On Tuesday at CTIA Wireless , Cinterion, a global provider of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication services, announced that its PHS8 module has been integrated into a 4G M2M router produced by BrightSKY, a health product specialist. The BrightSKY product is designed for both industrial and residential applications in a miniaturized, plug-in form factor. Leveraging Cinterion’s modules, “simplify” provides simultaneous high-speed data and voice communications for up to 32 WiFi-enabled devices.
The Cinterion PHS8 module is small enough for simpliFi’s power socket form factor - the router plugs into a wall outlet and it’s ready to use. Cinterion’s HSPA+ 4G technology provides the broadband speed and bandwidth necessary for simultaneous voice and WiFi connectivity for multiple devices.
Bluetooth-enabled devices can also be connected, allowing for example, medical devices to send caregivers crucial data in real time, smart meters to transmit important information to utility companies, or cordless home phones to be used for both voice calls and data communications over mobile networks. For devices without WiFi, the product includes USB and LAN interfaces to provide cellular connectivity, says Cinterion (Munich, Germany).
“SimpliFi combines Cinterion’s M2M-grade 4G performance and security with consumer simplicity,” said Paul Kobos, senior vice president sales NORAM, Cinterion. “4G networks are quickly rolling out around the world and BrightSKY’s easy-to-use simpliFi router offers a solution to our modern hunger for wireless high-speed connectivity, especially in rural and developing areas that lack traditional infrastructure.”
“There are millions of connected devices today that lack wireless capabilities, relying only on WiFi or DSL for connectivity - from laptops to tablets to medical devices and more,” said Mark Hedstrom, president, BrightSKY, “Our simpliFi device, powered by Cinterion’s HSPA+ technology, provides true ‘plug-n-play’ 4G cellular connectivity for both wired and WiFi devices requiring a broadband connection."
In addition to 4G HSPA+, the Cinterion PHS8 module offers five band UMTS and quad-band GSM functionality for global connectivity. Flexible Land Grid Array (LGA) surface mounting simplifies process manufacturing and reduces waste for improved cost efficiency.