Opto 22, a developer and manufacturer of hardware and software for industrial automation, remote monitoring, enterprise data acquisition and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, has announced the integration of the Sony Ericsson GT48 control terminal with Opto 22's OptoGSM I/O hardware, resulting in an improved, lower-cost, and more flexible wireless system for M2M applications.
The new Sony Ericsson version of Opto 22's OptoGSM I/O provides an inexpensive, off-the-shelf M2M solution for customers seeking to monitor, control and acquire operational data from enterprise machines, systems and equipment. The hardware's compact design, low cost and multiple input/output options make it ideal for monitoring facilities or areas with low I/O point counts. Applications can include monitoring, alarming and messaging of temperature, pressure, tank levels and other variables, as well as status and on/off control for lights, motors, generators and other remote equipment.
Using a combination of industry standard, G4-footprint, plug-in digital I/O modules, together with built-in analog I/O functionality and an embedded wireless communications radio, OptoGSM I/O provides connectivity to physical business assets and transmits machine or environmental data over any Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) cellular network.
The Sony Ericsson GT48 is a GSM/GPRS control terminal designed to provide wireless connectivity for M2M applications. However, unlike most wireless telemetry modules, radios, modems and other components that merely provide a means of communicating over cellular networks, the GT48 is an intelligent device that can be configured to independently perform control and alarming functions using a built-in scripting engine. This means the GT48 can be programmed to, among other things, execute business logic and communicate with the connected asset intuitively, thus enabling users to add monitoring, messaging, and local control functions as needed. The result is a more customized, efficient, and cost-effective M2M application.