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Netcomm helps Vodafone expand M2M options

Steve Rogerson
February 11, 2015
An alternative for unconnected machines that need a larger selection of interface options is available from Australian company Netcomm Wireless through global mobile operator Vodafone. The MachineLink 3G Plus has been added to the integrated M2M terminals range.
Developed by Netcomm to facilitate the uptake of M2M across various industries globally, it enables M2M connectivity in areas such as healthcare, agriculture, vending, point of payment and energy.
Vodafone's second annual M2M adoption barometer found that M2M adoption has grown more than 80 per cent, with over one-fifth of companies actively using the technology. The MachineLink 3G Plus is expected to advance this growth by allowing businesses to upgrade from legacy serial connectivity to IP connectivity with access to a broader range of connection choices.
"The Vodafone MachineLink 3G Plus is the second bespoke product developed for Vodafone which gives businesses the ability to select the best solution for their individual applications,” said David Stewart, CEO and managing director of Netcomm Wireless. “It presents a tremendous opportunity for businesses that need extra options to connect and manage valuable assets."
The 3G penta-band modem and router has built-in GPS, as well as seamless compatibility with Vodafone or Vodafone M2M partner networks worldwide, and the Vodafone M2M global platform. The device supports multiple communications protocols and interface options with Ethernet, serial (RS232, 422 and 485), IO and USB 2.0 ports. Designed for flexible customisation, it has an embedded software development kit and open source Linux operating system to support business functions.
Supported by more than 1300 employees, Vodafone’s global M2M platform is said to make it easier for global businesses to manage M2M deployments centrally across multiple territories, with greater control and at a lower cost.