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Sierra AirLink RV55 simplifies connectivity for renewable energy and smart city applications.

Compact, Industrial Grade, Low Power LTE Advanced Connectivity.

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The AirLink® RV55 is the industry’s most rugged, compact, LTE-Advanced Pro router.

Simple to install, and easy to manage the RV55 router is designed for connecting critical remote assets, infrastructure, and vehicle fleets. The RV55 is especially well suited for applications in energy, utilities, smart city and public safety. The RV55 provides real-time remote connectivity for SCADA, distribution management systems and metering.

The RV55 high-performance LTE-Advanced Pro connectivity, Wi-Fi and GNSS and location-based applications and dual connectivity for vehicle fleets and mobile workforce. An LTE-M/NB-IoT variant is perfectly suited for hard to reach conditions.

The RV55 supports an extensive range of LTE bands worldwide, and its LTEAdvanced Pro capabilities deliver up to 600 Mbps downlink speeds. The RV55 also supports new unlicensed LTE bands (eg. CBRS) to support dedicated Private LTE service.

Benefits

  • Centrally managed, secure LTE broadband connectivity for both remote, fixed or vehicle applications in harsh environments.

  • Ultra-Low Power consumption ideal for solar or battery powered installations.

  • Connect your field workers and devices with flexible dual Wi-Fi, and ethernet.

  • Reduces complexity in connecting legacy equipment with dual-serial, ethernet, and multi-protocol support.

  • Powerful remote cloud-based or on-premises management solutions.

  • Proven reliability and over 3 million AirLink routers and gateways deployed.

  • Peace of mind-included 3-year warranty, direct 24/7 support, and device management access (1st year 24/7 direct technical support and device managent access included FOC).

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Sierra Wireless helps make UK communities safer with Emergency Services Network-certified vehicle routers

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Public safety agencies can now deploy Sierra Wireless’ AirLink MG90 to connect vehicle fleets on the UK’s Emergency Services Network
Sierra Wireless, the leading provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that its AirLink® MG90 High-Performance Multi-Network Vehicle Router is certified and approved for use on the UK’s Emergency Services Network (ESN).
The ESN is a dedicated network for emergency services that will serve potentially up to 300,000 individuals and connect up to 50,000 vehicles. The network provides secure and resilient mobile broadband data for routine and mission-critical emergency services use and will be the future platform for communications in the emergency services. Customers for the ESN include police, fire and rescue and ambulance services. Emergency services will benefit from improved voice and data communications and priority network use.

Tom Mueller, Vice President, Product Line Management, Sierra Wireless, said: “For 25 years, Sierra Wireless has worked closely with emergency services and first responders to ensure they have the tools they need to keep communities safe. With the AirLink MG90, agencies in the UK now have a secure, high-performance, ESN-certified solution that they can rely on for effective emergency response.”

The AirLink MG90 is a high-performance LTE-Advanced Pro vehicle multi-networking platform, designed to provide secure, always-on connectivity for mission-critical applications. The MG90 selects the best available network and supports dual LTE-Advanced Pro, dual concurrent gigabit Wi-Fi and gigabit Ethernet, with extensions to Land Mobile Radio (LMR) and satellite systems. Purpose-built for vehicle power environments, the MG90 is optimized to withstand extreme transient surges and temperatures. Paired with the AirLink Connection Manager, the Sierra Wireless mobile-optimized VPN server, and the AirLink Mobility Manager, Sierra Wireless’ network and device management system, the MG90 delivers an end-to-end certified solution ideal for emergency services. Sierra Wireless provides a complete service, from securing the data over the internet to remotely managing the device and providing a consolidated view of an entire fleet through vehicle location, driver behavior, vehicle telematics and more.

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Sierra Wireless Launch AirLink 55 LTE-A Router For Utility Grid Applications

Sierra Wireless AirLink RV55 LTE-A Pro cellular router connects utility grid infrastructure and mobile workforces for more efficient grid operations and rapid response to service outages.

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Sierra Wireless announces the AirLink® RV55 LTE-Advanced Pro router to simplify and lower the cost of connecting critical remote assets, infrastructure and mobile workforces in utility, energy, smart city and public safety applications.

AirLink RV55 is the industry’s most compact and rugged LTE-A Pro router for SCADA, distribution management systems and service vehicle fleets.

Utilities are deploying cellular IoT solutions like AirLink RV55 to modernize grid operations by connecting aging equipment and infrastructure in order to meet customers’ service expectations and increase adoption of new distributed energy sources. AirLink RV55 combines high-speed, reliable LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi, serial and ethernet interfaces, allowing utilities to gather real-time data from infrastructure and connect mobile workforces to improve operational efficiency, rapidly identify issues and restore service outages.

Carol Johnston, VP Product Marketing, Clevest Solutions, said:
“Efficiently connecting mobile workforces, their vehicles and dispatch resources is critical to quickly finding and resolving service outages. Sierra Wireless’ AirLink RV55 provides the secure, reliable, always-on connectivity that utilities need to efficiently dispatch work orders to the closest qualified worker and manage their field service teams leveraging Mobile Workforce Management software to keep critical operations running smoothly.”

Jesus Gonzalez, Senior Analyst, IHS Markit, Critical Communications, said:
“As electric utilities modernize with cellular IoT, the cost and complexity of adding connectivity to aging infrastructure equipment is a significant challenge, especially if the equipment doesn’t have connectivity built in or is deployed in a harsh or remote environment. Cellular LTE routers with a compact, rugged form factor, and flexible interfaces make it easy to connect critical distribution automation equipment like cap-bank controllers, sectionalizers and reclosers to help monitor and respond quickly to changes in the utility grid.”

Tom Mueller, VP, Products, Enterprise Solutions, Sierra Wireless, said:

“Utility, energy and industrial companies continue to rely on cellular IoT to efficiently connect and operate their infrastructure. The AirLink RV55, with device management and 24/7 direct support included at zero cost for the first year, provides IT teams with peace of mind knowing they can securely connect and manage both their fixed and mobile networks with a single reliable solution.”

AirLink RV55 is part of Sierra Wireless’ AirLink Performance Series of routers and gateways. It is available in an LTE-A Pro variant with dual-serial, ethernet, GNSS and an optional dual-Wi-Fi interface. LTE-A Pro supports 6x faster downlink (up to 600Mbps) and 3x faster upload (up to 150Mbps) speeds compared to previous LTE versions (RV50). RV55 supports CBRS bands that do not require spectrum licenses and allow utilities to build and operate their own LTE networks.

An LTE-M/NB-IoT (up to 300kbps downlink) variant is also available for enhanced coverage. RV55 retains the same ultra-low power consumption of the RV50/50X making it ideal for solar- or battery-powered installations.

Pricing & Availability

AirLink RV55 models range from £456 for the LTE-M/NB-IoT variant to £610 for the LTE-A Pro variant with Wi-Fi. LTE-A Pro routers will start sampling in March 2019, with commercial availability beginning in April 2019. LTE-M/NB-IoT samples will be available in May, with commercial availability in June 2019.

Every AirLink RV55 purchase comes with peace-of-mind protection—the first year of AirLink Complete, including device management, 24/7 direct technical support and 3-year warranty—is included at no additional charge.

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Sierra Wireless solar powered satellite asset tracking service enables reliable disaster response

 Sierra Wireless’ managed asset tracking service uses Globalstar’s SmartOne Solar device to provide satellite connectivity when cellular service is unavailable, enabling emergency response agencies to connect, track and manage thousands of relief assets when it matters most

Sierra Wireless, the leading provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the company has added solar power to its satellite-enabled asset tracking managed service, which allows agencies to connect, track and manage thousands of relief assets and respond to emergencies more effectively. The company is using Globalstar, Inc.’s (NYSE American: GSAT) SmartOne Solar device to extend battery power and provide reliable satellite connectivity to ensure devices remain online and available when it matters most.

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Following a natural disaster, like a hurricane or forest fire, it’s imperative that assets such as emergency equipment, temporary trailers for housing, and food and clean water supplies be deployed quickly to the right locations. When power and cellular networks are out of service, Sierra Wireless’ managed satellite asset tracking service with Globalstar’s SmartOne Solar device provides the reliability that agencies need to accurately deploy resources. Globalstar’s solar-powered device can run for up to 10 years on battery power, ensuring that agencies stay connected to assets in-motion.

“With Sierra Wireless’ managed asset tracking service, our customers can track high-value assets that are critical to effective, life-saving disaster responses,” said Marc Overton, Senior Vice President and General Manager, IoT Services, Sierra Wireless. “When cellular service is unavailable, satellite asset tracking gives agencies insight into the status of mission-critical aid. Our service provides the reliable, secure connectivity needed to track and control assets sent into disaster zones.”

Using Sierra Wireless’ managed asset tracking service, with mapping and management software designed specifically for mission-critical situations, government agencies can monitor assets in chaotic environments and ensure that emergency responders get the tools they need to save lives and limit damage. The managed service combines the SmartOne Solar device with software and resilient network connectivity to provide an off-the-shelf, market-ready service. Instead of spending time searching for vendors and building their own solution, Sierra Wireless helps customers deploy quickly with low up-front costs.

The solution also features Bluetooth capabilities, which make it easier to update the device remotely in the field, saving time and money. Loss prevention features include geofencing, GPS location data and theft recovery modes, all of which improve visibility of expensive equipment and supplies while in remote locations around the world.

“Government agencies and organizations need dependable, up-to-date information to make informed decisions, especially when lost or delayed emergency response assets can mean endangering lives or spending tens of thousands of dollars replacing lost equipment,” said David Kagan, CEO, Globalstar. “The affordable SmartOne Solar device delivers dependable, low-latency, high-quality connectivity when it’s needed most, whether you’re tracking emergency supplies or crisis support vehicles.”

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Atlas Copco selects Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud IoT solution to transform industrial compressor business

  FX30 Programmable IoT Gateway with Legato® open source Linux software and AirVantage® IoT platform enable Atlas Copco to rapidly develop and deploy Industrial IoT applications globally

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Sierra Wireless,  the leading provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that Atlas Copco, a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions, has selected Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud IoT solution to transform its industrial compressor business.

Atlas Copco is expanding its customer service capabilities by deploying IoT applications at the network edge. The machine data collected allows Atlas Copco to provide preventive maintenance, which gives local service teams the ability to deliver the right spare part at the right time for faster fault resolution, saving costs associated with breakdowns and production loss. It also empowers its customers to manage energy usage efficiently and further increases product reliability.

Atlas Copco chose Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud solution, comprised of FX30 programmable IoT gateways and the Legato® open source Linux platform tightly integrated with AirVantage®, to quickly develop, deploy and scale its SmartBox solution as a worldwide IoT service focused on customer success.

“The Internet of Things is transforming businesses across all industries worldwide, and Atlas Copco is a leading innovator,” said Jason Krause, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “With Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud solution, Atlas Copco was able to increase its industrial machine intelligence, productivity and efficiency by deploying custom applications at the edge, leveraging data to develop new business models.”

Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud solution provides data collection and delivery, device management, embedded application lifecycle management and best-in-class interoperability, allowing Atlas Copco to securely and reliably push business data from their connected assets to their enterprise systems. Edge processing applications were developed in a secure sandbox using the Legato open source Linux platform.

The FX30 programmable IoT gateway is the industry’s smallest, most flexible and rugged programmable cellular gateway. Customers can accelerate time to market by up to three years using the FX30, compared to building their own “point” solution with a basic cloud management platform and embedded software stack developed in-house. It provides a pre-certified, integrated embedded platform to connect any machine to any IoT application or cloud, with Legato open source Linux-based programmability and 2G, 3G and LTE connectivity to manage any type of machine. It supports Sierra Wireless’ multi-operator Smart SIM, which delivers best-in-class coverage and superior data service quality. Future releases will also support the GSMA eUICC specification for remote provisioning, allowing subscriptions to be remotely updated over-the-air. Entire fleets of FX30s can be monitored, managed and controlled remotely through AirVantage.

Offering unparalleled flexibility for many different applications, the FX30 programmable IoT gateway is available in both Ethernet and Serial variants, and it supports an IoT Connector to enable hardware extensions to interface with an unlimited range of sensors and wired and wireless networks. It offers best-in-class low power consumption, consuming less than 1W in idle mode and 2mW in ultra-low power mode, making it ideal for solar and battery-powered applications. Security features include support for the Lightweight M2M protocol and pre-shared key encryption.

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Sierra Wireless supports the new Google Cloud IoT Core to simplify the adoption of IoT solutions in the enterprise

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Google Cloud Leverages Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud IoT expertise to help more customers realize the value of connected devices

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW), a leading provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced support for Google Cloud IoT Core, a fully managed service that allows users to easily and securely connect and manage devices at global scale.


Cloud IoT Core, together with other Google Cloud services, such as Pub/Sub, Dataflow, Bigtable, BigQuery, and Data Studio, provide a complete solution for collecting, processing, analyzing, and visualizing IoT data in real time to support improved operational efficiency.

Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud solution, which includes embedded wireless modules, gateways, and cloud and connectivity services, links businesses to their operational data. The solution provides intelligence at the edge, secured device provisioning and managed services, such as device monitoring and software updates. Sierra Wireless has been working with Google since 2015 to enable Pub/Sub integration of its AirVantage® IoT Platform with Google Cloud services. Now, with support for Google Cloud IoT Core, Sierra Wireless customers have more options to access the entire Google ecosystem out of the box.

Key features of the new Cloud IoT Core solution:

  • End-to-end security – Enable end-to-end security using certificate-based authentication and TLS; devices running Android Things or ones supporting the Cloud IoT Core security requirements can deliver full stack security.
  • Out-of-box data Insights – Use downstream analytic systems by integrating with Google Big Data Analytics and ML services.
  • Serverless infrastructure: Scale instantly without limits using horizontal scaling on Google’s serverless platform.
  • Role-level data control – Apply IAM roles to devices to control access to devices and data.
  • Automatic device deployment – Use REST APIs to automatically manage the registration, deployment and operation of devices at scale.


“Real-time, reliable and actionable processing of information is a complex but critical element of IoT,” said Philippe Guillemette, CTO, Sierra Wireless. “Sierra Wireless’ experience in helping customers deploy more than one hundred million cloud-connected edge devices coupled with Google’s Cloud IoT Core dramatically reduces this complexity for businesses of any size.” 

“Cloud IoT Core was designed to simplify digital transformation by helping customers to leverage Google Cloud’s data analytics and machine learning capabilities and act on insights, in real time, from operational data that was previously inaccessible,” said Adam Massey, Director, Strategic Technology Partners at Google Cloud. “By working with industry leaders like Sierra Wireless, we are expanding the surface of innovation to help more customers realize the value of connected devices for their businesses.”

For more information about Sierra Wireless device-to-cloud solutions, visit http://www.sierrawireless.com.

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Smart Sensors and Wireless Connectivity Can Provide a World-Class Waste Management Service

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During the holiday season, or just on busy weekends, you’ve probably gone out for a walk only to be met with overflowing trash bins. It does nothing for the ambiance. Streets marked by litter and noxious smells detract from quality of life and give a poor impression to tourists (to say nothing of the associated health hazards).

It’s an obligation for municipalities and authorities to ensure litter-free streets, of course, but balancing that necessity against increasingly squeezed budgets isn’t easy. Even wealthy cities are struggling to provide basic services, and a large town will typically spend about $15 million per year on waste collection. Ensuring an efficient waste management strategy can result in significant cost reduction—but many cities are left frustrated as they grapple with how to improve efficiency.

Wasted Resources and Intelligent Waste Management
Waste and recycling are typically collected using fixed routes and schedules, without taking into account whether bins are actually full. This can leave trash brimming over in popular commercial locations, with cities incurring additional costs since collection teams must make emergency visits to these areas, even as they waste time at low-volume sites that don’t need attention but are on the scheduled route.

Smart bin sensors and mobile connectivity offer a new way of monitoring collection sites. Sensors can be fitted to any container in a matter of seconds, allowing cities to closely monitor fill data. This monitoring is usually performed by ultrasonic technology that can automatically detect different surfaces and waste types. The collected data is then transmitted wirelessly to the cloud, where it can be used by waste management companies to not only monitor when containers need emptying but also to provide insight into popular locations and usage patterns.

This system essentially allows waste management administrators to create demand-based collection routes, increasing or decreasing collection during weekends or busy seasonal periods, for example, or altering fee scales according to usage. Some sensors can even measure internal temperatures, meaning that garbage bins approaching critical levels can be attended to.

Sensor Technology for a Smart City
Bin sensors are sometimes equipped with SIM cards, which means that they can use existing telecommunications networks to communicate with waste management companies. New sensors connected via low-power wide area technology offer a long-term, cost-effective solution.

In short, IoT sensors provide a better option for cities looking to maintain sustainable, connected growth. And despite being non-mission-critical, data from these devices is still collected in near-real-time. Drivers can receive information directly on a tablet or smart device and alter routes on the fly. So, for example, instead of visiting four bins—two of which are 90 percent full, and two of which are only 20 percent full—as would be the case on a traditional route, an optimized route would only require a visit to the two full bins. This cuts the collection route by 50 percent, resulting in significant savings in terms of fuel and driver hours.

Short-term and Long-term Benefits

Smart waste management based on this technology has reduced direct costs by up to 50 percent, and some city projects have seen a total cost reduction of up to 80 percent, including significant savings on fuel, driver hours, and equipment wear and tear, not to mention lower exhaust emissions, a reduced carbon footprint, and a cleaner, healthier environment for citizens. As each sensor is equipped with GPS tracking, the exact location of every container is always known as well, preventing lost and stolen bins, which can add up to a significant annual cost for municipalities.

Nor does it end there. Over time, data can be analyzed further, providing a benchmark for:

  • Predictive forecasting;
  • Fill level trends and history;
  • Insight into weights and volumes of trash over specified time periods; and
  • Seasonal fluctuations.

In the future, technologies may become even smarter by, say, recognizing different types of trash, thus predicting the value of recyclables at each location, or even using social media to broadcast their status, allowing citizens to choose which locations they will use when recycling.

For municipalities moving towards smart city status, such intelligent monitoring can transform waste management policies, not only reducing monetary costs and strain on time and resources, but creating a world-class environment for citizens and visitors alike.

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Sierra Wireless acquires GNSS embedded module assets of GlobalTop Technology

Acquisition expands Sierra Wireless’ embedded solutions for markets including high-value asset tracking, telematics, drones and automotive

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Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW), a leading provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced it has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of GlobalTop Technology’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) embedded module business for total cash consideration of approximately $3.2 million, subject to working capital adjustments.

GlobalTop’s GNSS embedded module portfolio will become part of the Sierra Wireless OEM Solutions product line, and the GNSS staff from GlobalTop will join Sierra Wireless. GlobalTop’s GNSS products generated approximately $5.0 million U.S. in revenue during the last 12 months, and the business is approximately breakeven.
“With a wide array of modules and established sales channels, as well as a proven engineering team, we believe that the GlobalTop GNSS business is an important addition to Sierra Wireless,” said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President and General Manager, OEM Solutions, Sierra Wireless. “Building on our portfolio of Cellular, WiFi and Bluetooth modules, we will have additional products to offer to our customers in markets where positioning data is critical, including high-value asset tracking, telematics, drones and automotive.”

About Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) is building the Internet of Things with intelligent wireless solutions that empower organizations to innovate in the connected world. Customers start with Sierra because we offer the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of 2G, 3G and 4G embedded modules and gateways, seamlessly integrated with our secure cloud and connectivity services. OEMs and enterprises worldwide trust our innovative solutions to get their connected products and services to market faster. Sierra Wireless has more than 1,000 employees globally and operates R&D centers in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.sierrawireless.com.

Connect with Sierra Wireless on the IoT Blog at http://www.sierrawireless.com/iot-blog, on Twitter at @SierraWireless, on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/sierra-wireless and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/SierraWireless.

“Sierra Wireless” is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, plans and timing for the introduction or enhancement of our services and products, statements about future market conditions, supply conditions, channel and end customer demand conditions, revenues, gross margins, operating expenses, profits, and other expectations, intentions, and plans contained in this press release that are not historical fact. Our expectations regarding future revenues and earnings depend in part upon our ability to successfully develop, manufacture, and supply products that we do not produce today and that meet defined specifications. When used in this press release, the words “plan”, “expect”, “believe”, and similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current expectations. They are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, changes in technology and changes in the wireless data communications market. In light of the many risks and uncertainties surrounding the wireless data communications market, you should understand that we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release will be realized.

Source: Sierra Wireless

IoT-Connected Smart Meters Are Enabling the Internet of Energy

In 1859, in an unremarkable Pennsylvania field, oil was struck for the first time, changing an industry and transforming the world. Oil had many more uses than coal, leading to faster ships, warmer homes—and eventually the combustible engine.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is now poised to be the most transformative force in the energy industry since that black-gold day. But, as with all revolutions, digital transformation is disruptive, and innovation is needed to gain competitive advantage. The adoption of IoT technology means that the industry has increasing access to cellular data, and the market itself is starting to fragment as grids become decentralized.

To stay competitive, many utility companies have turned to smart meters. These IoT-enabled devices are more efficient and ensure more accurate diagnostics and billing. But one of the contradictions of modern life is that the technology that allows us to do amazing things often leaves us more vulnerable to it malfunctioning. And while smart meters are a great idea in theory, they can fall short without a consistent cellular connection—currently lacking in many environments.

That’s why businesses like Aidon, a progressive European technology company that specializes in advanced smart metering and smart grid solutions, are embracing Sierra Wireless Smart SIMs to ensure they have resilient connectivity. Promising reliable backend communication, Smart SIM technology is enabling the next step forward in the utilities industry.

The Challenge of Smart Meters
Aidon, which operates primarily in Finland, Norway and Sweden, is at the forefront of smart meter technology. Their smart meters offer a streamlined way of communicating with backend systems on important metrics, such as data usage and electrical quality. The meters monitor low-voltage grids and distribution substations, helping ensure the faultless delivery of electricity to end users. Utilizing their internal mesh radio solution, they collect data from more than a hundred meters in a local neighborhood into a local hub, where it is transferred via the mobile network to the datacenter.

As with all other IoT devices, this system requires constant connection. Lack of connection means a decrease in the agreed service level and, in regions with particularly challenging topography, such as the mountainous Nordic countries served by Aidon, that’s difficult with traditional SIMs. Aidon turned to Sierra Wireless—and Smart SIMs—for an optimal reliable wide area network solution.

Smart SIMs Provide Full Connectivity to Smart Meters
Smart SIMs are optimized for the IoT, with its wealth of connections, as well as for existing cellular structures. This is because they are not beholden to any one network. Instead, they’re programmed to automatically select the best available. If one signal is weak, the Smart SIM can easily switch to the next, ensuring unbroken communication with backend systems.

Every local hub Aidon deploys in the field is equipped with a Sierra Wireless SIM card. This Smart SIM allows for access to nearly every operator in any given location—anywhere in the world. By using a patented smart network steering technology, Smart SIMs can connect dynamically to the ideal carrier network any time a data-service failure is detected.

There is also an element of choice: The Smart SIM’s electronic profile can be defined according to customer preference. In other words, it can do more than just select the strongest signal—it can be programmed to select the signal that’s best for your meters.

This eliminates steering issues and eradicates the costly downtime that comes when a device must repeatedly hunt for an appropriate connection. We estimate that a typical utility company could save up to 30% over five years by making the switch to Smart SIMs. This also has the downstream effect of reducing costs for end users.

The Sierra Wireless AirVantage IoT Platform

But having data at all times is one thing. Managing it is another. Sierra Wireless’ AirVantage IoT Platform, can help utility companies take this next step.

AirVantage offers an integrated and easy-to-use approach to collecting and transmitting smart meter data. It’s a connectivity management interface that allows companies to order, place, and track all their SIM cards, as well as their connectivity subscriptions.

AirVantage handles all the management activities that are necessary to keep Aidon’s devices online and communicating. This includes:

  • Remote monitoring and updating. AirVantage lets companies know about and fix potential problems before they impact their customers.
  • Organization and storage of transmitted data. Each of your technicians needs to be able to access well-organized smart meter data. AirVantage makes that data available on a variety of applications, such as the portal that you use to monitor statuses and schedule deliveries.
  • Customer management. In the Information Age, customers demand the ability to understand and control their usages and expenditures. We can help you give this to them. The AirVantage platform can also be used in conjunction with the mobile apps many customers use to view and manage their accounts.

A Look to the Future: Smart SIMs and eUICCs to Unlock Every Market
Europe is leading the way with both smart meters and Smart SIMs. Some areas have yet to embrace the technology, but this wave of transformation is unavoidable and is beginning to spread to other continents. It is easy to see why. To harness the power of the IoT, other countries must start preparing to embrace flexible networking.

And it doesn’t stop with Smart SIMs. The transformation of the energy sector is ongoing. The next wave of Smart SIMs are poised to include embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Cards (eUICCs). These offer utility companies even more flexibility since they will allow you to change carriers by downloading new operator profiles over the air. Since the SIM cards in smart meters are designed to last in the field for 10-15 years, this will enable more flexibility, as IoT devices need to operate for years yet keep pace with changes in service.

It’s economically infeasible to send technicians to manually switch every single one of your SIM cards every time you want to change carriers. The ability to switch automatically ensures that SIMs will remain fully functional for the lifetime of the IoT device, which could significantly reduce service costs. eUICC systems have yet to be deployed in Europe but are likely to be rolled out this year.

This coming Internet of Energy will change the way utilities, businesses, and individuals use their resources. But like any great technology, the front end is dependent on reliable infrastructure on the backend. Smart SIMs give meters the flexibility they need to ensure full coverage, and eUICCs will help provide continued long-term viability in the field.

No matter the topography, no matter the country, connectivity is key to fulfilling the potential of the IoT. That’s why Aidon turned to Sierra Wireless. Our Smart SIM system allowed them to revolutionize energy use in challenging conditions. Start with Sierra to learn more about how our innovative wireless solutions can help your company prepare for the Internet of Energy revolution, or listen to our expert panel webinar with Aidon presenting.

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Sierra Wireless launches AirLink MG90 LTE-Advanced Multi Network Platform

 

 

 

sierrawirelessairlinkmg90_highres_Sierra Wireless have announced the availability of the AirLink® MG90, a high performance LTE-Advanced vehicle networking platform that provides secure, always-on mobile connectivity. The MG90 builds on the success of the oMG Mobile Gateway, which is the world’s most widely deployed multi-network solution for mission-critical first responder, field service and transit applications.

“Sierra Wireless is the market leader in volume shipments of cellular gateways and routers, with a large installed base of high-speed mobile gateways for first responders in the North American market,” said Sam Lucero, Senior Principal Analyst for IoT at IHS Markit. “Platforms like the MG90, with its focus on multi-network switching capability, are addressing a key customer need for robust, highly-available connectivity technology options.*”
Today’s mobile workforce needs to connect more technology in and around their vehicles than ever before, and these devices need to remain securely connected at all times, even as the vehicle moves from one coverage area to another. The MG90 provides:

  • The world’s fastest vehicle area network to support multiple high-bandwidth applications working simultaneously
  • Guaranteed, “always-on” connectivity with sub-second switching of multiple simultaneous integrated WAN links, including:
    • Dual-LTE-Advanced
    • FirstNet Band 14 option
    • Gigabit Wi-Fi WAN
    • Gigabit Ethernet
    • Extensions to satellite and Land Mobile Radio (LMR)
  • Connected vehicle awareness with built-in vehicle-ready I/O, Bluetooth and Vehicle Telemetry interface for in-depth visibility of engine health and remote monitoring of axillary devices, such as light bars, sirens and gun racks
  • Mobile multi-network security using the AirLink Connection Manager (ACM)to retain static IP addresses across all wide area networks without interruption, consolidating the security for all technologies connected to the vehicle area network
  • Advanced network management software using the AirLink Mobility Manager (AMM) for instant network insight and control, enabling centralized and remote management, monitoring and configuration, available as a hosted service or in the enterprise

“First responder, transit, and field service fleets increasingly require multiple wireless networks to ensure always-on, secure communications in the field,” said Jason Krause, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “The AirLink MG90 platform is designed to meet the demands of fleets today and in the future, enabling more informed and better equipped mobile workforces, by providing guaranteed connectivity for mission critical applications.”

The MG90’s multi-networking capability is optimized for the world’s most demanding wireless applications, such as in law enforcement vehicles, which host multiple systems (body worn cameras, laptops, electronic citation systems, live digital video surveillance and automated license plate recognition systems) that all need to remain securely connected as the vehicle travels.

Josh Hearen, Deputy Sheriff, Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, said: “Since we deployed the new AirLink MG90 in our test vehicle, we’ve been particularly impressed with its ability to connect to our two core networks—Verizon and FirstNet Band 14—at any one time. Because it switches between both networks so quickly, the transition is invisible, resulting in almost no network downtime. When connected to the MG90, our officers are able to complete all of their research, paperwork and reporting remotely from the vehicle via their laptops, increasing productivity and saving the department, and taxpayers, money and superfluous man hours.”

Felix Arenas, IT Analyst, Town of Paradise Valley, said: “For us, the biggest benefit of the AirLink MG90 is reliability—it just works. It provides a constant and secure connection wherever it’s located. The MG90 has allowed us to connect more in-vehicle applications than ever before. All the data is secure, so our officers are able to transmit sensitive information from their vehicles.”

George Barlow Brown, Communications & IT Chief, New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said: “One of the main reasons we chose the AirLink MG90 is because it’s FirstNet, Band 14 deployable. When the network is turned on, we won’t need to purchase new technology, saving considerable costs and time. We’ve also been very impressed by the MG90’s performance on our current Verizon network. It’s enabled us to be more informed, respond faster and be better equipped to manage an emergency.”

About the AirLink MG90 LTE-A Multi-networking Platform
Together with the AirLink Connection Manager, the MG90 consolidates the security for all connected technologies in the vehicle area network, simplifying deployment and enabling the enterprise to retain management control over network access and connected mobile assets.

The MG90 integrates with the AirLink Mobility Manager—an end-to-end network management solution—to enable simplified, remote and real-time insight and control of connected mobile assets and mission critical applications, and supports vehicle tracking, telemetry and asset management applications.

For more information about the MG90 and the company’s solutions for the mobile IoT market, visit https://www.sierrawireless.com/products-and-solutions/routers-gateways/.

The AirLink MG90 will be available soon in the UK. For more information contact Co-Star.

Source: Sierra Wireless