Opto 22 introduces modular I/O rack with wireless, M-to-M communications

Temecula, CA—Opto 22 introduced May 19 its new OptoGSM I/O rack, which is the latest addition to its line of machine-to-machine (M2M) systems for providing wireless connectivity to physical business assets.


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OptoGSM accepts industry-standard, G4-footprint, plug-in digital I/O modules, and offers three built-in analog inputs. Combined with a Nokia 30 or 31 GSM connectivity terminal (available separately), OptoGSM transmits machine or environmental data over any global system for mobile communications (GSM) network.

The resulting OptoGSM I/O system provides everything needed-machine connections, mobile communications, and carrier services-to attach to and communicate with systems and equipment. This facilitates a broad range of enterprise activities involving remote equipment monitoring, diagnostics, control, and data acquisition.

OptoGSM I/O system provides a low-cost M2M solution for customers seeking to perform simple monitoring and control of business equipment and systems through short message service (SMS) messaging. The attached Nokia GSM connectivity terminal can also transmit via general packet radio service (GPRS) when used as part of the Nokia M2M Platform.

In addition, the company says that OptoGSM I/O's compact design, low cost, and multiple input/output options make it ideal for monitoring small facilities or areas with low I/O point counts. The hardware requires no programming and only minor configuration, while allowing a mix of up to three analog and digital input points, and five digital output points. Typical applications can include monitoring of temperature, pressure, tank levels, and other variables, as well as on/off control and alarming for lights, motors, generators, and other remote equipment.

'OptoGSM I/O offers users a brand new option for connecting to their extended enterprise over public mobile networks,' says Mark Engman, Opto 22's engineering VP. 'The system's SMS, monitoring, and alarming capabilities make it perfect for basic, low I/O point machine-to-machine applications and gives new users the opportunity to deploy on a small scale with a limited investment.'

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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