Migrating M2M Applications to IP-based 2.5G and 3G Cellular Networks

The Internet is a dynamic and unpredictable network environment. Internet-enabling an application that was not intended to communicate over the Internet is not necessarily a simple task. It depends on the time and level of engineering and financial resources available to the developer, on the amount of computing resources (processing power and memory) in the host device, and which protocols the device will use to communicate over the network. Internet-enabling a new product requires careful thought and planning, and a good understanding of the Internet protocols.

There are five main alternatives for connecting a device to a wireless IP network:

  1. Buy or develop a TCP/IP software stack, or download shareware from the Internet, and integrate the protocol stack into the host application
  2. Buy a microcontroller that includes a TCP/IP stack and runs the application
  3. Buy a wireless modem with an embedded TCP/IP stack
  4. Buy a standard wireless modem and using an Internet adapter
  5. Buy an Internet controller chip that offloads the Internet tasks from the MCU.

M2M applications can benefit from using the Internet, which can reduce the costs of infrastructure, operations and communications. Because the Internet is a complex, dynamic, and inconsistently implemented medium that is constantly evolving, an IP connectivity solution must be as dynamic as the Internet. It must be adaptable, simple to use and maintain, yet sophisticated enough to deal with the Internet's inherent inconsistency. The bottom line is that IP connectivity solutions must be reliable and robust.

Connect One's iChip is such a product. It eliminates the time, cost and complexity of connecting devices to the Internet. It is a complete hardware and software solution whose cost of acquisition equals its cost of implementation and ownership. It is the most versatile and risk-free solution on the market when compared to the TCP/IP-enabled wireless modems, software stacks, shareware, and other chip solutions that are currently available. iChip offers much more than just TCP/IP. By offering more value than these other solutions, it is the most cost-effective solution on the market.

Because iChip's reliability has been proven in the field by hundreds of thousands of deployed devices, Connect One's robust solutions give the customer the highest level of comfort. Thanks to Connect One's Internet expertise, customers can confidently and economically migrate their M2M applications to 2.5G and 3G cellular networks.

In this White Paper, we will explore the nature of the Internet and IP-based cellular networks, and relate them to how Internet protocols can be used to the maximum benefit for M2M applications. Because of the global success of GSM (with 72% cellular market share), we will use the GPRS network (which is built over the GSM infrastructure) as an example of an IP-based network that an M2M application must support. We will review the features of Connect One's iChip and discuss how iChip eliminates the time, cost and complexity of connecting devices running M2M applications to the Internet via IP-based 2.5G and 3G cellular networks.

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