throughput connectivity but with an efficient, cost effective, low energy connection can benefit by using LTN. Applications include remote measurement, smart metering for water, gas or electricity distribution or smart cities applications such as air pollution monitoring or public lighting.

M2M One

James MackWe announce the appointment of James Mack as General Manager of M2M One. James has  extensive experience in the M2M industry. His appointment ushers in
a period of innovation and growth for
M2M One.

M2M One’s support channels remain as follows:

    – M2M One’s help desk is available Mon-Fri 9am-5pm on +61 3 9696 3011
    – Email your support request to support@m2mone.com.au

Tech Tip

Tech Tip: HL6528 and HL8548 sleep mode management.

Three modes are supported
               AT+KSLEEP=
=0  DTR triggered – DTR controls unit state.
=1  internal timing – Activity on UART wakes unit up.
=2  no sleep