16x26mm GSM module targets smart gas meters
July 12, 2013 // Julien Happich
The SARA-G350 ATEX low power, surface mount GSM/GPRS modem module released by u-blox is certified for use in devices operating in potentially explosive environments such as smart gas meters.
The ATEX-95 and IECEx equipment directive are EU and international regulations specifying the safety criteria for electrical equipment used in explosive atmospheres. It requires extensive testing at the module level as well as regular audits at design and manufacturing sites in order to continuously verify adherence to stringent requirements. Packaged in a compact 16x26mm LGA module, SARA modules are suitable for a wide range of M2M applications requiring dual or quad-band GSM/GPRS, voice and/or data, optional Internet suite (embedded TCP/IP, UDP/IP, HTTP and FTP), and in-band modem support for eCall and ERA GLONASS vehicle emergency call applications. Drawing less than 0.8 mA in standby mode, the SARA-G350 ATEX fits battery-operated portable applications.
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