M2M Eases Development


Creating a new connected device comes with its set of challenges—one of which is the amount of time it takes to integrate the wireless communications. Not to worry, M2M providers continue to come to market with new embedded technology to help make this process a little bit easier.

Let’s look at an example. Water and gas meters need to be monitored remotely. With no electric power source, wireless communication needs to operate on battery. This requires low power consumption and the ability to remotely manage devices over-the-air throughout a 10-year span. Embedded modules that reduce the complexity of M2M deployments while extending battery life can help in the case of water and gas meters.

One new offering comes out of this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Sierra Wireless, www.sierrawireless.com, unveiled today its AirPrime embedded wireless modules, which are offered on an open application framework and will be available beginning in the second quarter of this year. The 2G versions are built in collaboration with ARM, www.arm.com, and the 3G and 4G LTE versions are built on Qualcomm Technologies’, www.qualcomm.com, Gobi chipset.

The module integrates with AirVantage M2M Cloud to collect, transmit, and store data, or developers can use the AirVantage Enterprise Platform APIs to integrate data with third-party enterprise systems. AirVantage Management Service can also be used to monitor AirPrime embedded modules.

The modules can be used on any industrial-grade device for a wide variety of applications, including smart metering, remote monitoring, transportation, security systems, networking, and healthcare. As an extension to the AirPrime AR Series, the automotive-grade offering will enable in-vehicle connectivity and is designed to meet automotive standards, while reducing integration complexities.

Representatives at the company point to eCall, which requires a telematics box in every car sold in the European market, as an example. In this case, embedded modules that are scalable and maintained over-the-air once deployed in the field can help adhere to requirements.

As a whole, the company says the new module will allow developers to spend more time developing and less time integrating wireless communications.

This falls in line with a big trend in M2M—solutions that reduce complexities of deployment and enable developers to come to market faster. As the number of M2M connections continues to grow, M2M providers will likely continue to offer options that remove some of the challenges for developers, such as the time it takes to integrate the wireless communications.

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