Microchip has developed a Machine-to-Machine (M2M) platform using its PICtail Daughter Board format, that comes with all of the hardware, wireless-communication protocols and application-code examples needed to help designers jump start their fleet-management or location-based service application.
Developed with u-blox, the new Daughter Board includes the u-blox NEO-6Q GPS and LEON GSM/GPRS modules, and interfaces with Microchip's Multimedia Expansion Board and PIC32 Starter Kit.
The board should enable the quick and easy creation of designs offering communications, as well as a complete graphics interface, with audio, accelerometer and networking capabilities.
It is aimed at the many developers looking to add location awareness and communications to their designs, such as those involving fleet management, monitoring traffic congestion and observing driving habits for insurance-rate structures.
In addition to integrated GPS for tracking via satellites, the M2M PICtail Daughter Board comes with Global System for Mobile (GSM) and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) technology to enable phone, text, e-mail and Web communications, including images and location information.
Microchip says it also offers free-for-download M2M software libraries, to give developers a head start on their coding efforts and reduce time to market.
For more information, visit http://www.microchip.com .
This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.