Wavecom announced today the first ATEX approved GSM/GPRS wireless microprocessor. The CPU is intended to enable wireless machine-to-machine communication. ATEX (Atmosphere Explosive) is a European Directive for products that will be used in environments where there is a risk of explosion from gas or volatile chemicals.
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The processor is intended to be used in gas meters and metering gateways. The device can work with ZigBee, RF, PLC, and GSM/GPRS communication protocols. The processor is certified for use in ATEX equipment category 1 and 3 in zones 0,1, and 2.
Claude Yonnet, CEO of Technolog, a market leader in the provision of smart metering solutions, added: "We are continually looking for new ways to improve our product designs. The availability of the GSM engine with ATEX component approval presents a number of potential benefits. In particular, the design process and ATEX certification of our gas AMR products should become more efficient."