14 December 2010 (Sydney): NetComm Limited (ASX: NTC) today officially launches the powerful NTC-5000 and NTC-6000 series industrial-grade 3G routers developed to complement a wide range of industrial, commercial and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications.

The mobile M2M market is experiencing a staggering acceleration of worldwide growth due to the surging demand for applications including: smart energy, monitoring, intelligent traffic, media streaming, bank ATMs and security. A report by Infonetics Research revealed that the sector has experienced a tripling of revenue since 2009; and an astounding 66 percent compound annual growth rate is forecast until at least 2014.

“NetComm Commercial developed the feature-rich 3G routers in anticipation of the M2M growth trend. The series launch puts NetComm at the forefront of industrial technology with products that surpass the requirements of modern telemetry, M2M communication and legacy serial applications. Both products in the series offer data transmission via 3G as a flexible alternative, or backup, to a fixed line connection. The products also include secure point-to-point and point-to-multi-point Wide-Area-Network routing capabilities,” says NetComm’s managing director, David Stewart.

“Serving as remote terminal units designed to host resource hungry applications the new NTC-6000 series features a high-speed Atmel ARM9-based microcontroller unit with generous RAM and flash memory. The combination of 3G WAN capabilities, advanced routing functions and data transmission protocols support applications in areas such as: transport, metering, security, surveillance, banking, mining and development," says Mike Bartsch, 3G product manager.

The NTC-6000 renders obsolete the use of an additional PC terminal as the embedded Linux operating system and software development kit (SDK) allow for the development of custom applications that are hosted and executed on the router. Both models in the series include Ethernet, a serial RS-232 interface and an integrated GPS feature, and run at peak data rates of up to 7.2 Mbps in HSDPA downlink and 5.76 Mbps in HSUPA uplink. Industrial-grade features including a wide operating temperature range of -30°C to 70°C and nominal input voltage range of 8 to 28 Volts DC as well as a locking power terminal for easy field termination makes the NTC-6000 series ideal for a wide range of industrial and M2M applications.

Designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia, the NTC-5000 and 6000 series features new space-optimised ruggedized housing making it highly adaptable to various environments. Ease of setup for remote installation as well as multi-level system monitoring to ensure undisrupted communication are also key features.

Mike Bartsch says “The experience gained from the development of our CallDirect Series products has allowed us to introduce dual system management capabilities which allow our customers to upgrade the router’s firmware over the air to maximize reliability and reduce lifetime cost.”

Both the NTC-5000 and 6000 series routers have been technically approved to operate on Telstra’s Next G™ network and are also with most other major carriers including Optus and Vodafone-Hutchinson.

For enquiries please contact:

Stephanie Stewart
Communications Manager
T: +61 2 9424 2045
M: +61 450 391 792
E: [email protected]