M2M Connectivity unveils new asset-tracking modem

Australian M2M device maker M2M Connectivity has taken the wraps off a new satellite data modem aimed at the asset-tracking market.

Its Quake Q-Pro modem is designed to support tracking and data services on cellular and satellite technology, and operates on the Inmarsat-4 satellite constellation.

M2M Connectivity (Melbourne, Australia) says the Quake Q-Pro modem will support two-way data messaging over Inmarsat’s (London, UK) IsatData Pro network and using terrestrial cellular technology.

The modem is also equipped with an “advanced 50-channel GPS system”, says the company, and will allow developers and integrators to select a variety of power options.

After being configured for IsatData Pro, the modem is also said to be capable of downloading near real-time messages of up to 10,000 bytes to any device, and of sending up to 6,400 bytes from the device.

M2M Connectivity claims that the increase in data packet size and transmission speed will meet customer needs for higher data capacity and reduced latency in M2M solutions.

A “turnkey application” also allows users to configure the modem through a series of interactive menus, says the company.

In addition, the modem includes an application programming interface that lets developers build “customized onboard applications”.

“Quake is ideally placed to deliver the benefits of the IsatData Pro service to the asset tracking market,” said Drew Brandy, the director of land services at Inmarsat. “We look forward to seeing the launch of the Q-Pro and introducing new customers to the reliability and global reach of the Inmarsat-4s.”

According to M2M Connectivity, samples of the Q-Pro that work on GSM cellular networks are already available.

The company plans to introduce a version compatible with 3G technology by the second quarter of 2014.