Multi-Tech Systems Announces First-Ever M2M-Quality Cellular USB Dongle

MultiTech Systems

The QuickCarrier™ USB-D will revolutionize the integration of cellular M2M.

Multi-Tech Systems announces the QuickCarrier™ USB-D, the first cellular USB dongle specifically designed and built for M2M (machine-to-machine) communications applications. In stark contrast to consumer-type cellular dongles that can provide unreliable connectivity and often require frequent design or software changes, the carrier-approved QuickCarrier USB-D modem delivers stability and reliability, yet meets the need for quick deployments.

Many companies in the midst of deciding how to enable a connected product start with what they know as a consumer. Dongle-type modems are chosen because they are easy to integrate and are often given to companies at no charge as an incentive to activate a solution on a cellular network. These dongles are not meant for use in M2M applications.

Don Miller, Senior Product Manager, Multi-Tech Systems, said:

“Low-cost or even no-cost dongles don’t really reflect the true costs of this type of solution for M2M.”

“There’s a constant need to drive down costs and adapt technologies for the consumer market, which initiates redesigns and other changes. And that’s fine for consumers who are buying and using one device. But when companies are deploying hundreds of devices over time, things like a driver update can be problematic, causing service calls or re-work. The QuickCarrier USB-D fills a huge gap in the market; our customers and partners are extremely excited about this.”

QuickCarrier USB-DTruly, a cellular dongle designed for M2M use, the QuickCarrier USB-D is rugged, built for long life, delivers reliable data connectivity and allows customers to easily connect their devices to the internet. The QuickCarrier USB-D offers 3G HSPA+ and EV-DO cellular technologies, an internal antenna, short message service (SMS), drivers for both Windows and Linux, AT command compatibility and pre-certification by major regulatory agencies. The AT&T and Verizon approved models will be available first; Aeris and Sprint models will be available in early 2014.

“The real question now is if a company can really afford a free cellular USB modem,”
adds Miller.

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