MC Technologies, a leading European provider of M2M and IoT hardware and software, has selected Quectel's EC21 IoT module in various country variations. The module is being used in the company's New LTE Router series as well as in its MC100 family of products. In addition, MC Technologies is utilizing the EC21 across its wide range of IoT products, including the MC9x series of IoT gateways.
The Quectel EC21 is an LTE Category 1 module that offers maximum downlink of 10Mbps and uplink of 4Mbps. With an LCC form factor, it measures 32.0mm × 29.0mm × 2.4mm and variants can operate in extended temperature ranges from -40°C to +85°C, making it suitable for a wide range of deployments.
"The EC21-E is a proven, reliable communication modem we have used in the past with a wide range of customers," said Frank Schmidt, one of the two managing directors of MC Technologies. "The reliable connection it provides to the LTE network and sustained data-transmission performance are a clear differentiator for the product line. The EC21 also supports the Quectel FC20 Wi-Fi module which allows us to offer a comprehensive range of communication options for our IoT customers."
MC Technologies, which is headquartered in Hannover, Germany has been at the forefront of supplying companies with IoT hardware and solutions for many years and is Quectel's official distributor in Germany. The company's wide range of products includes mobile communication routers, terminals and gateways as well as industrial computers. The product portfolio also offers customer-specific cable assemblies and industrial connectors.
With the recent introduction of MC Technologies' MC92, a versatile industrial IoT gateway, the company addressed the need to offer an enhanced IO capabilities line that would have required long development cycles using traditional microcontroller technology. The availability of QuecOpen as a platform for extending the modules features, meant MC Technologies was able to introduce enhanced cloud connectivity after a short development cycle.
"Our solutions are deployed in all geographical regions of the world providing remote diagnostics, connectivity and IoT to cloud integration across the globe," explained Matthias Bannach, the company's other managing director. "Our solutions provide connectivity and management of remote machines and sensors using local as well as cloud-based configuration capabilities. By utilizing firmware over-the-air (FotA) functionality our customers are always up-to-date with firmware and MC Technologies' enhanced functionality."