The ALEOS Application Framework will benefit businesses in the transportation, energy, industrial automation, and enterprise segments that seek to add intelligence and programmability to new or existing M2M implementations.For over a decade, Simple Com Tools has leveraged AirLink products as the foundation for its M2M solutions, and has extensive experience in embedded application development as well as ALEOS configuration. Simple Com Tools has developed an extensive library of embedded applications and utilities over the years, and with the introduction of the ALEOS Application Framework, the company can now take its existing code and port that over to run inside the gateway right alongside ALEOS. “Customers are always trying to drive down the cost of M2M solution components, and we felt that if we could eliminate the need for additional hardware and have embedded data collection applications running inside the gateway itself, we could help them achieve that,” said Brian McKeon, President of Simple Com Tools. “The ALEOS Application Framework helps us to deliver on that goal. It provides a platform for writing our own embedded applications that run right inside the wireless gateway.” Intelligence on the edge The ALEOS Application Framework includes a comprehensive Lua development kit for designing and implementing M2M applications. It provides M2M and network protocol stacks, access to existing ALEOS services, and direct access to hardware interfaces for building custom M2M software programs. The ALEOS Application Framework tools employ an Eclipse-based development environment, which simplifies and expedites M2M application development and supports innovation through open source community contributions. Integrated with AirVantage The ALEOS Application Framework is tightly integrated with the Sierra Wireless AirVantage M2M Cloud Platform, which enables M2M solution providers, system integrators and enterprises to rapidly develop, deploy, and operate end-to-end M2M applications and services. AirVantage includes comprehensive applications to manage cellular subscriptions, communications devices and their attached assets (such as components in machines, telemetric devices in automobiles, and monitoring devices in a home or office); a powerful set of M2M application development tools; and a web services application programming interface (API). It is also used to manage the deployment of applications developed using the ALEOS Application Framework, allowing software updates to be made to an entire fleet of gateways worldwide through a simple user interface.
What customers are saying:David Lamb, Enterprise Solutions Engineer, USAT – “USAT is excited about all the new opportunities the ALEOS Application Framework brings to the M2M space. It enables USAT to run custom programs in devices to perform M2M tasks that were previously cost prohibitive, and it allows USAT to deploy unique configurations to customer specific solutions more rapidly. Now we can truly speak M2M through the Sierra Wireless intelligent gateway.” Craig Linder, Product Manager, GetWireless – “By allowing the migration of customer specific, auxiliary key functionality into the AirLink gateway in a cost-effective, straightforward manner, Sierra Wireless is affording customers a previously unrealizable level of integration and cost savings. Functionality that may have previously required a completely separate piece of hardware can now be pulled into the AirLink device at a fraction of the cost. This is a groundbreaking advancement in the world of cellular gateways.” Brian Rosema, Vice President of Business Development, Digital Highway – “The AirLink Application Framework is a great interface that enables programmers and software engineers to leverage the embedded intelligent functionality within ALEOS. We now have the ability to customize applications that reside on the devices to directly communicate with the vast functionality that ALEOS offers. That means we are much closer to integrating our M2M asset data into a single box solution. Combined with the power of AirVantage, we also have a platform that leverages the device- and asset-side data models into single management portal. It’s true M2M monitoring and management proficiencies at a hierarchy level.” Availability: The ALEOS Application Framework is available from the Sierra Wireless Developer Zone for use with AirLink GX400 and GX440 gateways distributed by Sierra Wireless’ partners and resellers. Additional resources: Developers interested in downloading the ALEOS Application Framework, learning more about it, or trying out the management services available on the AirVantage M2M Cloud Platform are invited to visit http://developer.sierrawireless.com/ALEOS_AF. For more information about AirLink GX Series gateways, please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/en/productsandservices/AirLink/Configurable_Intelligent_Gateways.aspx. To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/sales. To view and download images of Sierra Wireless products, please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/newsroom/productimages.aspx. About Sierra Wireless Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) offers industry-leading mobile computing and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications products and solutions that connect people, devices, and applications over cellular networks. Wireless service providers, equipment manufacturers, enterprises and government organizations around the world depend on us for reliable wireless technology. We offer 2G, 3G and 4G wireless modems, routers and gateways as well as a comprehensive suite of software, tools, and services that ensure our customers can successfully bring wireless applications to market. For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com. “AirLink,” “ALEOS,” and “AirVantage” are trademarks of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
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