Telit Wireless Solutions, a specialist in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, is presenting its latest products and services at stand 1G31, hall 1 at Mobile World Congress 2008 in Barcelona. In addition to the over-the-air software update service (FOTA), the trade fair highlights will also include a wide range of module innovations.
Telit will showcase the UC864 UMTS/HSPDA modules with 7.2 Mbits/s, the GE863-PRO3, the world's only dual CPU M2M module with additional ARM9 processor, and the GE863-SIM with integrated SIM card at the trade fair. Live demos by device manufacturers from different industries will give trade fair visitors the opportunity to find out for themselves about M2M applications.
Telit is exhibiting for the fifth time at the Mobile World Congress. "3GSM is one of the most important global trade fairs for Telit and is therefore an excellent platform for demonstrating our latest products and M2M applications," explains Dominikus Hierl, President Telit Wireless Solutions.
Firmware over the air update
Telit is presenting its new FOTA service (firmware over the air) enabling Telit customers to update the software of the integrated M2M modules as required. FOTA makes M2M much more stable and above all more secure. For example, it enables customers to respond quickly to changes in mobile networks. If Telit performs optimisations to its module software, these can be transferred immediately to the Telit modules of the customer applications via the remote software update. Even if users create their own module-independent software update for their application, they can install this using FOTA.
FOTA servers for Telit customers
The basis for this service is a special FOTA server which handles the software updates. Customers conclude a service agreement for this purpose and register their Telit modules on the server. The modules are then automatically supplied with software updates. "Users benefit primarily from the fact that they do not have to configure any servers of their own. This saves them considerable expense," explains Dominikus Hierl. At 3GSM, customers have the chance to experience a live demo showing how a software package is transferred and updated using FOTA.
UC864-E for high transfer rates
In addition, Telit will also present the latest generation of M2M modules including the UC864-E UMTS/HSPDA module which will be available worldwide from January 2008. The UC864-E enables extremely fast data transfer up to 7.2 Mbit/s at 2100 MHz making it one of the most powerful M2M modules worldwide. The EDGE and GSM/GPRS quad-band-compatible module has the same form factor and identical mechanical and software interfaces to the other products in the GSM/GPRS-based GC864 series and the CDMA 1xRTT-based CC864-DUAL series. Telit will also present the UC864-K which has the special licenses required for the Korean market. The UC864-G with worldwide tri-band frequency coverage in the UMTS band will also be featured. It combines slightly modified external dimensions with optimum mechanical compatibility. Users can integrate Telit's UC modules into existing GC and CC-based GSM/GPRS and CDMA designs with minimum integration and adaptation requirements. Trade fair visitors can see a live demonstration of how the module works at the Telit stand.
GE863-PRO3 high-performance module
A further focus will be the latest modules in the GE863 series, the GE863-SIM and the GE863-PRO3. The GE863-PRO3 is currently one of the key products in the Telit module portfolio. It is going on the market at the end of 2007. As well as the module processor, the GSM/GPRS quad-band module also has an additional powerful ARM9 processor from Atmel. It gives software applications complete access to the CPU, while the GPRS processor takes care of time-critical communication tasks. The module supports Python and C++ programming languages. With the GE863-PRO³, the user's own involvement in the development of a complex M2M application is significantly reduced. At the trade fair stand, visitors can find out about the various possible applications, features and interfaces of the module and the software tools.
M2M up close
Visitors can also learn more about the diverse applications of M2M first hand from five important Telit customers each presenting their applications on small presentation islands. The co-exhibitors include the automated meter reading specialist ASL (Great Britain), Xirgo (USA) and CROW (Israel) for the security industry. The French company Masternaut will also present its fleet management applications. Services for Electronic Manufacturing (SEM) from Italy will be demonstrating a small tracking and tracing device and its applications in the B2B and consumer sector. "The live demonstrations of our customers give trade fair visitors the opportunity to experience first hand the practical applications and therefore the benefits of the M2M devices," says Alexander Bufalino, VP Global Marketing, Telit Wireless Solutions.