Hitachi Kokusai and u-blox collaborate on M2M module for Japan


u-blox-based M2M Module is targeted at emergency alert systems to relay early warning and evacuation information in Japan. (Photo: u-blox)

Thalwil – Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc. (“HiKE”), a leading Japanese provider of video and wireless network solutions, has completed a collaboration with u-blox to develop a custom M2M wireless module solution targeted at industrial and emergency alert networks throughout Japan.

The module is targeted for use in emergency alert systems to relay early warning and evacuation information to remote video displays in the event of disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes, and tsunamis. The module is also used in M2M systems in Japan for vending machine, remote meter reading, vehicle tracking and digital signage.

“To meet the demanding specifications required by operators and customers, we looked for a partner with deep technical knowledge in both wireless and machine-to-machine communications. u-blox’ extensive knowledge in mobile networks, embedded M2M software, and local presence in Japan was the right combination for us to meet the technical requirements of this project, as well as meet our production deadline,“ said a Hitachi Kokusai Electric spokesperson closely involved in the project.

The module provides a wireless communication link with 7.2 Mb/s downlink and 5.7 Mb/s uplink. It supports high-speed packet communication protocol in addition to voice, email reception and SMS.

About u-blox
Swiss-based u-blox is the global leader in positioning and wireless semiconductors for the consumer, industrial and automotive markets. Our solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and wirelessly communicate via voice, text or video. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u-blox is uniquely positioned to enable OEMs to develop innovative personal, professional and M2M solutions quickly and cost-effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u-blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia and the USA.

About Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.
Tokyo-based Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc. helps to form infrastructure for a safe and affluent society through activities intended to create new value in the areas of communications, information, broadcasting, video and semiconductor manufacturing. The company endeavors to expand the power retained in each discipline while enhancing their collective synergies. The company has 5,477 employees (consolidated), and is listed on the Tokyo stock exchange.  

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