Novus AirGate - GPRS Send M2M Data to the Cloud

By Michael Guta October 30, 2013

Machine-to-machine (M2M) modules are deployed around the world in harsh environments and remote regions to collect data. This technology is currently being used to monitor pipelines in Alaska, illegal logging activities in the Amazon, and refrigerated trucks crisscrossing the highways in the United States. The primary goal of these deployments is to transmit data to fleet managers, researchers, law enforcement agencies, and others. Finding the best communication solution ensures the data can be accessed in real-time or near real-time so it can be used to produce the best result.

The quadband Novus AirGate-GPRS can be configured with a data plan SIM card so it can access the Novus Cloud Gateway server through the GSM/GPRS network enabling remote access to Modbus slaves. Modbus is an application layer messaging protocol, providing Master/Slave communication between devices connected together through buses or networks.

The Novus Cloud Gateway is able to receive data from multiple locations for storing, analyzing, and exporting history data. The gateway acts as a packet router or an online data storage server with an interface that provides users with the latest available data from the module including connection status, reports, and any other telemetry points.

The Novus AirGate GPRS has two inputs that can be configured as analog or digital with a magnetic base antenna that includes options with a 3m cable or a cable-less antenna. It is compatible with a global quad-band GSM with authentication to remote gateway for increased data security. It can be set to notify users by generating alerts that can be delivered by e-mail or SMS to designated mobile phone numbers.

Some of the key features of the Novus AirGate GPRS include:

  • Connects to a cloud based gateway through its GSM/GPRS interface, enabling remote access to Modbus slaves connected to local interfaces
  • USB port allows PC connection as a virtual COM port.
  • Isolated USB interface: 2 kV
  • Two configurable RS485 interfaces (baud rate, parity and stop bits)
  • One RS485 is always a Modbus master and the other can be set as master or slave
  • RS485 baud rate from 1200 to 115200 bps

Edited by Ryan Sartor

IoTevolutionworld Contributing Writer

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