Lightfoot processor forms heart of next generation wireless M2M solution
GSM/GPRS/Ethernet router based on Lightfoot 32-bit processor enables wireless communication between machines
Sunbury, Middlesex, UK 22 April 2002 DCT, a developer of high-performance, low-cost Java-enabled microprocessor solutions, has announced a small footprint GSM/GPRS/Ethernet router based on its 32-bit Lightfoot microprocessor, for the rapidly expanding wireless M2M (machine-to-machine) communication market. The company has teamed up with ByBox, a specialist in unattended delivery solutions, to provide wireless locker management services routed via the Lightfoot microprocessor and a GSM module from Sony Ericsson to Royal Mail and Parcel Force.
Nick Randell, software engineering director at DCT, said, "This
is a significant breakthrough in wireless M2M communication. Java is increasingly
becoming a requirement to enable wired and wireless network connectivity
in embedded systems and we are excited at the prospect of playing a key
role in its mass deployment."
Randell adds, "The code density offered by Lightfoot effectively signals the end of 8- and 16-bit microcontrollers and their ancient coding constraints."
ByBox specialises in electronic locker technology, allowing logistics companies to deliver parcels to its customers using banks of lockers at convenient public locations. ByBox technology then enables the logistics companys customers to securely collect, or return, parcels at their own convenience from these locker systems.
With the Lightfoot-based router and Sony Ericsson radio module, ByBox can now control and manage the locker systems over wireless communications networks such as GSM or GPRS. The software can dial in or out from the bank of lockers to the server to confirm locker status and control operations of the locker.
Stuart Miller, chief executive officer of ByBox, said, "This is a significant step in improving our product offering. Wireless M2M technology allows us to break free from the limitations of only being able to manage systems over the fixed line telecoms networks."
Commenting on the choice of Lightfoot, Miller added, "It was the best solution we could find on the market for the price, without the memory or footprint overheads. The system connects to the GSM/GPRS network, and the solution was delivered and running within four weeks of us specifying our needs."
Nick Randell added, "This is a really exciting application of Lightfoot,
and we are already getting interest from several companies for wireless
M2M applications, where intelligent communications between
machines is required, and where decisions need to be made based on machine
status and actions. Java is ideally suited to such requirements."
About wireless M2M
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. Lightfoot
is a trademark of DCT.
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