Sierra Wireless has developed a five band 3G HSPA+ module for global deployments of M2M systems. The AirPrime Q2698 adds support for 3G HSPA+ on five frequency bands to the AirPrime Q Series along with support for 2G GSM/GPRS/EDGE on four frequency bands, making it compatible with networks worldwide and therefore ideal for global deployments.
The Q2698 is also programmable, enabling the development of embedded M2M applications with the Sierra Wireless Open AT Application Framework. This means that customers already using AirPrime Q series modules can seamlessly migrate from 2G to 3G, using the same hardware platform design and embedded applications they had developed for earlier products.
"Sierra Wireless is continuing to innovate and is excited to introduce the new AirPrime Q2698 module to this industry-proven Q Series product line," said Didier Dutronc, Senior Vice President, M2M Embedded Solutions for Sierra Wireless. "The AirPrime Q2698 is designed for customers seeking an M2M embedded module that can provide 3G cellular network connectivity in any international location. Because it also offers the Open AT Application Framework, embedded applications using the new AirPrime Q2698 module can be customized to meet business-specific M2M service needs."
The module will begin shipping in the second half of 2012 and can be used in a wide variety of fixed or mobile M2M deployments in segments such as industrial, energy, sales and payment, transportation, or healthcare. It provides network access nearly anywhere in the world, including Australia, North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America, China, and Japan. The AirPrime Q2698 module includes GPS technology, which is essential to fleet management, asset tracking, and other location-based applications.
Open AT allows developers to access the powerful processor of the Q2698 and embed their application software within the wireless module, which eliminates the need for external runtime units to perform logic functions. The result is faster time to market and reduced overall system cost.
The framework uses industry-standard C language programming, streamlining software development. It includes a comprehensive set of software libraries and a powerful, easy-to-use integrated development environment, the Sierra Wireless Developer Studio. Open AT also provides seamless connectivity with the Sierra Wireless AirVantage M2M Cloud Platform to enable advanced remote device and asset management, as well as subscriber management in collaboration with global network operators.
This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.