Industrial networking specialists Amplicon have partnered with SIM card provider Vianet to provide an end-to-end service for evaluating and developing 3G, HSDPA and HSUPA communication systems.
The company has invested in demo stock of a wide range of GPRS and 3G routers and now provides a free evaluation service to customers with qualified projects.
Amplicon can also provide SIM cards with a static IP address that have up to 1,000MB of data usage completely free of charge — an extremely useful service during the early stages of testing a cellular communications link.
The rapid proliferation of mobile broadband for consumer applications has helped to accelerate the deployment of a high bandwidth cellular network across the UK. Many areas already benefit from real-world download speeds in excess of 1Mb/s. The roll-out of high-speed uplink packet access (HSUPA) will see upload speeds increase beyond 1Mb/s opening the door for many new applications.
The security / surveillance market has been the first segment to seize on the opportunity that fast cellular networks bring, with many companies having IP cameras or DVRs at remote sites with the back-haul achieved over a 3G link. This solution saves the cost of leased lines or fibre installations, allows for instant deployment (compared with up to 60 days to install an ADSL connection) and permits a degree of mobility never previously possible thanks to the roaming capability inherent in cellular networks.
Other markets are beginning to follow suit as the cost of data tariffs fall and cellular routers — the primary hardware required to facilitate a 3G connection — also reduce in cost.
David Evans, product development manager at Amplicon, commented: “There are huge benefits to using cellular routers for connectivity to remote sites or in rapid deployment systems. However, there can be a steep learning curve associated with this relatively new technology and Amplicon’s evaluation service and technical expertise can substantially reduce your time to market. Whether you want to connect to IP cameras, DVRs, PLCs, weighing scales or any other serial (RS232/RS485) or Ethernet device we can provide a secure, reliable and easy-to-implement solution.”