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Cellular connection for metering router

Gorlitz, a manufacturer of energy information management systems, has selected Sierra Wireless to provide the wireless connectivity solution for its Ethernet / GPRS router. The router connects to energy meters, allowing utilities to remotely collect energy usage data.

The Sierra Wireless solution combines an AirPrime Q2686 embedded wireless module with the Open AT framework

The Sierra Wireless solution combines an AirPrime Q2686 embedded wireless module with the Open AT framework, which includes pre-packaged libraries that streamline development time and help customers such as Gorlitz get their products to market quickly. The company was seeking an end-to-end solution that offered key elements already pre-packaged and proven, including TCP/IP stack, FTP, and network address translation (NAT). It also wanted an operating system designed for machine-to-machine (M2M) metering applications, and application development needed to be simple, using standard C/C++ and easy-to-use development tools.

“Sierra Wireless provided all of the elements we needed to put together the wireless solution we were looking for, along with the expertise to help us along the way,” said Helmut Ratzenhofer, Chief Executive Officer for Gorlitz Austria GmbH. “Working with Sierra Wireless allowed us to focus on our own core strengths – we didn’t need to become wireless experts to integrate the connectivity we needed and get our router to market quickly.”

Didier Dutronc, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Embedded Solutions for Sierra Wireless, commented: “We recognise that many of our customers are not wireless experts, and the integration of cellular connectivity into their products is often only a small part of the product’s overall design. That’s why Sierra Wireless solutions are designed to provide everything they need – from a wide variety of embedded wireless modules, to development tools and software that streamlines integration, to a full device and asset management solution that can support the final products deployed in the field. We make the wireless integration as simple as possible so that our customers can focus their efforts on their own core competencies and get their products to market quickly.”

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