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M2M Technology Boosts Solar Panel Efficiency with Remote Management Solution

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Solar Photovoltaic Specialist IPM SYSTEM International Using Telit M2M Modules to Increase Efficiency, Prepare for Smart Grid Connectivity

Raleigh, NC – July 17, 2012 – Telit Wireless Solutions, Telit Wireless Solutions, a leading global provider of high-quality machine-to-machine (M2M) modules and value-added services, has won IPM SYSTEM International GmbH as a new client. The Germany-based company specializes in the area of renewable energy, developing innovative regulation and control technology for the optimization of solar photovoltaic panels.

The photovoltaic specialists’ solution portfolio is centered around the Intelligent Power Management System (IPM SYSTEM®). This is a Smart Grid-compatible system that can be regulated and controlled to boost the efficiency, transparency, flexibility and safety of photovoltaic systems. The solution can be used with both new and existing systems, and can therefore also be integrated retroactively and cost-effectively into solar power systems.

The central solution approach is an innovative and intelligent variable switching arrangement of the individual solar modules, which differs from the series switching arrangement that is most commonly used, allowing the efficiency to be boosted by up to 21 per cent.

Photovoltaic systems are monitored and controlled via Machine-to-Machine communication. This means that the status of the PV systems can be verified at any time, or the anticipated energy yield determined. Faults or efficiency losses can also be rapidly detected through M2M communication. It also forms the basis for the setup of the smart grids of tomorrow, intelligent power networks that require the complete communications-based networking and management of equipment for generating, transferring and distributing energy. SIM cards from Telekom Deutschland and radio modules from Telit are being used for the M2M data transfers in the IPM SYSTEM.

Klaus Wiedemann, Managing Director of IPM SYSTEM International, points out: “The strong potential for greater efficiency that our solution provides offers completely new prospects for sustainable energy supplies. From a cost-effectiveness perspective in particular, the IPM SYSTEM is able to make a considerable contribution towards the efficient use of solar energy. One central solution component, especially in light of the issue of the Smart Grid, is M2M communication, which is assured through radio modules from Telit.”

The IPM SYSTEM uses the GSM/GPRS module GE865 from Telit. Measuring just 22 x 22 x 3 mm, it is currently the world’s smallest quad-band BGA (Ball Grid Array) module. This makes it the ideal solution for M2M applications in areas where size and installation height are critical factors such as PDAs or telematics terminals, for example. Thanks to the BGA technology no other system connectors are needed.

Dominikus Hierl, Chief Marketing Officer at Telit Wireless Solutions, explains: “The energy sector is one of our core strategic target markets on which we are also seeing a very high demand for M2M solutions. With IPM SYSTEM, we have successfully gained a trendsetter in this field as one of our new clients. We are delighted that we are able, with our GE865 radio module, to make an important contribution towards making the next generation of automated solar power systems a reality.”

About Telit
Telit Wireless Solutions is a brand of Telit Communications PLC (AIM: TCM), an enabler of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications worldwide providing wireless module technology, M2M managed services and value added services, including connectivity. Exclusively dedicated to M2M with more than 12 years of experience in the market, the company constantly enhances its technology leadership with six R&D centers across the globe. Telit offers an extensive portfolio of the highest quality cellular, short-range RF, and GNSS modules, available in over 80 countries. By supplying scalable products that are interchangeable across families, technologies and generations, Telit is able to keep development costs low and protect customers’ design investments. In addition, Telit is the only module provider in the market today to offer a value added services bundle including connectivity dedicated to simplifying the deployment of M2M applications. Further information on these services can be found at www.m2mAIR.com

Telit provides unmatched customer support and premier design-in expertise through its 27 sales and support offices, a global distributor network of wireless experts with more than 30 Telit-designated Competence Centers, and its online Telit Technical Support Forum.

Telit technology enables organizations to wirelessly collect, process and respond to real-time data from vending machines, utility meters, cars, remote health monitors and any other connected devices, creating new efficiencies and revenue opportunities as well as societal and personal benefits. Further information about Telit and its products can be found at www.telit.com. Join the conversation and learn more about Telit and its customers’ innovative applications on Facebook and Twitter.

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