Sierra Wireless has unveiled its newest family of AirCard® mobile hotspots for 4G LTE networks. Following on the success of the AirCard 754S, the new AirCard 760S, AirCard 762S, and AirCard 763S offer several feature enhancements, including an improved user interface, longer battery life, and expanded frequency band support across the product family, providing variants compatible with most common frequency band combinations around the world. The new mobile hotspots are expected to launch in select markets in North America, Australia, Asia, and Europe over the next couple of months.
Solutions for M2M markets on 3G networks are gaining rapid adoption in multiple markets worldwide,” said Didier Dutronc, Senior Vice President and General Manager, M2M Embedded Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “Today’s announcement means that for the first time, M2M customers have a seamless path between 2G and 3G. Customers who have built 2G applications with the Open AT Application Framework can now use the same software and design to create solutions for 3G networks. For the larger industry, it means that M2M application developers can now easily migrate from a 2G to a 3G solution, using Open AT to build applications once, and deploy them in any market.”
The Open AT Application Framework has a 10-year track record as the industry’s first choice for developing embedded M2M applications. Open AT enables easy embedded software development with industry-standard C language programming, combining the world’s first operating system designed for M2M application development with 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.
“We are delighted that Sierra Wireless’ application framework is now available to customers building M2M solutions for 3G networks,” said Ana Tavares-Lattibeaudiere, Head of the GSMA’s Connected Living programme. “M2M is at the forefront of innovation in the mobile industry, and provides significant growth potential for the entire ecosystem. The introduction of the Open AT Application Framework for 3G services, and the advantages it provides in speeding-up development timelines, will help accelerate growth in this market.”
By enabling customers to embed their application software within the wireless module itself, Open AT has helped hundreds of companies bring M2M solutions to market much more quickly, and at a lower cost, than they would by using separate hardware components. Millions of automotive, smart energy and industrial devices are currently operating on 2G networks with software applications built on Open AT. This powerful framework is now also available to customers developing M2M solutions for 3G networks and market, as well as for customers migrating from 2G to 3G.
The 3G Open AT solution is built on Qualcomm chipset solutions, and Sierra Wireless worked closely with Qualcomm to integrate its embedded application framework with Qualcomm’s industry-leading technology.
“Qualcomm is excited to support Sierra Wireless in their 2G to 3G migration efforts and is pleased to see the Open AT Application Framework evolve to Sierra’s 3G module products.” says Kanwalinder Singh, Senior Vice President of Business Development for Qualcomm. “We believe this is a significant step in moving the M2M market to high bandwidth, low latency 3G networks.”
The Open AT Application Framework provides customers developing M2M applications with pre-integrated building blocks and tools that make development easier and less expensive, accelerating time-to-market. These tools are field-proven, with a 10-year track record of success. Ultimately, they allow customers to focus their time and resources on delivering innovative M2M applications and capabilities, instead of on integrating hardware components and rewriting basic software layers.
Using Open AT, customers can:
- Develop M2M software once, and deploy it on any 2G or 3G network, in any market worldwide
- Radically simplify the architecture and the development of M2M applications
- Bring innovative M2M solutions to market before competitors
- Improve return on investment in M2M development
- Take advantage of a mature, active community of partners and developers at the Sierra Wireless Developer Zone