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Antennas come in many shapes and sizes, for many different uses. Some are attached externally to the product for the correct functionality, while others must be designed into the end device so it is both invisible and functional. For example, if you have a device enclosed in a metal box, like a router, your antenna […]
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Sierra Wireless Announces Industry’s First Global Dual-Mode LPWA Module with Integrated Application Processing and GNSS

Sierra Wireless Announces Industry’s First Global Dual-Mode LPWA Module with Integrated Application Processing and GNSS

AirPrime® WP Series now supports both LTE-M (Cat-M1) and NB-IoT (Cat-NB1) on a single CF3™ module to simplify design and deployment of innovative LPWA solutions.

Sierra Wireless today announced the industry’s first global, dual-mode Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) cellular modules.

The AirPrime® WP77 smart wireless modules simplify LPWA deployments for customers developing products that need to connect to multiple networks where different LPWA technologies are supported.

The WP77 supports both LTE-M (Cat-M1) and NB-IoT (Cat-NB1) with optional 2G fallback, allowing customers to deploy the same device with multiple network operators worldwide. For those deploying in regions where 4G LTE coverage is not as widely available, 2G fallback ensures their devices stay connected to the network.

ABI Research forecasts that cellular LPWA network technologies will begin to see rapid growth from 2018 onward as carriers upgrade their networks in 2017, however, carriers have varying plans and timelines for LTE-M and NB-IoT.

Dan Shey, Managing Director and Vice President at ABI Research, said:

“A module with dual-mode, global coverage will be very attractive for global equipment manufacturers, especially for applications such as telematics, metering, and location tracking, which we expect will lead the way for LPWA volume deployments.”

With the commercialization of LTE-M and NB-IoT LPWA technologies, cellular is now a superior option for many IoT applications that were previously restricted to short-range technologies due to cost and battery life. LPWA technologies combine lower cost, broader coverage and better battery life with globally available and secure cellular networks and will connect millions more things to the Internet.

“With the AirPrime WP77 modules, IoT developers have everything they need in a single module to quickly build low-power connected products that can be deployed anywhere in the world,” said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Embedded Solutions, Sierra Wireless. “The integrated open source Legato® platform and AirVantage® cloud provide our customers with a proven device-to-cloud architecture to design innovative LPWA solutions that extend the IoT into new applications.”

The WP series dramatically simplifies development for secure telematics and gateway applications, providing a dedicated application CPU core running the Linux-based open source Legato application framework. With integrated GNSS for tracking and location-based services, low-power modes, and a comprehensive set of interfaces for connecting sensors and companion chips, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, customers can develop multi-service platforms for the transportation market, and use the WP77 for applications requiring low throughput and optimized power performance.


The AirPrime WP77 is fully compliant with the 3GPP Release 13 standard and compatible with other devices in the WP family, retaining the same footprint, form factor, application framework and Linux distribution. Sierra Wireless AirPrime HL and WP Series modules are the smallest embedded modules (22 x 23 mm) to be completely interchangeable across 2G, 3G, 4G and LPWA technologies. They use the CF3™ form factor, which is footprint compatible across product lines, providing customers with the option to develop smarter by building their connected IoT product or service on a single module. WP77 modules are sampling with lead customers, with general availability in early 2018.

For more information about the new AirPrime Cat-M1 and Cat-NB1 cellular modules, visit

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Lantronix Announces Availability of Beta Release of IoT Application Development Platform

Lantronix Announces Availability of Beta Release of IoT Application Development Platform

MACH10 Dramatically Simplifies the Process for OEMs to Deliver Web-Scale IoT Applications.

Lantronix, Inc. today announced availability of the beta release of MACH10, a multi-dimensional IoT application development and deployment platform that dramatically simplifies the process for OEMs to deliver web-scale IoT applications.

“Following a successful preview and demonstration of MACH10 to early access customers during the March quarter, we’re pleased to announce the availability of the MACH10 beta,” said Jeff Benck, president and CEO of Lantronix.

“This beta release marks another important milestone as we move towards general availability of MACH10 later this calendar year and accomplishing Lantronix’s mission to deliver easy-to-deploy solutions that enable companies to leverage the benefits of the Internet of Things.”

Utilizing APIs built on industry standard protocols, MACH10 allows OEMs to significantly reduce the amount of time spent in developing IoT applications through extensible ready-to-use management applications that can be deployed immediately and a suite of essential microservices that allow OEMs to jumpstart their IoT application development while preserving their existing IoT software investments.

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Avnet unveils Visible Things Kit to fast track Industrial IoT application development

Avnet, a global technology distributor launched the new SK002 Visible Things Industrial IoT Starter Kit consisting of integrated hardware and embedded software. It can be used to design, test, and deploy IoT projects and systems. The company will showcase the kit at the Internet of Things World Santa Clara Convention Center.

The company already sells a wide variety of IoT products from capacitors, embedded devices, gateway solutions, low-power wide area networking technologies, and microcontrollers to wireless and GPS modules.

The kit includes:

• Smart pressure and energy-harvesting sensors

• Controller area network (CAN)

• NFC connectivity

• Embedded vision and audio

• Power over Ethernet (PoE)

Avnet will also sell an industrial version of the IoT development kit. It will include a smart sensor board with Bluetooth connectivity which lets it send data to a Wi-Fi gateway board. The sensor data is then connected to the cloud services for visualization and analytics.

Use the Postscapes IoT Hardware Guide to compare leading IoT boards/kits to get reviews and pricing info.

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