Sierra Wireless has added new machine-to-machine (M2M) module to its AirPrime HL Series of embedded wireless modules for wide range of wireless machine control/tracking applications. The new AirPrime HL modules supporting satellite navigation measures 22 x 23 mm in size and is also completely interchangeable across 2G, 3G, and 4G technologies. These devices can operate in different regions, across multiple network technologies.
AirPrime HL Series can be soldered to a PCB or any such board for efficient high-volume production. Sierra wireless is also supporting the manufacturers by offering a socket Matching this device form factor which can be soldered to the board. Users can plug in the module to the socket at later stage of usage. With both the snap-in and solder-down options, manufacturers can leverage one design for their 2G, 3G, and 4G deployments, simply by changing the module installed in production.
The users of this model can upgrade the firmware using cloud-based M2M platform from Sierra Wireless, called AirVantage Management Service.
The AirPrime HL Series is designed for applications such as PoS, smart grid, and fleet management or tracking, with GNSS (GPS and GLONASS) included. Samples of the first product in the series, called the HL6528 (2G), are available now with commercial shipments expected to begin in the first quarter of 2014. Samples of the HL8548 (3G) are expected to be available in the first quarter, with commercial shipments expected in mid-2014.