Tag Archives: GSM

Trackers mesh network technology helps to recovery Mercedes

tracker

TRACKER works alongside Manchester police to recover Mercedes worth £42,000

Date: 15 April 2015

TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), the leading stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) provider, recently played a key role in helping Manchester Police recover a stolen Mercedes A45 AMG. Valued at £42,000, the vehicle was reported missing by a neighbour, who saw the burglary take place at the owner’s house in Broadheath. Luckily, the car was fitted with a tracking device and the silent signal emitted led police to the stolen vehicle.

The Mercedes A45 AMG’s big price tag made it a key target for the thieves, who also stole a Rolex watch and other valuables when they broke into the owner’s home. Fortunately, once the tracking device on the vehicle was activated, police received a signal via TRACKER’s Mesh Network, and they were able to locate the vehicle whilst it was still on the move in Manchester.

The Mesh Network takes advantage of vehicles fitted with TRACKER SVR devices, which in essence ‘listen’ out for reported stolen vehicles that have a TRACKER device fitted. This brings drivers together to create a UK wide network of ‘listening vehicles’ which can help pinpoint the location of a stolen vehicle fitted with TRACKER.  Both drivers are totally unaware that the stolen vehicle has been identified by TRACKER’s Mesh Network.

“Our close working relationship with the UK police forces means we are able to close the net on thieves who target high value vehicles,” explains Adrian Davenport, Police Liaison Manager for TRACKER. “Our unique combination of GSM, VHF and GPS technology means we can help police locate vehicles, even if they are hidden underground, in a garage or a shipping container.

“Although a tracking device won’t stop a car being stolen, it does increase the chances of police recovering and returning the vehicle to its owner. With thieves targeting high value vehicles, by getting around in-built security systems and finding new ways to hide them, TRACKER’s technology offers car owners a greater level of protection than any of its competitors and helps police tackle car theft head on.”

Mark Diamond, Tactical Vehicle Intercept Unit at Greater Manchester Police, adds, “Luckily for the owner of this Mercedes the vehicle had a tracking device fitted, as many owners may not realise the importance of having one installed. This was crucial in helping us locate and recover the vehicle. We’ve seen an increase in the number of high value cars being stolen, as criminals find clever ways to hide them. However, TRACKER’s technology helps officers on the ground launch a quick response to a signal, helping us locate vehicles and make arrests.”

Source: Tracker

Co-Star’s Latest RF Connectors for Wireless Applications

C23SRP_025SP-RPCo-Star has developed a new range of RF connectors and adapters  for connecting external antennas to Wireless Routers, Mobile Data Terminals (MDT’s) and other wireless devices.

FME Male to TS9 Male Right Angle Adaptor Cable

The TS9 connector is often used across a number of cellular, GSM, 3G and 4G dongles, data cards and modems. Very similar in appearance to the CRC9 connector, the TS9 plug has a  gold plated centre pin and circular barrel with slots at the end. The C74-FP-025TS9RA cable has been designed to quickly & easily  covert an antenna terminated with an FME female which is a common connector used for mobile applications to TS9 without having to re-crimp. Co-Star have used a right angle TS9 connector to ensure secure connection into the wireless device. The cable length is 250mm of RG174 coax.

SMA Male Reverse Polarity to SMA Female AdaptorCF_40

Widely used by Wi-Fi equipment manufacturers RP SMA connectors are designed to prevent consumers from accidently  connecting antennas with gain which would breach compliance. The female RP-SMA connector has the same external housing as a standard or conventional female SMA connector, which consists of an outer shell with the threads on the outside; however, the center receptacle is replaced by a male pin. Similarly, the RP-SMA male has threads on the inside like a conventional male, but has a center receptacle instead of the male pin in the middle.

The CF.40 adaptor has a Reverse Polarity male and standard SMA female to enable engineers to convert a standard SMA male which is a commonly used as standard by antenna manufacturers to SMA Male Reverse Polarity.

SMA Male Reverse Polarity to SMA Female Reverse Polarity

Manufactured using low loss RG58 coaxial cable (250mm) the C23SRP.025SP/RP SMA Male RP to SMA Female RP cable extension can be used to convert the genders of RP SMA connectors on antennas or as a cable extension.

Source: Co-Star

 

Antennas & Cable Assemblies for improving Smart Meter performance

C23SP-SSmart Meters can be installed in remote areas with limited network coverage so antennas & RF cable assemblies play an integral part in the performance of the Smart Meters in these situations.  Co-Star supply a range of Panorama antennas that offer excellent performance across a wide bandwidth which are designed to improve the network coverage and enable better performance when transferring and monitoring data over the cellular network the performance of the devices.

Good network coverage is vital to the performance of a smart-meter and a good quality antenna can improve the performance  by  maximising the signal strength and enhancing  the LPB-7-27-200x200network coverage.

Co-Star have a specialised range of Panorama antennas for smart meter applications that work across all cellular frequencies including: GSM/2G/3G/4G and have different mounting options to suit the location, environment & type of device.

RF Coaxial Cable Assemblies

Co-Star also manufacture RG58 low loss coaxial cable assemblies used to extend the cables on antennas. These can be supplied in any length and with any combination of connector including: SMA, FME, TNC, N series and even Reverse Polarity connectors. We manufacture these in the UK and can turn them around very quickly so if you have an urgent requirement than please let us know. We can also manufacture cable assemblies using other low loss coaxial cables including LMR400 for applications that require long extensions.

Below are a few different option of the antennas & cable assemblies that we supply but we have many more. Please call or e-mail us for more information: t: +44 (0) 1423 340066 e: sales@co-star.co.uk

Antenna Smart Meter/M2M/Vending Machine Cellular

Low Profile Cellular & LTE Multiband Antenna Panorama

FME Female – FME Male RG58 Cable Extension (5m)

KPN M2M and Air Lines unveil Connected Luggage

imagesDGU7GM1V
An easier luggage process and less stress for the passenger thanks to two smart innovations using  M2M technology. KPN, Fast Track Company and Air France/KLM/Delta Airlines are working on two innovations for easier tracking and tracing of luggage.

Never loosing luggage again thanks to ‘Connected’ suitcases

An easier luggage process and less stress for the passenger thanks to two smart innovations on basis of M2M technology. KPN, Fast Track Company and Air France/KLM/Delta Airlines are working on two innovations for easier tracking and tracing of luggage.

With M2M technology the position of just about every piece of luggage can be determined, anywhere in the world and at any time. From this basis, KPN, FastTrack Company and Air France/KLM/Delta Airlines started to make M2M applicable for the luggage processes in aviation. The results are eTrack and eTag, two applications that can be used both combined and separately.

eTrack: Always know where luggage is

eTrack is a compact device that a passenger can put in his suitcase or travel bag and that continuously tracks its location via GPS and GSM. With a special eTrack app, one can track the luggage piece accurately, wherever in the world. eTrack uses the patented Auto Flight Mode, that meets all international rules for the use of GSM and radio signals on board of airplanes.

Also, eTrack helps to prevent theft, by connecting the luggage piece to the owner’s smartphone via Bluetooth. As soon as the owner and the luggage are a certain distance away from each other – a distance set by the owner -, the alarm sounds on the smartphone. Besides, with eTrack it is very easy to check whether a luggage piece has been opened between check-in and baggage claim.

eTag: faster luggage process

eTag is an electronic luggage tag with two e-ink displays that can already be provided with the right barcode with flight information during online check-in. With this, the passenger arranges his boarding pass and luggage tag. This adds to the swiftness and efficiency of the luggage process and reduces waiting at the luggage drop-off. The traveler inscribes eTag with his eTrack, or directly from his eTrack app via Bluetooth.

Also, the passenger and flight information is being stored on the built-in RFID-chip. Last mentioned technology is on the increase in aviation as a track and trace application in the luggage process.

Air France/KLM/Delta Airlines, Fast Track Company and KPN expect to introduce eTag and eTrack this autumn. Samsonite will integrate the eTag and the eTrack in alimited edition suitcase.

Source: M2M magazine

Magellan Selected for Hertz NeverLost 6 platform

 Navigation Solutions, a Hertz Company and developer of the award-winning NeverLost in-car GPS system, and Magellan, a leader of innovative GPS devices and content services for vehicles, fitness, outdoor and mobile navigation, announce the selection of Magellan as the exclusive manufacturer for the NeverLost 6 platform, Hertz’s next generation of connected services, which will be integrated into Hertz vehicles in 2014.

The NeverLost 6 platform features include:

  • ARM Cortex-A9 architecture with quad cores running at 1.0GHz
  • 5.7″, 4:3 square aspect ratio, high resolution, brightness and contrast TFT display
  • GSM and GPRS protocol stack with 3G release 4 compliant technology
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity module
  • GPS module built upon the SiRFstarIV™ architecture
  • A number of other off board components such as Keypad, LCD, camera module, Accelerometers and Gyros sensor board and etc. will connect through a flex cable

 

“As a long-time partner and a pioneer in the automotive navigation industry, Magellan was a logical choice for the Hertz NeverLost 6 platform,” commented Roger Stevens, president, Navigation Solutions. “Hertz prides itself on being the fastest and easiest car rental company and NeverLost is key to Hertz offering its customers flexible mobility solutions. Rental customers want useful navigation content, and popular travel services. Magellan’s SmartGPS Eco offers the right combination of relevant content and integration capabilities with the NeverLost 6 platform.”

In addition, Navigation Solutions has selected Magellan’s SmartGPS Eco for integration in Hertz vehicles in 2014. The Magellan SmartGPS Eco is the latest advancement in Magellan’s cloud based connected car services that delivers content saving drivers time and money, provide safer navigation and keep them informed with location and social content.

The Magellan SmartGPS Eco is a cloud based platform aggregating location and social content. It leverages the cloud for location intelligence, and personalization. Drivers can choose the content they want, and it is all displayed simultaneously in a standard HMI.

“Navigation Solutions is the GPS innovation leader in the rental car industry. Magellan is delighted to continue our long standing partnership with Navigation Solutions for the Hertz NeverLost program,” said Peggy Fong, president of MiTAC Digital Corporation. “We are proud to have Hertz NeverLost as a customer for the launch of our SmartGPS Eco services. The SmartGPS Eco aggregates unlimited content, which is then personalized based on driver preferences and location. Each driver gets the right content, at the right place, at the right time.”

Source: Magellan

Aeris Communications Announces European Expansion, Becoming First M2M Service Provider Offering an End-to-End Solution for Any Geography, Any Wireless Technology

Eyetrak Selects Aeris for M2M Services
Aeris Opens Office in UK to Serve the European Market

January 14, 2014Aeris Communications, the Made for Machines™ technology and service provider, today announced that it has extended the integration of its award-winning M2M infrastructure to mobile operators with coverage in more than 190 countries. With this deep technology integration, Aeris will offer unmatched M2M functionality across any cellular wireless technology, enabling North American and European companies, like Eyetrak, to seamlessly expand on a global scale through a unified platform, a single set of APIs, and with the deepest operational visibility.

Historically, options for global M2M rollouts have involved difficult trade-offs. Choosing a single provider limits choices, increases provider lock-in and restricts the ability to pick different wireless technologies across regions. For instance, a customer may want a GSM-based solution internationally, but CDMA in North America due to cost and longevity considerations. Until now, companies had to sign contracts with different service providers across many regions, which led to added operational costs due to multiple management interfaces, troubleshooting complexity and potentially inconsistent service-level agreements.

Aeris now emerges as the first and only M2M service provider to deliver a global M2M solution without compromises. For more than a decade in North America, Aeris’ machine-optimized and patented AerCore™ M2M network, AerPort™ connectivity platform, and AerCloud™ application platform have provided customers with unparalleled flexibility, industry leading reliability, and the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO). With the integration of these unique capabilities into a large global network of operators, Aeris reinforces its position as the M2M service provider of choice for leading automotive, fleet and healthcare customers, offering a single platform that enables unrivaled adaptability and TCO reduction in any geography and across any wireless technology. Aeris will maintain complete control of the underlying carrier used within each country or region, offering full flexibility for customers with multi-country deployments.

“Enterprises want control of their M2M deployments without the cost and complexity of managing multiple carrier relationships. And they want access to the most cost-effective options for their business – without external limitations imposed by the communications sector,” said Sheridan Nye, Senior Analyst at Informa Telecoms and Media. “With this announcement, Aeris gains network reach and scale to facilitate customers’ expansion across key regions of Europe and North America. Aeris’ common platform, its ownership of the core network, and access to multiple radio access networks (RAN) give customers a range of options. Enterprises will increasingly prioritize such flexibility to quickly extend digital processes into new territories, and to seize on revenue opportunities.”

“With our unique, full stack M2M solutions, we can offer our global customers an unprecedented level of support, coverage and technology versatility,” said Mohsen Mohseninia, vice president of market development for Europe, at Aeris. “In particular, we can better meet the ever-changing needs of customers like Eyetrak, who have been faced with inflexibility, high tariffs, and slow-moving, rigid mobile network operators. Aeris is the only company in the M2M space delivering a flexible, global solution, spanning from network to application.”

Eyetrak chose Aeris as its M2M service provider for markets throughout Europe. Aeris’ award-winning M2M service will allow Eyetrak to enable new devices at lower cost and with higher quality and better coverage. Additionally, Aeris’ unique Global SIM enables Eyetrak to seamlessly expand its services to additional countries with ease and simplicity.

“We chose to work with Aeris because of its ability to deliver an excellent connectivity service for our vehicle solutions,” said Andrew Phipps, Eyetrak CEO. “At Eyetrak, we strive to offer our customers the very best in vehicle tracking, fleet management, route planning and job dispatch services. With Aeris, we have the right partner to enable continued strong growth.”

By working with Aeris, Eyetrak will benefit from greater reliability and functionality as well as a much lower TCO for global M2M deployment. Through real-time, intelligent alerts and remote troubleshooting across the network, devices and applications, Eyetrak will be given unprecedented control of its M2M solutions, such as the ability to block rogue devices and easily change rate plans. Aeris’ easy-to-integrate API’s and fast device certification allow devices to work immediately and reliably, without any additional effort required from the customer.

Source: Aeris

Telit launches automotive M2M modules

Telit Wireless Solutions, a global provider of high-quality machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions, products and services, today announced two modules are to be added to its lineup of automotive grade products. Both products are part of the company’s popular xE910 product family. The GE910-QUAD AUTO becomes the company’s top recommended quad-band GSM/GPRS Class-10 product for Automotive and Telematics integrators and OEMs starting or upgrading designs going forward. The UE910-EU V2 AUTO is a new and hardened variant of the dual-band UE910 V2 series designed for use in the most demanding automotive applications, delivering a downlink speed of up to 3.6 Mbps and uplink of up to 384 Kbps. Both products are based on market’s latest release chipsets and slated for long-term availability protecting OEM’s and Integrator’s design investments. The company is introducing these products from its booth A15-A16 at Telematics Munich 2013, Europe’s largest business conference and exhibition for the connected car industry.

The products include a 3GPP TS26.267 compliant in-band modem according to the eCall EU directive, leveraging Telit’s expertise in audio processing and tuning, accessible via a wide set of dedicated AT commands. The modules are developed and manufactured under ISO TS16949 quality specifications meeting or exceeding supply chain requirements from OEM automotive. The GE910-QUAD AUTO and UE910-EU V2 AUTO are ideal platforms for all embedded mobile data applications in the line-fitted automotive, telematics, fleet and logistics management segments.

Targeted at applications requiring or benefitting from global coverage, the 850/900/1800/1900MHz quad-band GSM/GPRS engine in the GE910-QUAD AUTO is voice-capable supporting both analog and digital interfaces. Powered by an ARM11 processor core, designs integrating the GE910-QUAD AUTO can eliminate the need for an application processor, running the automotive or telematics application directly over the embedded Python Script Interpreter. The module delivers GPRS class 10, 3GPP Release 4 compliant data communications and is equipped with a full-speed USB 2.0 interface and ten 1.8V I/O ports. The product is also offered with an optional factory-mounted SIM chip from m2mAIR which provides additional remote diagnostics and control functionalities for the deployed application while eliminating the need for an external SIM card holder, generating additional BOM cost savings and improving overall ruggedness. For information on Telit’s services business unit, m2mAIR and the SIM chip, visit www.m2mair.com

The UE910-EU V2 AUTO is designed specifically for European automotive and telematics applications leveraging dual-band UMTS/HSDPA 900/2100MHz and 900/1800MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE. It is voice-capable, also supporting both analog and digital interfaces. The module is equipped with a high-speed USB 2.0 interface, UART port, ten 1.8V I/O ports and an ADC converter. Upcoming support for Java J2ME makes the UE910-EU V2 AUTO ideal for projects requiring an embedded application framework.

“With introduction of the GE910-QUAD AUTO and UE910-EU V2 AUTO, Telit is again making a clear statement of commitment to the automotive market,” said Felix Marchal, Chief Product Officer at Telit Wireless Solutions. “This rollout brings our automotive portfolio to top standing in the industry with five models ranging from 2G to 4G in various sizes and mounting technologies.”

The xE910 form factor family protects investments by offering complete pin-to-pin compatibility among companion products in GSM/GPRS, UMTS/HSPA, HSPA+, CDMA 1xRTT, EV-DO and LTE, with and without embedded GNSS capabilities. For more information about the xE910 family of modules and other Telit products, visit www.telit.com.

With over a decade of exclusive focus on M2M, reducing technical risk and shortening time to market for OEMs and integrators, Telit is the industry’s ONE STOP. ONE SHOP. We leverage M2M’s broadest portfolio in cellular, short range and positioning technologies paired with m2mAIR services covering application enablement as well as mobile network and internet/cloud sides of connectivity. Telit products and services are delivered with global support and logistics exceeding exacting requirements from customers large and small. Now innovate!

Source: Telit

Intelligent efficiency: Turning data and energy efficiency into valuable assets

In the past, it has been all too easy to think of energy efficiency as a chore, a marginal ‘upgrade’ to existing infrastructure or processes that may save a bit on utility bills in the long run – and a few tons of CO2 or gallons of water for the environment too, says Craig Anderson

 

A recent paper by sustainability and energy efficiency research group GreenTech Media astutely noted that: “All around us, embedded in every commercial building, manufacturing facility and corporate campus, is a vast, untapped energy resource: efficiency.”

If we look at it this way, energy efficiency is a potential revenue stream of sorts – an underused asset that can be exploited to improve business performance and reduce unnecessary waste. You might put your coins in a pocket with a hole in it for a while, thinking it would be too expensive and time consuming to fix it, hoping not too much would fall out. But what if you were offered a repair that not only stopped the loss but actually added more coins to your pocket afterwards?

As long ago as 2012, the World Economic Forum came to the conclusion that data was a new class of economic asset, like currency or gold . For energy efficiency, data is the means to tap into the savings – it is the thread to sew up the hole through which waste is lost.

The internet age has brought data to everyone’s doorstep, desktop and – via smartphones – pocket too. With internet banking any account holder can get an instant breakdown of what they spend their wages on each month; comparison sites let us save ten pence a year on our phone lines with a few clicks; online shops let us spend hundreds even faster.

Despite its name and purpose, energy efficiency was not traditionally very efficient. Replacing all the light bulbs or toilet flushes was a blanket approach that was certain to achieve some savings, but did not target its efforts or costs compared against the benefits.

This is where data is the key, and where the idea of intelligent efficiency shines: with an accurate picture of where the greatest inefficiencies are, or where the easiest ‘wins’ can be found, efficiency-improving measures can be accurately focused to achieve the greatest returns on investment. With the technology now available to easily gather data on anything, anywhere, it is possible to see exactly how to most efficiently implement efficiency measures.

What is needed, then, is to find the easiest way of gathering the necessary data to make intelligent efficiency a practical, affordable reality. In the past, a similar ‘blanket’ approach was often used with data gathering technology – a large off-the-shelf or badly-tailored system would be offered or specified that would get the job done, but required a disproportionate investment of time, effort and often disruption to normal business operations.

A large up-front cost with obvious inefficiencies built in, and the common prospect of extra expenses for ‘customisation’ to come, has proven a quick way to have many an efficiency project die on the drawing board. When a substantial proportion of that cost is for ancillary aspects such as wiring and installation, it is often even harder to justify.

Modern technology and innovative thinking have, however, led to the development of far more flexible propositions. Advances in battery technology allow stand-alone devices to run for months or years without requiring any sort of ‘hard’ installation, and wireless technologies now allow stable, remote data transfer via several communication pathways.

Network solutions can be efficiently scaled almost infinitely, from a single data source to thousands of monitoring streams. With UHF/VHF radio, GSM/GPRS, SMS, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and PSTN working in conjunction, a modular system can be perfectly tailored to suit any installation environment for the most efficient combination of initial and ongoing cost.

To put these principles into context: using the right equipment, tiny, battery powered sensors can be easily installed to monitor everything from electricity, gas and water meters to heat, humidity and CO2 levels in a single room. Using the right choice of telecommunication format, this data can be gathered instantly, wirelessly, and seamlessly, then viewed and analysed on a computer or smartphone screen anywhere in the world.

For example, a common set up uses UHF/VHF transmitters on local sensors within a building , which transmit their data at no ongoing cost to an on-site, centrally-located ‘data concentrator’. This collects all the local information and sends it on as a condensed packet to a secure web server via landline for minimal data transfer costs. This not only saves on the ongoing expenditure, but also massively reduces the amount of wiring necessary to monitor potentially hundreds of points. Such a setup could also incorporate extra sensors using GPRS for outlying areas beyond the range of radio, seamlessly integrating their readings into the data stream.

Once safely on a secure web server, users and software packages can utilise historical data, calculated projections and correlated comparisons to see, immediately, where the biggest, fastest and most effective efficiency savings can be made. All this is possible without any great cost of setting up the data-gathering infrastructure, thanks to advanced wireless communications and modern battery technology.

This means that anyone, anywhere – from a single business premises to a national utility supplier – can gather and make use of the data they need, when, where and how it suits them. Flexibility, adaptability and modularity are the keys to the future of intelligent efficiency; they allow the principles to be put into practice in the most efficient way possible.

Source: Caroline Smith  HWM Water

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cellular technology crucial to powering smart meter roll-outs and connected homes

A new report commissioned by Telefónica Digital determines that cellular, supplemented with small-scale RF mesh networking, is the best option for connecting smart meters

The global and open nature of cellular smart meter systems creates opportunities to  build connected, innovative home services on top of the platform

Cellular technologies, and not closed-off proprietary solutions, are the best solution for connecting smart meter systems across the world according to a new report from the Centre for Communication Systems Research at the University of Surrey.

 

The report is available to download here.

 

The report shows that a combination of cellular and mesh represents the ideal communications technology for smart meter deployments. Cellular is a proven, open, standards-based technology that is ready to support the needs of smart meters without requiring additional infrastructure.

 

Cellular future-proofs the smart home

The new research paper found that cellular technology will future proof smart meters – the cornerstone and the communications hub of the connected home – enabling smart grid, smart home and e-health revolutions, all currently in their infancy. The university report, commissioned by Telefónica Digital, found that the clear roadmap and continued development of cellular will support the smart meter as the technology continues to evolve to focus on high-speed capabilities, rich data services and an expansive coverage footprint.

 

The connected home market will reach $101bn (Visiongain) by the end of 2013 offering enormous economic opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs building connected services. The open, global standards-based nature of cellular technologies means services and products can be easily built on top of smart meter systems and rolled out globally with new smart meter deployments. Whereas proprietary systems limit innovation as smart home products cannot be rolled out effectively worldwide because they have to be re-engineered to support different systems and standards.

 

Smart meter connectivity

The Surrey University research found that cellular provides the best breadth of coverage and commercial viability to connecting smart meters. Cellular coverage is well-established and extends to the majority of the habited world. For the remaining population, the report recommends mesh technology supplements cellular, providing coverage in more remote areas and hard to reach spaces.

 

The report also outlines the following benefits of cellular technologies in rolling-out smart meter systems:

 

  • Global standard – cellular technology has high scalability with more than five billion connections worldwide and is based on Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) meaning global inter-operability
  • Affordable cost – the connectivity cost is decreasing continuously and the cellular solution is commercially cost effective through global economies of scale
  • Real-time communications – average latency in the milliseconds
  • Trusted technology – the mobile cellular business has a deep understanding of security, information privacy, quality of service and overall experience. Cellular technology is trusted by government and finance sectors
  • Customer experience – cellular operators have rich heritage in understanding  customers’ needs and  bring more than 27 years of experience dealing with people and businesses

 

UK Government backing

Cellular was recently validated further when the UK Government selected the technology solution to deliver the majority of its smart meter roll-out across the country. Telefónica UK was awarded two out of the three communications service provider lots within the overall UK Smart Meter Implementation Programme (SMIP) tender. The initiative is the world’s most ambitious smart meter roll-out which will see over 53m gas and electricity smart meters installed across the UK by 2020.

 

Smart meters are key for managing energy systems more efficiently in the future and providing new information and services to consumers which reduce costs and carbon emissions. The £11bn UK smart meter programme is expected to deliver a net benefit to the UK of £6.7bn through reduced energy consumption and more efficient management and deployment of energy across the country. It is estimated that a smart meter enabled industry could save 2bn tonnes of Co2 a year in 2020 (source: Smart 2020: enabling the low carbon economy in the information Age).

 

About the research

The research was undertaken by Professor Rahim Tafazolli. He  is  the  Director  of  the  Centre  for  Communications  Systems  Research  (CCSR)  and  5G Innovation  Centre  (5GIC),  Faculty  of  Engineering  and  Physical  Sciences,  The  University  of Surrey in the UK.

 

He has published more than 500 research papers in refereed journals, international conferences and as invited speaker.  He is the editor of two books on “Technologies for Wireless Future” published by Wiley’s Vol.1in 2004 and Vol.2 2006. He is currently chairman of EU Net!Works Technology Platform Expert Group, board member of the UK Future Internet Strategy Group (UK-FISG).

 

He was the lead academic on IoT UK Strategic Research, Development and Innovation Agenda, a study jointly sponsored by TSB and RCUK (EPSRC, AHRC and ESRC).

 

Recently, with his team, he actively contributed to the Machine Type Communication to 3GPP RAN1 Technical Report (TR36.888).

 

He was appointed as Fellow of WWRF (Wireless World Research Forum) in April 2011, in recognition  of  his  personal  contribution  to  the  wireless  world.

Source: Telefonica

 

Co-Star see significant increase in sales for M2M applications

Co-Star the UK based Global supplier of Mobile Communications equipment have experienced a huge increase in sales of Antennas and RF cable assemblies for M2M (machine-to-machine) applications.

The Antennas and RF cable assemblies are designed to maximise the signal strength and improve the performance of mobile devices that contain mobile phone style SIM cards to transmit  data and control equipment remotely using global cellular networks including GSM & 4G.

Tim Cosgrove of Co-Star commented: ” We have been working flat out manufacturing RF cable assemblies for M2M applications over the last twelve months to keep up with the demand, we are able to make a diverse range of cables using  high quality low  loss RG58 coaxial cable with connectors including FME, SMA, TNC and N type  to our customers specification and offer very fast turnaround times, we have received orders from all over the World.

An M2M company based in Australia recently approached us to work on a project for a Wine company who needed Antennas and Cables to  control sprinklers on a vine yard remotely. The area covered hundreds of miles and the technology allowed the owners of the vine yard to monitor the weather forecast and react quickly to changes in weather conditions helping them to protect the vines and maximise the yield”.

Co-Star have  also seen a substantial growth in sales  of multiband Antennas that work across global cellular networks  and are used for M2M applications including Smart Meters, Vending Machines and remote advertising systems.

M2M has helped companies from all industry sectors to become more  efficient, responsive and accurate.

Source: Co-Star