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SMSOTAP v1.2.1

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I have just made a little update to the SMSOTAP program so that the little message generation wizzard can add the NETUSER and NETPWD parameters in the OTAP SM sent to the TC65. Thank you John for this little feature request. This pretty useful, without it you could end up adding a new SM and editing each message.

By the way, I have tested this program on Linux with mono and it works fine.


I made some few changes to the SMSOTAP program for the TC65 :

  • I removed the time limit, it’s stable enough to do not force you to update it frequently.
  • It now uses class 1, PID 7d messages instead of class 0, PID 00 compatibility mode (it doesn’t change anything).
  • It generates OTAP SMS only with the parameters you specifiy and use as few SMS as possible. Most of the time, you can use only one OTAP SMS
  • It will prevent you from sending SMS above 140 chars in 8 bits and 160 chars in 7 bits.
  • I fixed a little bug, I replaced “APORNUM:” by “APNORNUM:”

Configuration file from the previous v1.1 version will still work on this one.

[ Download SMSOTAP 1.2 ]

Thanks to Martijn for his comments on the program. You can send me comments if you would like to see new features added or some bugs corrected.

SMS OTAP program for the TC65 updated

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Program updated !

As I told you in the comment where I released this TC65 SMS OTAP program, it didn’t support serial communication. Well, I have added this feature. The program is now able to directly send OTAP SMS, using a GSM modem.

The “config.bin” with your settings file isn’t compatible anymore.

Please tell me if it works for you and/or if you find bugs. You can also ask me questions about the TC65 if you need some help.

So, to use this program :
1. Extract at least SMSOTAP.exe from SMSOTAP.zip
2. Launch “SMSOTAP.exe”
3. Connect your TC65/XT65 modem to your serial port (or virtual serial port using USB interface)
4. Build a short message (take care about the class and the PID)
5. Click on the “Send” button

Note : When your type your message, the “\n” and “\r” are replaced by ‘\n’ and ‘\r’ chars. The carrier-return (CR) chars typed in the textbox are not sent. No other chars than ‘\n’,’\r’ are converted (but I might change that if you need it).

Note 2 : You should always remember that the “AT^SJOTAP” parameters always override the SMS ones. So, if you want to be sure you will always be able to remotely update your chip, you should reset all parameters by sending the “AT^SJOTAP=” command.

Note 3 : There’s a pretty good chance that this program works on a lot of other GSM modems than the Cinterion TC65 chip. It has never been tested on any other chips but it uses standard AT commands (you can see them in the window).

Why TC65 SMS OTAP software update is great

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Update anything

Cinterion gives specifications on how to send SMS messages to launch a remote Over The Air Provisionning (OTAP) operation.

Recently, someone asked me : We have a little program on some TC65 chips that only send SMS, we would like to connect it to the software that you built. What would we have to do. Well that where the magic comes. You don’t have to touch any of the hardware. The only concrete thing you might have to do is enable GPRS on the sim cards of your M2M fleet.

Let’s say the current little program’s name is “little.jar” (+ its “little.jad”). You have to build a program called “little.jad” that :

  • Change the name of the starting program from a:/little.jad to a:/m2msoft.jad
  • launches a local OTAP operation (with the “AT^SJOTAP” command)

Then you publish it on your HTTP server, send an SMS to every TC65 chip with the address of your HTTP server, and HERE IT IS ! Your whole M2M equipments fleet is updated with your brand new software.

Note on the SMS

According to Cinterion’s specifications, it’s pretty easy to send the software update SMS. But, when the time comes where you actually have to do it, you might get stuck, because it has to be precisely forged. I built a little (english+french) program that enables me to send SMS update to any TC65 ship I like.

It looks like that :

I updated the program. More details here.

A little bit deeper

You should remember that whatever parameter is sent by SMS, it is overridden by the “AT^SJOTAP” setting. The only way to have a remote complete control over the chip is to send the “AT^SJOTAP=” command.

That means that if you want to just put your chips where they have to act and then do a little OTAP to install the first program on it, you have to set :

  • AT^SCFG=”Userware/Autostart”,””,”1″