For the most detailed and comprehensive information on the RTCU
please make sure to read the
M2M Platform data sheet
Please take your time to read through this
section on the RTCU Concept and you will realize that we are
offering a product based on a concept that is second to none on
the market today!
The RTCU M2M platform is a general platform that allows easy
implementation of a broad range of a telemetry/telematics M2M
applications spanning areas such as:
tracking and fleet management
datalogging and control application
- Alarm /
- Remote Meter
- Remote Control
- SCADA systems
surveillance and control
control and monitoring
- and much more...
State-of-the-Art technologies currently offered in our
- GSM /
- Navigation and Messaging
- Garmin integration.
- RS232 / RS485
- 1-Wire bus
- CAN bus
- Camera interface.
And we are
constantly expanding our products with new features and new
concept is composed of the following main components:
- More than
12 different hardware products. All fully programmable and
RTCU IDE - Integrated Development Environment-, with full featured
- More than
1200 pages of PDF / on-line documentation and code wizard etc.
for rapid development
Gateway communication infrastructure software
Deployment Server for easy upgrade/maintenance of a small to
example programs and deployment packages which can be used as a
starting point for new developments
- State of
the art support! 99% of all support enquiries we get are
answered within maximum a few hours
The RTCU concept rests on a well engineered
architecture that has been refined by our customers feedback
over the last 16 years, and therefore we can today enjoy a
state-of-the-art platform, that be easily deployed and
maintained by our customers with the lowest possible affords and
The major attributes of the RTCU concept are:
platform for M2M applications
programmable in VPL (IEC1131-3 ST based)
VPL is an easy to learn text based high-level
flexible and adaptable
Write once, run anywhere
Program today, run tomorrow
Hardware independency is demonstrated by the fact that a
program written once can execute on any RTCU
device - including the RTCU Emulator - without
any changes or additional testing.
Offering future proof product is of high priority for us
to protect our customers investment in development / debugging
A good example is a program written for our first product in the
year 2000 (early days of GSM Telemetry!) using simple SMS
messages today can run unmodified on our
latest product line communicating over UMTS / GPRS, LAN or Wi-Fi!
Many things changes in the meantime, including: Different
communication method (SMS versus UMTS), New CPU architecture
introduced (16 versus 32 bit) and the customer may have changed
GSM operator or geographical location. Everything is handled
within the RTCU concept, so the legacy software developed for
8..10 years ago still works without any problems!
When comparing products the actual Cost of ownership
must be carefully examined and considered.
Above the advanced architecture used by the
RTCU concept is pictured. As it can be seen, it is a well
designed layered structure with a boot-loader / monitor just
above the actual hardware. The Boot loader / monitor is a simple
components that allows communication with the unit over
a physical cable or CSD - even if the main-firmware has been lost.
The green part with the MPK Real-time Operating System in the
bottom is the actual firmware. On-top of the firmware the TCP/IP
stack, the VPL Virtual Machine and the various hardware drivers
resides. On top of the firmware (the green part) the customer
application is running.
The firmware as well as the application can be
upgraded using a cable connection or over the
air with a Gateway TCP/IP connection.
The RTCU IDE Development tool
The RTCU IDE
is a powerful Integrated Development Environment with the
following main features:
Based on the
RTCU M2M Platform.
true Integrated Development Environment, with all tasks done
within the environment
- Project based
- Folding Editor support
- Context Sensitive Help
- Flyover Help
- Code Wizard
- 1000+ standard functions and
- Many code examples
- Local / remote connection to a
unit for diagnostic or programming
The RTCU Emulator
Emulator is an virtual execution environment
that precisely emulates all current RTCU
The RTCU Emulator canbe used as a stand-alone
tool or it can be integrated swiftly into the
RTCU IDE in order to make coding and test
Emulator is based on the same source code as
the actual RTCU device firmware. Almost all
features and the behavior of each and every
physical device are precisely emulated. This
ensures a precise emulation with only a few
RTCU M2M Platform
devices with separate instance state.
file-system using VHD files.
Programming cable connection.
access over the RTCU Gateway.
Deployment Server support.
RTCU IDE integration.
Logic IO was one of the first with GPRS
support in the world and has a large working experience with
50+ GSM networks.
As it can be seen from the architecture earlier, we are using
our own highly optimized and tuned TCP/IP stack, in contrast
with the simple use of the GSM modules under-featured TCP/IP
The network features offered by the RTCU concept includes:
network and/or GSM problems are handled 100% transparently by the
Applications only handle application domain problems!
(Virtual SMS) technology offers seamless upgrade from SMS and
- RTCU Gateway,
TCP and UDP and co-exist and operate simultaneously
The RTCU Gateway includes the following
in any network:
Independent of global/local- dynamic/static
IP-addresses, firewall configuration etc.
2-way communication is always available
all network related issues.
- Automatically "probes" the health of the connection
recovery of all communication problems
common backbone for communication
The RTCU IDE and the RTCU Deployment Server can
connect using the GPRS Gateway
the VSMS abstraction
open RACP2 protocol
- Portable client source code available
easy to use deployment packages available
under Windows as a Service
Uses the Rijndael Block Cipher (AES)
Lowers the cost of communication without software changes!
The RTCU Deployment Server offers
important functionality for deployment and maintenance of even
the largest installations of RTCU units.
Seamless upgrade of application as well firmware take place
automatically without user intervention or unit operating
interruptions minimizing the cost and impact, when new software
releases are to be deployed.
The main features of the RTCU Deployment Server includes:
add-on to the RTCU Gateway.
- Runs as a
Service under Windows
firmware and application automatically according to a user
takes places during full operation of the unit
Minimizes down-time of the unit
or interrupted upgrade attempts are automatically resumed
Reduces cost of upgradring
delivered unit can be deployed using a simple configuration SMS
logging and status features
This was a short introduction to the
RTCU Concept, its architecture and the various main components
which defines this powerful, versatile and future proof
platform. Please take a closer and more detailed look at the
various pages on our web-site including the list of
Also do not hesitate to contact us for any questions which may
arise during the jorney..