ProductsM2MGate Network

Background

If it is necessary to communicate with devices, plants or machinery over long distances, this is still typically done using conventional GSM modems and point-to-point connections. In order to interrogate the data, the server initiates a dial-up connection with a remote modem connected to the plant and a program is run on the server to transfer the data by e-mail, fax, SMS (text message) or phone call. In the case of an alarm at the plant, the remote modem initiates a dial-up connection back to the server. This conventional technology has several disadvantages. For example, it is too expensive to maintain a permanent connection to the remote plant, it is not possible to interrogate several pieces of machinery in parallel and simultaneous remote access of several persons to the same equipment is also not possible. M2MGate Network from INSIDE M2M solves all of these problems.

M2MGate Network

M2MGate Network is a communication framework which is based on GPRS and solves the above-mentioned problems. It is programmed in platform-independent Java technology and is an in-house development by INSIDE M2M GmbH.

The instrumentation and control parameters of the remote equipment are sent to a server using a GPRS modem and made available as network services which can be accessed by several clients simultaneously. By using GPRS-data transfer, costs originate only for the really transferred data amount, not for the online time. This is the key to be „always online“.

Software components

The application consists of the components M2MGate DeviceServer (gateway software on the GPRS terminal) and M2MGate Server (communication gateway on the server). As an option, you can extend M2MGate Network with M2MGate Portal, which is a web-based control and monitoring portal in the Internet/Intranet. It is individually programmed for each customer and makes it easy to access device or process data from any internet-connected computer, tablet or smartphone.

Further advantages

  • The use of GPRS means that you only pay for the actual data quantity transferred, and not for the time that you are connected to the remote equipment. This is a key factor to being „always online“.
  • Data is only transferred following predefined changes of the instrumentation or control parameters. This considerably reduces the quantity of data to be transferred.
  • If the network connection is interrupted (e.g. mobile communications has a dead spot), the data can be buffered and transferred later when the network connection is restored.
  • New services can be installed in the system while it is still running.