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July 03, 2012

Embedded M2M Solutions - Kontron's M2M Smart Services Developer Kits Receive PTCRB Certification


In an effort to help the company’s Machine-to-Machine (M2M) application developer customers to roll-out their own solutions, Kontron – a company offering embedded computing technologies – has announced the successful completion of PCS-1900 Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB (News - Alert))’s certification process on its KM2M800 family of M2M Smart Services Developer Kits.


Demonstrating compliance with mobile network operator requirements, the PTCRB certification ensures that the GSM/W-CDMA devices within the Kontron KM2M800 family are compliant with the defined technical specifications in the North American Permanent Reference Document (NAPRD) to meet network operator requirements for safe operation.

The certification also helps customers streamline the process of carrier approval and their own PTCRB certification before the application is launched on a carrier network.

PTCRB, a global organization of mobile network operators, was formed with an objective of implementing independent, technical and standards-based evaluation processes for GSM/UMTS (News - Alert) network-type certification. It operates a certification program for devices operating in the 850, 1900 MHz bands for GSM technologies, FDD bands II, IV, V for UMTS technologies and eFDD bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 14, 17, 24 and 25 for LTE (News - Alert) technologies.

The Kontron M2M Smart Services Developer Kit, which obtained the PTCRB certification, facilitates for the quick development of wireless connectivity solutions; the kit supports 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN (wireless local area network) and 802.15.4 WPAN (wireless personal area network).

The kit features a COM Express mini Kontron Computer-on-Module COMe-mTT10 powered by an Intel (News - Alert) Atom processor and includes a M2M system carrier board and an AV board to support headed configuration use.

According to Kontron, its M2M application developer customers have the option to add 3G WWAN (wireless wide area network) that can either be pre-installed or easily enabled by dropping in a pre-certified PCI (News - Alert) Express 3G/4G module for additional broadband connectivity flexibility.

In addition, the KM2M800 family of M2M Smart Services Developer Kit also provides OEMs, smart services developers, and independent software vendors (ISVs) with multiple benefits from a COMs-based modular approach. Some of the key benefits offered include reduced development costs, risk and time-to-market in a proven, production-ready COTS small factor platform.

7Layers is the authorized third party laboratory that conducted the testing on the KM2M800 series system within the developer kit.

Kevin Rhoads, VP for embedded products business unit at Kontron, said in a statement, "Kontron, in collaboration with our partner Intel, took the proactive step of PTCRB certification to help our M2M application developer customers streamline the process of carrier approval and their own PTCRB certification before the application can be launched on a carrier network." 

Rhoads added, "PTCRB certification is an important milestone for Kontron’s M2M systems that will give our customers the assurance they need to facilitate the quick time-to-market of their own solutions. To further support our customers who use CDMA networks, we have also initiated additional certification processes for CDMA with major network carriers." ??

Recently, the company had previewed its open pluggable specification (OPS) compliant solution based on the third generation Intel Core processors at the Fourth Annual Shanghai International Digital Signage & Touch Technology Show.



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Edited by Brooke Neuman


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