At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain this week, Sierra Wireless (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) is exhibiting several new features of its platform for embedded machine-to-machine application development, including a new third-party library, an integrated debugger, and a new user interface for remote device management.
Sierra "AirPrime" modules are designed to support a complete embedded application framework for M2M application development. Remote management is also supported thanks to AirPrime Management Services, a set of device management capabilities.
A recent enhancement unveiled at the show is the WirelessIDEA library developed by Aplix Corporation, which allows developers using Sierra Wireless modules to write their M2M applications in Java.
Sierra Wireless is also introducing a new user interface for its AirPrime Management Services. Based on the AirVantage Services Platform, this cloud-based solution enables manufacturers (or their service provider customers) to remotely monitor and upgrade AirPrime devices in the field through a web portal. The new user interface includes the ability to create dashboards in order to monitor key parameters and communication traffic of a group of devices, to configure them, and to remotely send AT commands. It also performs remote upgrade campaigns through a secure patch mechanism.
According to Didier Dutronc, Senior Vice President and General Manager, M2M Embedded Solutions for Sierra Wireless, the install base of wireless-enabled machines powered by the Sierra Open AT operating system now counts several million devices.