Information Technology leader Digicom SpA to integrate Telit M2M modules and optimize meter reading for gas, LPG and water.
Telit Wireless Solutions, a leading global vendor of high-quality machine-to-machine (M2M) modules and value-added services, today announced that its M2M modules have been selected by Digicom SpA, a company specialized in the design and production of telecommunications and networking solutions, to optimize the operation of T-LOG, a meter reading device for gas, LPG, and water.
Digicom adopted Telit’s ATEX certified variant of the GE864-QUAD module to integrate it into T-LOG, the company’s leading solution for remote control and telemetry applications for gas, LPG and water. The device measures consumption pulses from meters through pulse-receivers and an 868MHz radio transceiver and sends the data via SMS, GSM/GPRS or TCP/IP connection. It can read directly up to 2 counters equipped with pulse emitters and can be configured and managed completely remotely to guarantee maximum flexibility and investment savings. The configuration of data transmission can be set from daily to monthly with readings stored into local memory. Thanks to special connectors for level gauge and counters, the T-LOG can be very easily installed and used.
Gateway functionality is provided by Telit’s GE864-QUAD ATEX, the extra-rugged member of the GE864 product family which incorporates quad-band functionality, RoHS compliance, as well as low power consumption. Integration of the GE864-QUAD ATEX, a module meeting the stringent requirements of Europe’s ATEX directive, was necessary because of use in potentially explosive environments where Digicom’s products operate. ATEX, a European directive on equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (94/9/EC) was enacted March 1st 1996 and is also referred to as the ATEX Directive (ATmospheres EXplosibles) or “ATEX 95”.
Application of the GE864-QUAD ATEX to Digicom’s T-LOG is expected to reduce consumption by 20%, due to higher reliability and an increase in connection stability estimated at 30%. The GE864-QUAD ATEX module allows more accurate billing from real-time consumption information, reduction in delays for notification of anomalies, and significant cost savings in maintenance personnel.
Telit technology, together with Digicom’s knowhow provide optimized management of meter reading and “smart” control of consumption, particularly important when considering the criticality of avoiding water waste. As water is a key driver of economic and social development and maintains the integrity of the natural environment, a coordinated action that includes the interests of diverse stakeholders is needed, as the deployment of smart water meters.
Dominikus Hierl, Chief Marketing Officer at Telit Wireless Solutions, explains:
“The smart metering sector is one of our core strategic markets from where we are seeing very high demand for M2M solutions. We are delighted that, with our GE864-QUAD ATEX module, we are able to make an important contribution to help solution providers such as Digicom create and manage their M2M applications reducing total-cost-of-ownership (TCO) while ensuring highest quality and reliability.”
The adopted Telit module belongs to the GE864 family of quad-band GSM/GPRS products. Due to its small size (30x30x3mm), reliability, and efficiency, it is ideally suited for use in large scale telemetry and telematics applications, data transfer terminals, and in remote maintenance and surveillance. The module operates in an extended temperature range from -40°C to +85°C and is equipped with a powerful, energy-efficient processor.
Industry’s only pure-play m2m, Telit creates value by partnering with customers to provide expert guidance and support from concept development through to manufacturing quickly bringing ideas to market in all application areas including the new “smart” space. With service enhanced products in cellular, short-range, and satellite-navigation easily bundled through high-level software interfaces, Telit-powered m2m devices cost less to integrate, maintain, operate, and update with lower price points for bundled products and savings translating into competitive advantage at the time of sale and throughout the operating life of the customer device.
Founded in 1977 and specialized in the design, manufacture and sale of products and solutions in the telecommunications industry, Digicom is among the most important players in the Information Technology market. The company’s solutions aim at emerging technologies such as 2G/3G IP communications, VoIP. The main added value, provided in standard solutions and OEM, consists in the design activity at the laboratory of Research and Development of Cardano al Campo. Digicom is involved with the most reliable national and international companies as a technology partner in major projects for the development of products/solutions in the Telemetry utilities, Automotive, Lift. The company is ISO 9001 certified since 1992 and Vision 2000 since 2003. The production processes are certified ATEX and Automotive.
Telit Wireless Solutions and m2mAIR are brands of Telit Communications PLC (AIM: TCM), an enabler of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications worldwide providing wireless module technology enhanced by managed and value added services, including connectivity. Exclusively dedicated to M2M for over 12 years and constantly advancing technological leadership from six R&D centers around the globe, Telit offers an extensive portfolio of quality cellular, short-range, and GNSS modules, available in over 80 countries. By supplying business scalable products interchangeable across families, technologies, and generations, Telit is able to keep development costs low and uniquely protect customers’ design investments.
Value added services from m2mAIR combine solutions for module, SIM, and subscription management with M2M connectivity, delivering business value through enhanced network performance, cost control, security, and troubleshooting. Addressing the critical element of cost-control in m2m integrations, m2mAIR offers an innovative business approach which transforms cost of connectivity into a bill-of-material (BOM) component. Further information on these services can be found at http://www.m2mAIR.com
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