Once meters have been equipped with wireless technology that render them “communicative”, it is critical to have ways to make sure that they can be updated (from a software perspective) so that new applications can be added or deleted over the life of the product. The most efficient way to plan for and manage this is by ensuring that wireless networked meters are equipped with the possibility of “over-the-air” updating.
A critical piece of the industrial wireless markets has begun to gain traction. That piece is networking. Wavecom, a global leader in industrial and automotive wireless technology, recently announced the launch of StarService, a new product and service offering, which includes a Wireless Microprocessor® and a subscription to the secure Wavecom Intelligent Device Services (IDS).
The first StarService offer comes with a new Wavecom Wireless Microprocessor® 50, which is included free of charge as part of the package. This new ARM9-based device has been specifically designed for high volume industrial M2M and automotive applications. It runs the Open AT® Software Suite, which enables customers to develop embedded applications, and is expandable with a rich set of plug-ins. Samples of the WMP50 are currently available.
Wavecom Intelligent Device Services allow users to remotely manage their wireless devices securely over the air. It is used for upgrading firmware and application software, configuring devices, and implementing remote diagnostics. This service platform can easily be integrated to a customer’s existing back-end server.
Two wireless networks recently announced that they are working along with Wavecom in delivering the StarService package. California-based Jasper Wireless has a global offering with a network of 35, and growing, countries which it covers for M2M device deployment. Another US-based wireless network focused on M2M device connectivity is Numerex which allows its enterprise subscribers to remotely manage their wireless devices securely over-the-air (OTA).
“Numerex is thrilled to be a part of this offering which will undoubtedly bring tremendous value for current and new adopters of M2M wireless technology,” said Mike Lang, senior vice president for Numerex. “By combining Wavecom StarService with Numerex networks and our industry-leading M2M solutions, we will deliver a feature-rich platform on which our customers can design and develop a new generation of M2M products and services.”
“As meter makers scale their businesses using wireless technologies, having their equipment connected out-of-thebox from day one is critical. Jasper Wireless is delighted to work with Wavecom to be the first M2M mobile operator to enable inSIM™ and embedded SIM,” said Jahangir Mohammed, CEO, Jasper Wireless. “Together we will lead the industry in changing the economics of M2M services.”
Wavecom, along with M2M-focused network operators like Jasper Wireless and Numerex, are changing the business model for enterprises which are now beginning to see the long term value of having their machines connected via wireless networks. Commercial availability of StarService is early 2008.