Multi-Tech Systems Announces Cellular Development Platform for M2M
MINNEAPOLIS --(Business Wire)-- Multi-Tech Systems, has announced its Cellular Development Platform offering, which allows companies to seamlessly integrate their own software applications into Multi-Tech’s proven hardware platform. Set to be available in May 2010, the Platform enables developers to bridge multiple interfaces and create gateway access to the cellular network by leveraging Linux-based open source software and field-tested, globally approved hardware. This unique combination significantly simplifies the development of cellular M2M solutions, providing the quickest, most economical way to market.
Integrating software applications directly into Multi-Tech’s reliable cellular device platform greatly reduces the complexity and cost of the solution, as it leverages pre-approved hardware and eliminates the need for mixing and matching various hardware pieces. With the ability to cross-compile thousands of Linux-based software packages to run on Multi-Tech hardware, existing applications can often be incorporated and run on the platform with little or no modification.
“The knowledge needed to develop a custom hardware solution is significant,” said Jim Cairns, Multi-Tech Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. “The Multi-Tech Cellular Development Platform levels the playing field so that businesses of all sizes can quickly package an existing solution or develop a new one without advanced in-house hardware design skills.”
Multi-Tech’s ready-to-integrate hardware provides multiple external interfaces, including an onboard GPS receiver and a cellular data connection, to access or monitor connected devices. With remote network access and SMS, a variety of reporting techniques are also readily available. Since Multi-Tech’s hardware is globally approved, companies do not need to worry about pursuing their own regulatory approvals related to cellular connectivity.