Hardware company Telit has unveiled a device it describes as the market’s smallest cellular M2M module.
The so-called GE866-QUAD works in a variety of GSM spectrum bands and is targeted specifically at the “wearable” technology segment, which includes products such as Google Glass, the internet giant’s high-profile augmented-reality spectacles.
However, Telit (London, UK) is keen to point out that the GE866-QUAD also addresses the needs of companies in a variety of other sectors, including smart metering, mobile POS terminals, mobile health, alarm paneling and size-constrained telematics applications.
“The launch of the GE866-QUAD puts Telit in the lead of M2M miniaturization in two pivotal areas: cellular modules and positioning – which we have led since the launch of the SE880 GPS receiver in 2012,” said Dominikus Hierl, chief marketing officer at Telit. “It also marks the first time the new technology of Conformal Coating is used in our cellular modules, which makes them substantially stronger, more environmentally robust and lighter.”
Hierl reckons the size and functionality of the new module could enable “whole new classes of applications in verticals we don’t even imagine at this point”.
Telit says the module is capable of running customer applications internally without the need for additional electronics and measures about half the size of a standard SIM card.