Great overview of Telit cellular, bluetooth, wifi, sims, cloud and other IoT products
Connect EXPO is Australia’s leading business, tech and innovation tradeshow. If you want to find out about the latest developments in the Internet of Things technology trends, come and see us at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on 19-20th April at Stand #40.
IoTzone – powered by GLYN provides Internet of Things connectivity and cloud platform solutions to a wide range of Australian and New Zealand industries such as smart cities, smart agriculture, smart energy/utilities, smart transportation, smart manufacturing and many more.
Talk to us about your business challenges and upcoming projects so we can provide you with invaluable insights on how we can help improve your company’s profitability, reduce costs and stay compliant with the adoption of IoT technology in your business.
Our key partners Telit and Robustel will also join us in our stand. Telit offers the industry’s broadest portfolio of integrated products and services for end-to-end IoT deployments – including cellular communication modules in all technologies, GNSS, short range wireless modules, IoT connectivity plans and IoT platform services. Robustel is a leading industrial-grade cellular router and modem manufacturer and IoT solutions provider.
As a special offer, IoTzone will provide a hardbound copy of the newly published Telit’s IoT Executive Handbook 2016 to our stand visitors. Only limited copies are available so it will be given out on first come first serve basis.
The Handbook brings together articles by about 30 authors, including acknowledged industry leaders, founders of innovative start-ups as well as internationally renowned scientists, analysts, journalists and writers from USA, UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Korea and Switzerland where they all talk about IoT and its technological, economical and social impact.
Don’t miss out on this must-have handbook and the opportunity to discuss with us your business IoT use case if you are serious about taking advantage of the many opportunities and benefits that IoT will bring to your business.
Learn about the latest IoT connectivity and cloud platform developments including hands-on workshop, to be conducted by Telit USA experts in cooperation with IoTzone/Glyn
Simply put the Internet of Things is the concept of basically connecting any device to the Internet. The new rule for the future is going to be, “anything that can be connected, will be connected.” Ubiquitous connectivity coupled with low power embedded computing devices and smart sensors can enable the generation of massive amount of data which can then be analysed either on the cloud or on the edge to provide timely actionable insights that has never been possible before.
For embedded design engineers, designing their first Internet of Things product, knowing where to start, and hoping not to reinvent the wheel can be a challenge. For senior management and business owners, gaining competitive advantage with the adoption of IoT in their businesses is now becoming a priority but navigating the complexities of IoT is not an easy task.
This workshop will provide a good coverage and hands-on experience on how to IoT-enable your embedded products and existing equipment without having to build everything from scratch. For senior management and entrepreneurs, this workshop will also provide a top level commercial overview of how IoT can be used to improve your current business processes and help identify new and untapped opportunities for IoT in various vertical markets.
No required prior knowledge is necessary for this workshop.
Dates & Locations
- Sydney: Thu 5th May 2016 (MGSM Macquarie Park Executive Conference Centre)
- Melbourne: Tue 10th May 2016 (ACMI Federation Square, The Cube)
- Auckland: Thu 12th May 2016 (Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre)
- Christchurch: Fri 13th May 2016 (The Chateau on the Park)
Registration fee is only US$30 which is a bargain! This fee includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea as well as a demo kit which has a Mini PCIe 3G Module plugged into a USB powered base board (valued at AU$149, see related article) that allows you to develop your own IoT solution.
Ideal for IoT evaluation and general embedded cellular development
The Altocumulus IoT Kit from IoTzone is a new low cost IoT evaluation unit that enables users to evaluate and quickly develop industrial IoT and embedded cellular applications. The PCB can operate standalone or with an external USB host.
The Altocumulus kit comprises of a Telit HE901-G mPCIe card that plugs into a baseboard. Out of the box the Altocumulus kit will interact with the Telit IoT Cloud Platform (deviceWISE) by simply connecting the USB cable and antenna (both included in kit). The modem ships with a pre-installed Python script which demonstrates deviceWISE I/O functionality with the use of a GPIO push button as input and LED as output. The kit also includes a GPS antenna socket for developing location-aware IoT and cellular applications.
Full design sources including Eagle EDA files are available to create your own baseboards and to take your idea to market fast.
Further development of the on-board script can be done from the Python source framework with code supplied. Code examples and libraries for several programming languages are also available for developing external host processor applications that connect via the terminal serial ports. A large selection of development tools is available free of charge from the internet.
The Altocumulus Kit is also ideal for non-cloud application development and the PCB supports all popular technologies such as SMS, GPRS, PDP sessions, dial up etc.
IoT made easy with comprehensive IoT solutions from Telit
Of all the technology trends that are taking place right now, perhaps the biggest one is the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is going to give us the most disruption as well as the most opportunities now and in the near future. However IoT implementation is quite complex and for most cases, it does not make commercial sense for companies to build everything in-house from scratch.
The Telit IoT Portal, available through IoTzone – powered by Glyn, is a unified platform of services that makes it easy to connect your “things” to your “apps”. Seamlessly integrate any edge-device, production asset or remote sensor with any app or back-office system. Whether you’re managing thousands of global IoT devices or just starting out, the Telit IoT Portal provides you complete access to a range of enterprise-grade features, tools and resources. In addition, enjoy full access to high quality maintenance, professional 24/7 support and ongoing upgrades. You can focus on building apps, not infrastructure.
The Telit IoT Portal is designed for you and around your needs. Reduce risk, time-to-revenue, complexity and the cost of deploying complex multi-point IoT solutions for any industry or market segment.
Powered by the acclaimed deviceWISE IoT platform, the IoT Portal allows you to connect, integrate and manage with visibility, control, inter-operability and intelligent insight across your global IoT value-chain. Unlike comparable services, the IoT Portal is a single-vendor, single-portal management solution. Advanced services, resources and tools enable the application, administration & security, data management, device management, connectivity management and connectivity data plans.
We offer many ways to ‘on-ramp’ your “things” to the Cloud:
- Our industry-standard TR50 MQTT APIs provide unrestricted data streaming, collection and integration. Or create your own APIs using our pre-packaged C and Java client library.
- All our Cloud-Ready modules have AT commands built-in enabling you with the easiest way to connect your remote devices to the Cloud.
- The Asset Gateway Agent is installed on all partner gateway devices offering connectivity and edge-intelligence to things that aren’t yet IoT ready or need an industrial-grade solution
- The Proxy Gateway is the final integration technology that allows you to easily on-ramp your legacy devices that do not support the deviceWISE Agent
The Telit IoT Portal offers petabytes of scalable storage with built-in redundancy and data back-up. The multi-tenant structure also provides full separation between Cloud organizations to ensure complete privacy and security.
Telit IoT Portal lets you to quickly and easily integrate data from any number of devices with your Cloud applications. Combining multiple streams of IoT data enables you to populate your dashboards with real-time information and transfer actionable-intelligence to your web-based and mobile apps.
IoT Portal also allows you to send device data to your back-office databases and analytic systems so that you can gain insights and discover new knowledge about your operations.
- Dashboarding: Customizable dashboards enabled by a built-in graphical and visualization tool set that can be used to provide valuable insights of important device information from the platform.
- Application Integration: Stream your cloud data to your custom dashboards, web-based or mobile apps, quickly and easily using our TR50 MQTT or HTTP APIs
- Cloud-to-Cloud Integration: Integrate your data between Clouds, including Google Cloud Platform, SAP HANA, or any other private Cloud
- Enterprise IT Integration: Seamlessly channel your device data to an existing manufacturing, resource planning or database systems using our Enterprise Gateway technology
Talk to us today at IoTzone – powered by Glyn if you would like to bring your products and services into the IoT age. Send us an email to email@example.com for Australia and firstname.lastname@example.org for New Zealand.
Concurrent mode, allowing your GS2000 to act as both Wi-Fi station and Limited AP.
Most IoT devices in the market operate primarily in Wi-Fi station mode wherein they are associated to an Access Point (AP) and communicate to some kind of cloud. These devices sometimes also operate in Limited AP mode in certain cases such as during provisioning so that the smartphones/tablets can provide them with network credentials for the user’s AP.
GainSpan’s latest firmware release (ver. 5.2.1 GA and higher) enables our modules to operate both as a Wi-Fi station and a Limited AP in a time-multiplexed manner giving the user the perception of concurrent Wi-Fi station and Limited AP mode operation. This patented networking mode is made possible by the dual core architecture of the GS2000 SoC along with the larger memory resources.
Applications for Concurrent Mode include concurrent mode provisioning, uninterrupted field diagnostics and creating Personal Area Networks (PAN). Let’s examine these in detail below.
Verified Concurrent Mode Provisioning:
The most common provisioning technique used by IoT devices today is to come up in Limited AP mode and have the user enter their network credentials via a mobile App on a smartphone / tablet. Upon receiving the network credentials, the Wi-Fi radio in these IoT devices changes network modes from Limited AP to Wi-Fi station for the intended AP. This provides an easy Graphical User interface (GUI) for users to input their network credentials using their smartphone.
However, one major limitation of this method is that it does not confirm success. Provisioning could have failed for a number of reasons such as the user inputting incorrect network credentials, typos while entering credentials on a smartphone/tablet (thanks, Autocorrect!), or the home AP being switched off.
GainSpan’s patented concurrent mode provisioning solves this problem. Here is how it works:
• When invoked (typically by a push button), the GS2000 module starts the first networking interface in Limited AP mode. This could come up with WPA2-PSK security with a default per-device passphrase printed on the IoT device’s sticker (GainSpan recommends using WPA2-PSK security to avoid security holes in the provisioning process) or it could come up with Open security mode (i.e., no security)
• The smartphone/tablet associates to this Limited AP mode network. Using an App on the smartphone/tablet, the user enters their home network’s credentials
• Upon submitting these credentials, the GS2000 module launches the second networking interface and tries to associate to the home AP using the credentials just provided, while still maintaining the link to the smartphone / tablet
• Once associated to the home AP, the GS2000 module does a ping verification test to the home AP to verify the association
• This success (or failure) feedback is provided to users over the Limited AP interface from the GS2000 module to their smartphone/tablet
Typically, OEMs incorporate a BLE module in their design to provide this Limited AP-like link to the smartphone/tablet so that they can provide feedback to the user over BLE. This adds cost to the BOM and is an expensive solution given that the device will typically be provisioned only once during its life cycle. GainSpan’s concurrent mode provisioning eliminates the need for a BLE chip and provides an easy, secure provisioning experience to the user.
Uninterrupted Field Diagnostics:
To understand this use case, let’s consider a cloud-connected vending machine. This machine sends a lot of information to the cloud in terms of usage, stock levels, performance, logs, etc. This data is used by various parties such as store owner, maintenance technicians, stocking analysts and manufacturer to track its progress and help them take necessary actions as needed.
Consider a scenario where the vending machine sends an error code that prompts the owner to dispatch a service technician to the site for further diagnostics. The technician arrives and initiates the concurrent mode to establish a local Limited AP link between the vending machine and the tablet running the diagnostic software, while the vending machine still maintains cloud connectivity.
Diagnosing the product in the field without having to take it offline could be of profound importance to all parties involved in this use case. GainSpan’s concurrent mode makes this possible by providing two concurrent networking interfaces – namely a station interface for cloud connectivity and a Limited AP interface for a technician’s smartphone / tablet.
Creating a Personal Area Network (PAN):
Let’s consider a smart thermostat with a couple of battery- operated temperature sensors that can be placed in different rooms to better control the heating and cooling.
The thermostat unit being line powered operates in GainSpan’s concurrent mode and sets up two networking interfaces – the station interface to connect to the home AP for cloud connectivity and the Limited AP interface where the temperature sensors report the readings from different rooms.
• Reduced BOM cost by eliminating the need for multiple radios to create a gateway in the thermostat unit
• Eliminates the need for regulatory approvals on account of multiple radios in the system. Customers can leverage GainSpan’s modular approval certifications
• Faster time to market as it is much easier to integrate one radio versus multiple radios into the system
GainSpan’s patented concurrent mode creates a new networking mode for IoT devices where they can act as a station and as Limited AP on two separate networking interfaces concurrently. When using GainSpan modules at both ends, concurrent mode enables battery-powered devices such as sensors to sleep longer and to maintain network connectivity without having to wake up periodically unless there is meaningful data to transmit. The Limited AP mode interface in concurrent mode supports up to 16 client devices with WPA2-PSK encryption. This unparalleled number of client device support gives OEM designers and embedded engineers the flexibility to architect their IoT device to meet all their technical needs while providing an easy development experience and designing a solution that is most cost effective.
How will you use GainSpan’s patented concurrent mode for your next IoT product? We’d love to hear from you. Send email to email@example.com if you would like to know more about GainSpan low power Wi-Fi modules. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to know more about GainSpan low power Wi-Fi modules.
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OG2, ORBCOMM’s Next Generation of Satellites
ORBCOMM is the world’s first and only commercial satellite network 100% dedicated to M2M. ORBCOMM is taking their network to an even higher level of functionality, performance and service with OG2, their next generation of satellites. As part of its $230 million satellite network expansion program, ORBCOMM launched its first six next generation OG2 satellites on 14 July 2014. ORBCOMM anticipates launching the remaining 11 OG2 satellites in the Q1 or Q2 timeframe of 2015 to complete their next generation constellation.
OG2 will have a direct and immediate impact on enhancing their network’s performance and service for customers across a wide range of industries and assets, which translates to:
- Faster message delivery
- Increased data rates
- Larger message capacity
- Broader global coverage
- Smaller antennas
- Lower power consumption
OG2 offers increased throughput, faster data transmission speed and advanced technology, ensuring our customers’ mission-critical communications are more efficient, reliable and globally available than ever before.
Satellite Modems Tailored for OEM Solutions
ORBCOMM has released a comprehensive suite of world-class OEM satellite modem solutions. This suite of satellite modems, available from M2Mzone, includes the OG2 modems (OG2-M and OG2-GPS) and an Isat Data Pro (IDP) L-Band modem (OG-ISAT), which provides global coverage over Inmarsat’s satellite constellation. ORBCOMM’s turn-key OEM solutions are intended for early integration into M2M applications targeted for the transportation & distribution, heavy equipment, oil & gas, maritime and government markets. Combined with ORBCOMM’s Multi-Access Point PlatformTM (MAPPTM), satellite and cellular services and robust web applications,OEM can utilize ORBCOMM’s components to create complete M2M solutions operating on a truly global platform. In addition, ORBCOMM’s comprehensive service offering translates into cost savings in development time, decreased risk and faster time to market for our OEM customers deploying solutions in the field.
Powerful Suite of Satellite Modems
ORBCOMM’s robust, cost-effective OG2 and ISAT modems can be easily integrated into a wide variety of wireless M2M applications. The OG2-GPS modem features an on-board three-axis accelerometer and built-in GPS. The OG-ISAT modem contains built-in GPS. With a footprint smaller than a credit card, ORBCOMM’s entire suite of modems is interchangeable, offering OEM’s a M2M solution compatible with ORBCOMM’s current OG1 satellite network and future OG2 services as well as with Inmarsat’s L-Band IDP network. The modems’ superior design offers our customers immediate improvements in latency, message size, performance and regulatory coverage.
The modems feature a single, wide-range power supply input, which provides flexibility for product designers. The modems’ low power consumption improves longevity in battery-powered applications. The modems also utilize an industry-standard PCI Express physical interface for seamless integration. In addition, integrators can purchase the ORBCOMM Developer’s Kit, which includes the OG2 or ISAT satellite modem, modem evaluation board, universal power supply, antennas, USB to serial adapter, Quick Start Guide CD with documentation, and PC interface software.
Contact M2Mzone to find out more about ORBCOMM’s new satellite modems and to discuss your M2M/IoT applications so we can recommend a solution that will help you save money, make money, or improve your system compliance.