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World's First IEEE1888-supported 3G Communications Module Successfully Connects with M2M Cloud Service

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TOKYO -- October 1, 2012 -- A joint research group made up of Professor Hiroshi Esaki and Assistant Professor Hideya Ochiai of the University of Tokyo (Todai), Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ), and 3G Shield Alliance, today announced that they have successfully developed a 3G communications module (*1) that implements IEEE1888 communications (*2). The group was the first in the world to successfully collect sensor data, including electric meter readings, with an IEEE1888-supported 3G communication module to a commercial cloud service.

The IEEE1888-supported 3G communications module is made by an Arduino board (*3), and a 3G shield that 3G Shield Alliance has developed. Onto this equipment, they installed IEEE1888 communications software (developed at Todai). In addition, the IIJ SIM card (for 3G communications) and the IIJ GIO Service cloud service (for IEEE1888 communications receiver) were used to test the operation of the module.

The IEEE1888-supported 3G communications module is driven by the built-in Arduino controller, which is commonly used around the world. This makes it possible to easily interface with many devices by simply attaching appropriate shields (boards) for specific applications. This equipment makes it possible for sensors and controller devices to connect to an M2M cloud service (*4) using a 3G connection and IEEE1888 standard. Sensors include those for electric power, temperature and humidity, light intensity, CO2, vibration, speed, magnetism, natural gas, and pressure, while controlled devices include lights, warning lights, buzzers, switches, and fans. This has endless applications in all the fundamental fields that make up a smart city, such as electric power, weather, disaster prevention, agriculture, and health care.

The IEEE1888 communications software (3G-shield version) will be released on the website of the Todai Esaki Laboratory on October 1, 2012. Anyone will be able to put together an Arduino board with the 3G shield put out by 3G Shield Alliance at the end of September, and by using the software, they will be able to develop M2M cloud services using IEEE1888.

(*1) 3G communications: Third generation mobile communications (as of 2012, the most common mobile telephone communications network).

(*2) IEEE1888: Ubiquitous Green Community Control Network. This is the leading communications protocol for the monitoring and controlling of a community—such as the Building Energy Management System (BEMS)—that is necessary to creating a smart city, and it was standardized by the IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) in 2011.

(*3) Arduino board: An open-source microprocessor platform that is broadly used around the world. The Arduino board structure makes it possible to flexibly develop hardware and software. When it was released, it was intended for use by educational and research institutes, but if a sound development process is used, it has sufficient reliability, so recently it has been used by many businesses.

(*4) M2M cloud service: In fields such as electric power, weather, disaster prevention, transportation, agriculture, and health care, special ubiquitous sensing devices are placed in the proper locations for each field and connected to the network, so that the equipment can be monitored and controlled remotely. M2M is an abbreviation for machine-to-machine.


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