AT&T Certifies an LTE IoT Module by Sequans

AT&T Certifies an LTE IoT Module by Sequans

Based on Sequans’ Calliope LTE Cat 1 Platform; module supports AT&T’s LTE bands 2, 4, and 12.

Sequans Communications S.A.announced that its US130Q LTE Cat 1 module has been certified to operate on AT&T’s 4G LTE network, having achieved technical acceptance from AT&T’s Network Ready Lab.

The all-in-one LTE for IoT module is based on Sequans’ Calliope LTE Cat 1 Platform and includes memory, power management and a complete RF front-end for AT&T’s LTE bands, all in a single, affordable, compact, surface-mount package.

“We are very pleased to see the US130Q, one of several pin-compatible modules Sequans has designed for the US LTE market, now ready for deployment on AT&T’s LTE network,” said Danny Kedar, head of Sequans’ IoT business unit.

“It is the answer to demand from customers for an AT&T Cat 1 module and it is ideal for IoT applications such as vehicle telematics, security, and surveillance that need LTE Cat 1 throughput. US130Q is a complete solution and comes pre-integrated and pre-certified, significantly reducing time to market for device makers.”

AT&T’s Network Ready Lab program ensures that a module receiving AT&T’s technical acceptance meets AT&T’s performance, interoperability and feature requirements, and that it is approved to operate on AT&T’s 4G LTE network. The US130Q module, supporting LTE bands 2, 4, and 12, is based on Sequans’ Calliope LTE Cat 1 Platform that was ADAPT verified by AT&T last year.

Sequans US130Q module features:

  • Based on Sequans’ Calliope LTE Cat 1 Platform:
    • 3GPP Release 10 compliant
    • PTCRB compliant
    • Category 1 throughput (10 Mbps DL / 5 Mbps UL)
    • Multi-band FDD and TDD capable
  • Operates on LTE bands 2, 4, and 12
  • Embedded OMA-DM client
  • Supports Linux, Android, Windows and a wide range of embedded and realtime OSes
  • Supports IoT-friendly interfaces, including UART, SDIO, USIM, USB 2.0 (including Microsoft MBIM), and 12S/PCM-TDM for audio
  • Connects seamlessly to GNSS for asset and IoT device tracking
  • Ultra small 22.5 X 22.5 X 1.5 mm LGA package
  • Pin-compatible with other Sequans modules

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u-blox Announces Industry’s Lowest Power GNSS SiP Targeting Small Battery Powered Devices

u-blox Announces Industry's Lowest Power GNSS SiP Targeting Small Battery Powered Devices

u-blox today announced the latest member of its ZOE-M8 series of ultra-small GNSS SiPs.

The ZOE-M8B is industry’s most power efficient GNSS System-in-Package (SiP) available for small battery powered consumer devices. It combines superior performance with ultra-low power to deliver an optimized solution for portable and wearable devices targeting the fitness, health monitoring, and personal tracker markets.

Small battery powered devices are defined by their limited size, weight and power, which dictates that any GNSS solution targeting this application space must provide exceptional performance while consuming minimal system resources. The ZOE-M8B has been designed for this class of ultra-low-power applications, where size and power are critical parameters. The ZOE-M8B consumes 25 mW on average in most environments (including urban), and as little as 12 mW during instantaneous tracking. This is a three-fold improvement in power efficiency when compared with other variants in the ZOE-M8 series.

“The ZOE-M8B SiP offers the best trade-off between power consumption and location accuracy,” said Uffe Pless, Product Manager Positioning at u-blox.

“This will enable manufacturers to develop entirely new battery powered devices that integrate GNSS functionality, without comprising performance or the user experience.”

This combination of ultra-low-power operation and high performance is thanks to u-blox’s proprietary Super-E mode of operation, which automatically adjusts the power consumed by the system components based on the external conditions.

The footprint of a design with a chip and individual external components is about 50% larger than the PCB footprint of the ZOE-M8B. Measuring just 4.5 x 4.5 x 1.0 mm, the ZOE-M8B integrates a GNSS receiver, TCXO, SAW and LNA in a single package, making it easy to add accurate location and positioning functionality to almost any device.

The ZOE-M8B is the latest addition to the ZOE-M8 GNSS module family, which consists of the ZOE-M8G for 1.8 volt powered devices and the ZOE-M8Q for 3.0 volt devices, both focusing on maximum accuracy.

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The Internet of Things Will Change Nursing Forever

The Internet of Things Will Change Nursing Forever

By Manuel, Editorial Manager at IoT Business News.

Smart watches have made tracking personal fitness easier than ever. As the wearable technology industry advances, the possible applications abound. Watches and other monitoring devices stand to revolutionize the way we think about, and respond to, changes in our physical well-being.

Imagine the peace of mind that would come with knowing your care team could be updated with changes in your health before you knew anything was amiss. The internet of things is starting to make that possibility a reality by utilizing smart sensors and wearable technology — and the impact on nursing will be massive.

Remote Monitoring

Remote monitoring utilizes smart sensors to record and transmit data about a patient’s status. Information collected may include diagnostic statistics such as blood pressure, pulse, and body temperature, and could also include movement tracking and metabolic fluctuations.

Collecting information remotely means that nurses no longer need to physically see patients as frequently and diminishes the amount of time spent on rote tasks. Because data can be collected and stored or transmitted to another device, it allows patients to be monitored internationally, making better healthcare more accessible around the globe. A single nurse’s impact can extend beyond one geographic location.

Practitioner-Patient Communication

The internet of things allows nurses to be more engaged in patient care while simultaneously reducing the amount of time and energy required to care for each patient. Nurses will be facing a more technology-heavy role in their careers as the field continues to advance.

As less time is spent with each patient, “bedside manner” will become increasingly important. More communication will be provided electronically through apps or video calls, including care reminders to help promote a healthy lifestyle.

Nurses will need to be aware of how effective their communication is in accomplishing patient goals, and make sure that patients aren’t left feeling underserved in a digitally-dominated landscape.

Treatment Plan Adherence

Health data collected remotely will play an important role in measuring treatment plan adherence. Currently, one of the largest obstacles in healthcare is patient behavior; many patients receive a treatment plan and follow it for only a short period of time, and some never adhere to the plan at all, despite knowing it may have negative health consequences.

Nurses will no longer be reliant on patient self-reporting, which is often incomplete or falsified to make the patient appear more cooperative. Without the influence of narrative, medical decisions can be made more confidently and efficiently as influencing factors are based in recorded data.

Nurses will play a vital role in teaching patients how various smart sensors or other monitoring devices work in conjunction with their healthcare and why the increased technology is important and beneficial. Applications that interface with a health system’s software can provide reminders to patient when it’s time to take medication or exercise, or alert the patient’s care team if a patient misses doses or if there is an unexpected change in the patient’s physical condition.

Integrated Care

Applications that interface with a health system’s software will allow nurses easier access to a patient’s progress and needs. Care providers are able to see and update patient records in real time based on information collected from wearable devices or other monitoring systems.

In an environment where patient information is shared among a team of practitioners, patients benefit by receiving a care plan that integrates multiple specialties. This reduces the amount of time a patient spends going in and out of offices, and streamlines the care of chronic or complicated diseases. Nurses will be better equipped to administer the best care when all the information is available in one cohesive and current patient record.

The Impact for Nurses

Once patients are monitored remotely, the focus of care will be able to redirect from reactive medicine to preventative medicine — again reducing the number of office visits needed and decreasing the cost for all parties. As the face of patient care changes, nurses will be required to adapt the way they approach their jobs. Significant updates in data collection, patient monitoring, and practitioner cooperation will require more training with technology and an emphasis on computer mediated communication. Updating the education system will certainly not be an easy road, but as patient care continues to improve, it will be worth it.

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u-blox Certifies World’s Smallest Quad-Band LTE-M Module for AT&T’s Networks

u-blox Certifies World's Smallest Quad-Band LTE-M Module for AT&T's Networks

u-blox today announced certification of its SARA-R410M module on AT&T’s LTE-M network to support a broad spectrum of IoT applications, such as utility meters, telematics, asset & vehicle tracking, security systems, building automation, as well as smart lighting solutions and parking sensors.

Quad-band configuration for cross-border deployment

SARA-R410M is among the first cellular modules certified to support AT&T’s LTE-M network. With a quad-band configuration (B2/B4/B5/B12), it is the only certified module capable of operating on both AT&T’s US LTE-M network and their Mexico network, which is expected to launch by the end of 2017.

Cameron Coursey, vice president, product development, AT&T IoT Solutions, said:

“u-blox’s SARA-R410M module will enable businesses to use the same hardware in both the United States and Mexico. This way, AT&T will be positioned to facilitate important use cases, such as cross-border tracking of vehicles and assets.”

Future-proof upgrade path

Measuring only 16 x 26 mm, SARA-R410M is the world’s smallest quad-band LTE-M module available in market today, a distinction that enables designers to keep device sizes to a minimum. At the same time, it allows for form factor compatibility and easy technology transition from u-blox’s existing 2G and 3G modules.

Patty Felts, Product Manager Cellular at u-blox stressed: “Future firmware updates can also be supported over-the-air with u-blox’s uFOTA client/server solution that uses LWM2M, a light and compact protocol that is ideal for IoT applications. This ensures longevity of customer platforms for many years to come.”

Low power consumption and robust design

With IoT and M2M devices required to operate for long periods of time on a small battery, the u-blox SARA-R410M includes power-save mode (PSM) and extended discontinuous reception (eDRX) that together deliver battery life of up to 10 years. And with manufacturing in ISO/TS 16949-certified production sites and an extended operating temperature range of -40°C to +85°C, it is ideal for industrial applications.

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Sequans and STMicroelectronics Introduce New LTE Tracker Platform to Connect and Locate Objects Everywhere

Sequans and STMicroelectronics Introduce New LTE Tracker Platform to Connect and Locate Objects Everywhere

CLOE to be demoed at Mobile World Congress Americas.

Sequans Communications S.A. and STMicroelectronics today introduced CLOE, a new LTE-connected tracker platform based on the integration of Sequans and ST technologies.

An acronym of Connecting and Locating Objects Everywhere, CLOE combines the Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies of two industry leaders into one comprehensive platform that simplifies the development of LTE-based IoT tracker devices for the full range of vertical markets, including logistics, consumer electronics, and automotive.

Specifically designed and optimized for OEMs and ODMs to add IoT tracking capability to their product offerings, CLOE integrates Sequans’ Monarch LTE Cat M1/NB1 chip and ST’s Teseo III Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) chip for industry-leading communications and satellite-based tracking performance

Antonio Radaelli, Infotainment BU Director, STMicroelectronics, said:

“CLOE targets multiple vertical markets with best-in-class performance for all of the important tracking measures: battery life, location accuracy, reachability, mobility, and reporting periodicity. ‘Componentizing’ ST’s navigation technology and Sequans’ LTE modem technology makes CLOE an ideal platform to build trackers of all types—anything a developer can think of.”

“The tight integration of ST’s latest-generation Teseo chip with our Monarch LTE chip results in a power-optimized, cost-effective, all-in-one solution to speed new IoT tracker devices to market in a very short time,” said Danny Kedar, VP of Sequans IoT business unit. “CLOE delivers ultra reliable LTE connectivity with ultra low power consumption, and high performance GNSS and accelerometer performance, including lowest Time To First Fix (TTFF).”

CLOE Key Features

  • Turnkey cellular tracker solution for OEMs and ODMs, anywhere in the world
  • Chipset integrates PMU, LTE, GNSS, memories, and MCU
  • First-to-market, operator-certified
  • LTE Cat M1/NB1 dual-category
  • Covers all worldwide LTE bands with a single hardware design
  • Industry-leading GNSS accuracy and Time To First Fix
  • Support for autonomous or server-based Assisted GPS (AGPS) for optimal Time To Fix
  • Designed to address multiple track & trace segments, including:
    • Logistics
    • Consumer electronics
    • Automotive
  • Optimized for low power consumption and cost
  • Modular design includes GNSS, cellular connectivity, MEMS; can be expanded to include other sensors, Bluetooth, and/or Wi-Fi.

CLOE is designed and optimized for production based on a full bill of materials (BOM) that includes LTE, GNSS, accelerometer, power supply, battery management, LED, and button management. The modular design enables copy/paste and optimizes BOM cost. CLOE is easily customizable.

CLOE will be demonstrated live at Mobile World Congress Americas, San Francisco, September 12-14, at Sequans’ stand N.501 in the north hall. CLOE will be offered by both Sequans and ST, and availability is scheduled for Q4.

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