Comprehensive M2M cloud platform now simplifies connection to industrial
control systems, enabling new revenue-producing services and reducing
VANCOUVER, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR; TSX: SW) today
announced the availability of Sierra Wireless AirVantage™ Smart
Automation, an extension to the company's AirVantage cloud platform for
machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. AirVantage Smart Automation
simplifies the connection to industrial equipment and the creation of
embedded business logic without programming. Combined with
pre-configured AirLink™ intelligent gateways, Sierra Wireless provides
a complete end-to-end solution for industrial M2M applications. This
solution enables equipment manufacturers and service providers to
rapidly create and deploy new services and offerings for their
customers, such as tiered monitoring and maintenance, demand response
applications, and time- or location-based equipment usage pricing
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, is using
AirVantage Smart Automation to provide customized managed services for
its electric vehicle charging stations in the SAVE project1. "AirVantage Smart Automation allows us to provide customized service
packages and remote monitoring to charging station customers," said
Nicolas Descazeaud, Electric Vehicle Programme Director at Schneider
Electric. "We can tailor our services to meet unique customer
requirements and service level agreements while at the same time
managing our costs effectively."
The Sierra Wireless AirVantage Platform is a cloud platform that
facilitates comprehensive subscription, device and asset management
through a remote M2M application. The Smart Automation extension
integrates these capabilities with industrial control systems.
AirVantage Smart Automation makes it easy to set up custom business
logic to collect, sort, prioritize, send and store data without the
need for programming. Existing backend systems can be integrated or new
M2M applications can be implemented using standard web services APIs.
Features and benefits
AirVantage Smart Automation delivers numerous benefits to the M2M value
chain, including machine manufacturers, system integrators and service
and maintenance companies. Among the features and benefits:
Advanced application support: Deploy new services that reduce costs and increase system reliability.
An example is premium hourly system monitoring that provides more
accurate and sensitive monitoring for higher risk, higher value
Distributed application reliability: Distribute the application to the embedded communications client and
the server, which improves machine reliability by eliminating the need
for machine-level programming of the industrial components.
Rapid deployment: Create and deploy next-generation industrial applications quickly,
accelerating time-to-market for new services.
Remote application update: Install new industrial applications and upgrade existing applications
by simply updating the AirVantage Ready Agent logic, rather than
changing the industrial component's control logic, simplifying the
process required to meet specific customers' needs and reducing the
number of field service trips required.
Anytime, anywhere access: Give users access to information and controls on remote machines
anytime, from anywhere, increasing responsiveness and flexibility while
controlling operating costs.
Precise configuration: Reduce data transmission costs by configuring the system to send data
only when necessary, using AirVantage Smart Automation's local alarm
generation and data-filtering features.
Broad application opportunities
"AirVantage Smart Automation is an important step forward in
service-enabling industrial products over wireless networks," said
Emmanuel Walckenaer, Senior Vice President and General Manager,
Solutions and Services for Sierra Wireless. "It radically streamlines
application development, deployment and management. We believe that
AirVantage Smart Automation opens vast new areas of opportunity for
industrial M2M services in which machine manufacturers and service
providers can gain a competitive advantage."
AirVantage Smart Automation is ideal for a wide variety of market
segments, from oil and gas, to municipal water treatment, to green
power generation. For example, AirVantage Smart Automation makes it
simple to monitor turbidity and water pressure in a dynamic
environment, with the ability to change monitoring and control
parameters as needed and to proactively take corrective action when
thresholds are met, before a situation becomes critical.
Providers of solar, wind, hydro power, or oil and gas extraction and
distribution systems can reduce operations costs by using the remote
access capabilities in AirVantage Smart Automation to service equipment
at even small or very remote sites. Other revenue-generating and
cost-saving applications may be developed for mobile and geographically
diverse products and services, such as mobile air compressors, vending
machines and outdoor advertising.
Sierra Wireless AirVantage Platform
The Sierra Wireless AirVantage Platform is a secure, cloud platform that
enables M2M solution providers, system integrators and network
operators to rapidly develop, deploy, and operate M2M applications and
services. The AirVantage Platform includes comprehensive applications
to manage cellular subscriptions, communications devices and their
attached assets (such as components in machines, telemetric devices in
automobiles, and monitoring devices in a home or office); a powerful
set of M2M application development tools; and an open web services
application programming interface (API). The AirVantage Platform lets
wireless network operators extend operational self-support, application
development, and management capabilities to their M2M service
Sierra Wireless AirVantage Smart Automation
Sierra Wireless AirVantage Smart Automation connects industrial control
systems to the AirVantage Platform, enabling the creation of new
services that leverage industrial control information. AirVantage
Smart Automation includes:
AirVantage Ready Agent for Smart Automation - Resides in the
communications device and connects industrial equipment that uses
standard industrial communications protocols to M2M applications over
AirVantage Configuration Wizard for Smart Automation - Uses a simple
configuration user interface to create the embedded application logic.
AirVantage Web Services API - Integrates with existing backend systems
or new M2M applications.
For more information about Sierra Wireless AirVantage Smart Automation,
please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/productsandservices/AirVantage/AirVantage_Smart_Automation.aspx. To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or
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About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) offers industry-leading mobile
computing and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications products and
solutions that connect people, devices, and applications over cellular
networks. Wireless service providers, equipment manufacturers,
enterprises and government organizations around the world depend on us
for reliable wireless technology. We offer 2G, 3G and 4G wireless
modems, routers and gateways as well as a comprehensive suite of
software, tools, and services that ensure our customers can
successfully bring wireless applications to market. For more
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1 The SAVE (Seine Aval Véhicules Electriques) project is a joint
initiative by Renault, Schneider Electric, EDF, the Yvelines General
Council, EPAMSA (contracting authority for Seine Aval) and the
Île-de-France region to complete comprehensive tests on electric
vehicles and prepare for the introduction of electric vehicles to the
mass market in France.
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