Gemalto Terminal Unboxing Video and Comparison Chart

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The Terminal for Global Deployments

Offering 12 Bands of LTE Cat.1, 7 bands 3G and Quad Band 2G, the PLS62WT Terminal facilities easy to integrate connectivity on globally deployed mature networks.

Java for Fast Application Development

Embedded Java eases and speeds application development, offering a broad choice of tools, reusable code, a proven security concept, on-device debugging and multi-threading. The IoT Terminals also enable on-device pre-processing and analytics that help optimize wireless network efficiency.

Highly Flexible Mounting for Quick and Easy Implementation

The Terminal offers a highly flexible mounting concept enabling quick and easy implementation via DIN rail mounting, C-rail mounting, screw fixing, or use of cable ties.

Pre-approval Speeds Project Timelines

The Terminals come with Full Type Approval (FTA) and certifications from global network operators ensuring a speedy go-to-market timeline.

  BGS2T BGS5T EHS6T-USB/-LAN EHS6T PLS62T
Technology
2G - 4G
GPRS GPRS HSPA HSPA LTE Cat 1
Regional Focus EMEA
APAC
EMEA
APAC
Global Global Global
Frequency Bands 2G
Quad Band
2G
Quad Band
3G (1,2,5,6,8)
2G Quad Band
3G (1,2,5,6,8)
2G Quad Band
LTE (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, (17), 18, 19, 20, 28) 3G (1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 19) 2G Quad Band
Embedded Processing Java Java Java Java
Industries Metering,  remote monitoring,  transportation, security and many more.
Features on all devices
  • Embedded IP services
  • Advanced Temperature Management
  • RS232 Serial Interface
  • -30°C to +65°C Temperature Range

Gemalto Cinterion Development Tools and Support

Whether you’re an experienced wireless developer or just dabbling in IoT for the first time, Gemalto’s Cinterion Development Tools and online Developer Community provides everything you need to quickly transform concepts into prototypes and prototypes into market-ready integrated solutions. Our unique one-stop-shop approach to IoT streamlines the development process and reduces complexity, significantly shortening project timelines.

Reach out to one of our IoT experts here for more information.

Cellular vs Landline Explained – An interview with Scott Deyoe

LTE/Cellular vs Landline connectionsHere's a link to the podcast of this article:

https://iotms.podbean.com/e/special-covid-episode-5-the-nerds-take-over/

 

Larry - Scott, thanks for taking time out of your schedule to join us on the podcast. To start, many people listening are experts in using traditional landline-based connectivity for both their in-office workers as well as those working from home.

First Question
Aside from the obvious factor of there being no wires, what are some of the differences they need to know between cellular-based connectivity and landlines?

Scott - Good day Larry, thanks for reaching out. It is always a pleasure to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing our industry. Many times, cellular data sessions within good coverage areas are just as reliable or in many cases, more reliable than wireline connections. Obviously, you are billed for all data used on a cellular connection while most landlines are essentially unlimited. IoT data on a cellular network is considered to have a higher value than consumer data and unlimited plans are unheard-of for high bandwidth IoT applications. Many cellular based systems can allow for remote management of the cellular router and of course, you are able to manage the cellular subscription as well.


Second Question
Larry - Ok, that makes sense. Let’s move on to deployment of cellular gateways. What are some key things that IT teams should know about the setup and deployment of devices, especially during a time when they are not able to set up the devices themselves?

Scott - This is when value added partners can be a great benefit. Many resellers of cellular routers are able to offer a full range of services. This would include cellular service, SIM installation, router configuration, antennas, kitting and logistics for deployment. Of course, if you already have a relationship with a carrier you may provide SIMs for the project. There are also some basic security items to consider just like with the network in your office. Do you want to allow direct login to the cellular router? Have you changed the default password and potentially the username? Do you need to block or allow certain services or ports? I think your listeners get the idea.


Third Question
Larry - We have heard that using a cellular connection for corporate based traffic can be more secure than your employee using their home Internet service. Can you explain why this is?

Scott - Yes, it is quite simple. All cellular data is encrypted. The process of establishing a call or data session is authenticated by the carrier and then the data is encrypted. Adding a VPN is for end to end data security, meaning the end user laptop to your company infrastructure. Additionally, you do not have co-mingling of personal use and company use devices. When you allow a user to connect their work computer to their home network, you are allowing all devices on the home network to at least see the work computer. You can set policies on the work computer, but it is potentially subject to whatever else may be on the home network. If you are concerned about data co-mingling, you could request a private APN from the cellular carrier. This means only your devices can see your devices and they are not visible to other routers on the cellular network. The bottom line is that deploying a cellular router to your work at home staff allows you to keep the personal and work traffic separated and gives you control of the security of both wired and wireless connections.


Fourth Question
Larry - Hmm … I actually understand that answer, maybe I am still a bit nerdy after all … on to the next question. Using cellular data introduces an aspect that was not likely an issue, that being lack of cellular coverage in the homes of many remote workers? What can be done to address this issue?

Scott - While coverage in most areas is not an issue, there may be locations where coverage is not ideal. The advantage of a dedicated cellular router is that you have many antenna options over that of using a worker’s phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Most cellular routers support the use of an external antenna. This antenna may be directly connected to the cellular router or via a long coaxial cable to get the antenna situated in the location for the best cellular reception. Of course, the antenna gain presented to the cellular router must be within the specified limits. If getting the antenna to the best reception location is not possible, there are several options for improving reception. The most advanced of these is a Cel-Fi system from Nextivity. These carrier specific intelligent signal boosters are network safe as opposed to simple broadband linear amplifiers. While not ideal for determining the best location for the antenna, the employee’s cellphone RSSI indicator may be used. Some phone models support a tech mode that provides an actual dB signal level. That would be ideal for determining the best location. There are always high gain directional antennas as well. Again, a good reseller should have a wide selection of antenna and booster options available.


Final Question
Larry - For our final question … What advice would you give to IT teams about the upcoming launch of 5G?

Scott - Plan for it as it will be the next wave of advances in cellular data speeds … reduced latency, an increased density of cellular devices and finally, network flexibility. In the future, a fully deployed 5G IT infrastructure by a business would have automatically had that business prepared for the social distancing/work from home situation we currently find ourselves in. With bandwidths greater than cable in many areas, 5G will enable cloud-based data solutions and applications anywhere 5G coverage is found.

Why Cellular data is the best choice for most remote workers

It has been hard to escape the news about how most of the world is now working from home during this stressful time. Whether its issues with connectivity, concerns about data security or just funny memes of people dealing with the fun of small children in their home office, it is top of mind for everyone.

Here are four reasons why using cellular data can eliminate some of the issues:

 

  1. You aren’t competing with your kids for bandwidth on your home Wi-Fi network

     

    Kids of all ages are heavy users of the Internet and most of their chosen activities are very data-intense. Whether they are watching a Netflix show, the latest video from their favourite Youtuber or talking about how bored they while live streaming on Instagram, they are heavily taxing your home Wi-Fi. When you combine this with the fact that many ISPs are seeing huge volumes in most residential neighbourhoods, you are likely to have issues during your video chat with your customers.

    While cellular data networks do not have an infinite amount of bandwidth available, they are not as congested at this time (as most people are connecting their cell phones to a landline-based Wi-Fi network). Today’s 4G networks are more than capable of providing a great platform for video streaming and other vital activities for your work.

  2. They offer a great back-up in the event of an outage to your main wired Internet connection

     

    Whether you are working from home or the office, Internet connectivity is something we need to have working at all times now. Don’t get me wrong, it was always important, but it is vital when most of your suppliers, customers and employees are only accessible online.

    Cellular data connections have always been a vital way to back up your Internet connectivity, but they are more vital now than ever. Most solutions allow for a seamless fallback to cellular connectivity in the event of an outage and provide access to the Internet in the unfortunate event of relocation of an office.

  3. You need to keep your communications secure, even when employees are remote.

     

    While all corporate and government-based data needs to be protected, there is some data that is even more vital to keep secure. Think health care, legal, scientific, military and other confidential data. These are employees that you would normally not allow to work from home during normal times, but these are not normal times.

    In an ideal scenario, you would have your IT teams go out to their homes and set up particular equipment to allow them to work from home. However, your IT teams don’t have the time to do this, so what do you do?

    Cellular gateways have the ability to solve these issues. First, they can be set up with the same security parameters by your IT team via scripts, ensuring that they are both set up quickly and all data is secured. Next, they can be locked down to only transmit data to/from your secure server (and not to access the public Internet). Third, they can be set up in your employee’s homes in seconds, by the employee themselves. Finally, they can be returned after this crisis is over and stored for any future crisis use.

  4. In many cases, you may choose to “cut the cable” when this is all over

     

    Many businesses have discovered that the benefits of using cellular connectivity are so great that they are using them in place of traditional landline services, even when landlines are available.  This is often the case for remote connectivity to key devices, for temporary and seasonal offices and for low-bandwidth sites.

    So, while you may use the cellular gateway for a temporary or failover solution, many will choose to cancel the main Internet connection when this is all said and done.

    Novotech can supply the technology you need to work from home, see our full lineup of products or talk to one of our specialists today.