4/22/2004 - Connect OneTM announced that Sabatier SA (Montpellier, France) and Piomak Otomasyon (Istanbul, Turkey) are using Connect One's iConnectorTM in order to enable fleet management terminals and electricity meters, respectively, to operate on the new GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) cellular networks in their countries. Thousands of iConnectors have been deployed worldwide since 2002 by manufacturers and systems integrators of utility meters, mobile terminals, video surveillance systems, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and other devices.
"iConnector enabled us to upgrade our Geoloc terminals from GSM, VHF and UHF radios to GPRS, without modifying our hardware or software to support Internet protocols," said Nicolas Felter, technical director at fleet management terminal manufacturer Sabatier. "We delivered our new GPRS product within six weeks after evaluating iConnector. It is a complete plug-and-play solution."
Piomak provides turnkey solutions for utility, process control, power distribution, and fuel transportation applications. Hizir Akbulut, project manager at Piomak, said, "We needed a fast, reliable solution for remote meter reading that worked with our software and different manufacturers' meters. iConnector enabled us to quickly bid and win major projects, despite lacking experience with GPRS."
"iConnector adds much more than just TCP/IP to our customer's products," said Alan Singer, Connect One's vice president of sales and marketing. "It is a robust solution that includes many connectivity options and features designed to optimize reliable performance over GPRS networks."
iConnector is a stand-alone wireless Internet adapter that works with cellular modems using AMPS, CDMA, CDPD, GPRS, GSM, IDEN, and TDMA protocols. iConnector attaches to the modem and host device via DB-9 connectors. iConnector includes Connect One's iChip Internet ControllerTM chip, an updateable Internet communication chip that mediates the connection between a host device and the Internet. iChip supports the complete TCP/IP stack, but offers much more than just TCP/IP. It includes upper layer protocols (like SMTP, POP3, MIME, HTTP, WAP, FTP and TELNET) and includes onboard Web and WAP servers. It also includes many features that optimize communication over GPRS networks, such as automatic port reconnection, IP address registration, and packet filtering.
iChip's onboard flash memory stores Internet protocols and configuration parameters, which are independent of the host application, and can be remotely updated over the Internet. iChip interfaces a device's host processor via a serial connection and Connect One's AT+iTM Application Programming Interface, which enables manufacturers with limited Internet programming resources to quickly and easily Internet-enable their devices by writing just a few commands in their application. iChip's SerialNETTM mode eliminates any Internet programming by packetizing serial data received on-the-fly from the host device and sending it to a remote IP address via email, HTTP, or TCP or UDP sockets. iChip also operates with dial-up modems, 10/100BaseT Ethernet LANs and 802.11b Wireless LANs.
Pricing and Availability
iConnector is available immediately and costs about $60 in lots of 1,000. Please visit Connect One's Web site at www.connectone.com for a complete list of distributors and representatives.
About Connect One
Connect One develops and produces chips, software, and hardware that enable manufacturers of industrial, commercial, medical and consumer devices to reduce the time, cost, complexity and risk of connecting devices to the Internet. Connect One is privately owned, with offices in Phoenix, AZ and Kfar Saba, Israel. For further information, please visit the company's Web site at http://www.connectone.com or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. iChip, Internet Controller, AT+i, and Connect One are trademarks of Connect One Ltd.
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