Opto 22 Introduces OptoGSM I/O<sup>TM</sup>, Low-cost Modular I/O for Machine to Machine Communications

  • May 20, 2003
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Temecula, CA — May 19, 2003 — Opto 22, a manufacturer and developer of hardware and software for industrial automation, remote monitoring, and enterprise data acquisition, has introduced the OptoGSM I/O rack, the latest addition to the company’s line of machine-to-machine (M2M) systems for providing wireless connectivity to physical business assets. The OptoGSM I/O rack accepts industry standard, G4-footprint, plug-in digital I/O modules, and further offers three built-in analog inputs. Combined with a Nokia 30 or 31 GSM Connectivity Terminal™ (available separately), the OptoGSM I/O rack transmits machine or environmental data over any GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) 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, thus facilitating a broad range of enterprise activities involving remote equipment monitoring, diagnostics, control, and data acquisition.The 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™.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 our customers a brand-new option for connecting to their extended enterprise over public mobile networks,” says Mark Engman, Opto 22 vice president of engineering. “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.”The OptoGSM I/O rack is priced at $245 US and will be available 3rd quarter of 2003 from the Opto 22 Web site (www.opto22.com) or through a network of authorized distributors.About Opto 22Opto 22 manufactures and develops hardware and software products for applications in industrial automation, remote monitoring, and enterprise data acquisition. Using standard, commercially available Internet, networking, and computer technologies, Opto 22’s input/output and control systems allow customers to monitor, control, and acquire data from all of the mechanical, electrical, and electronic assets that are key to their business operations. Opto 22's products and services support automation end users, OEMs, and information technology and operations personnel. Founded in 1974 and with over 75 million Opto 22-connected devices deployed worldwide, the company has an established reputation for quality and reliability.Opto 22 products are sold through a worldwide network of distributors, partners, and system integrators. For more information, contact Opto 22 headquarters at 800-321-OPTO or visit our Web site at www.opto22.com.

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