Cinterion has launched an M2M module based on Intel technology that can be used through so-called ‘plug and play’ installation in a range of industrial devices.
Owned by Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands), the module maker says the new product is the first it has launched to use the miniPCIe form factor, which should help partners to speed the launch of M2M applications and reduce deployment costs.
The module includes cellular connectivity and will allow devices such as vending machines to send inventory and status updates, notifying supervisors when items need replenishing or deliveries can be postponed.
“Cinterion’s ability to provide cost-efficient, M2M-grade solutions to the wide variety of Intel-based systems is an important part of helping our … partners embrace M2M solutions,” said Helmut Vogler, the vice president and general manager of mobile and wireless sales for Intel Corporation (Santa Clara, USA). “Cinterion … understands what the M2M market needs and is an important strategic partner to help us address industrial wireless technology.”
Cinterion (Munich, Germany) says the new module is ‘ruggedized’ for extreme industrial environments, meaning it can be used reliably in machines that are placed outdoors in freezing conditions or in industrial facilities without heating and cooling systems.
It can also be customized, on request, to include soldered Machine Identification Modules (MIM) for improved security.
“The Cinterion M2M miniPCIe is a new product family specifically designed to address customers using Intel processors who want to deploy seamlessly connected intelligent systems,” said Norbert Muhrer, the senior vice president of Cinterion’s M2M segment. “By providing the easiest way to connect industrial systems to cloud services, Cinterion is supporting a new breed of enterprise smart services for the future.”