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Telit m2m Module Embedded in the World’s First Network-Independent Wireless Camera
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Nov 06, 2006
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Telit Communications (AIM:TCM), a leading international mobile technology innovator, today announced that they have partnered with Pedagog to provide the world’s first network-independent wireless camera. The IrisCamera is the first camera that can transmit video recordings live and in color to mobile telephones. Pedagog will launch the IrisCamera in 15 countries across Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia.

The IrisCamera can be installed at any location to keep watch on rooms, individual objects or even people. It comes equipped with a passive infra-red and video motion detector. In alarm mode, the camera continuously scans the surveillance area. As soon as movement is detected, the camera records the event automatically and stores it on a server. The user is then notified of the activity by SMS and can view the recording on his or her mobile telephone. Neither an Internet connection nor a PC is required. A simple 2.5G GPRS mobile telephone is all that’s required.

“It was of particular importance for us to be able to build on a machine-to-machine (m2m) module that can send data with consistent reliability all over the world, which is exactly what Telit provides,” said Dr. Olinga Ta’eed, CEO of Pedagog. “Telit’s unique form functionality will also allow us to continually update Iris with Telit’s next-generation module without rebuilding our entire product.”

Iris includes a standard GPRS SIM card and a battery that offers ten hours of standby or two hours of permanent transmission. Telit’s m2m GSM/GPRS module ensures reliable data transfer. Pedagog first used the GM862-PCS module from Telit in the prototype of the IrisCamera, and then made the switch to the Trizium version with the unique Ball Grid Array (BGA) assembly concept.

BGA is based on tiny solder balls placed on the underside of a module, which allows for direct mounting to the application circuit board without the need for plugs, cables or connectors. The module can now be assembled using an automated pick-and-place assembly for standard SMD components. This not only reduces material costs, but also installation time and assembly costs. The board-to-board BGA mounting is extremely stable and reliable. Together, the compact shape and reduced assembly costs are crucial advantages for use in cost-sensitive applications, such as those for the consumer market.

“We applaud Pedagog’s leadership and foresight - the introduction of the IrisCamera will be a product launch that we should all be watching closely,” said Roger Dewey, President and CEO of Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc.

The GE863-QUAD, which Pedagog will use for Iris in the future, is also quad-band enabled. Since it can be used in the frequency ranges from 824 MHz to 1900 MHz, it can be used anywhere in the world and is thus suitable for the American market. The module, which measures just 41.1 x 31.4 x 3.6 mm and weighs just 9 grams, is also extremely sturdy: it can withstand extreme temperatures from -30 degrees C to +80 degrees C.

There are at least ten times more machines, equipment, vehicles and robots than there are humans in the world, creating a critical need to transfer information efficiently between machines or from machines to humans. The relatively new m2m industry delivers increased efficiency, time savings, improved customer orientation and greater flexibility.

About Pedagog
The company, founded in 1996, develops multimedia solutions for low bandwidths. It has already won numerous prizes for product innovations, such as the European IT Award and the IFSEC Awards for groundbreaking video technology. Pedagog has been working on video surveillance by mobile telephone since 1998. Pedagog’s solutions comply with the high requirements of the British Home Office and are already being used to assist the Police force. The British National Health Service is also using the company’s solutions in telemedicine. For further information please visit http://www.iris.tv

About Telit Communications
Telit is a leading global mobile communications technology company. Its Wireless Solutions division develops manufactures and markets GSM/GPRS and CDMA modules for machine-to-machine (m2m) applications, which enable machines, devices or vehicles to communicate via mobile networks. Telit modules are marketed and deployed worldwide. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market (AIM) (code: TCM). For more information about the company, please visit http://www.telit.com.

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