Sierra Wireless Integrates SIM, Security and GNSS into Industry’s Smallest, Lowest Power Multi-Mode LPWA Modules

Sierra Wireless Integrates SIM, Security and GNSS into Industry’s Smallest, Lowest Power Multi-Mode LPWA Modules

Sierra Wireless Integrates SIM, Security and GNSS into Industry’s Smallest, Lowest Power Multi-Mode LPWA Modules

AirPrime® HL Series supports LTE-M (Cat-M1/eMTC), NB-IoT (Cat-NB1), and 2G global networks in a compact CF3® module for low power IoT applications.

Sierra Wireless today announced the industry’s smallest, lowest power, multi-mode Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) cellular modules targeted at rapidly growing markets in asset tracking and connected industrial equipment, smart city, healthcare, agriculture and wearables.

AirPrime® HL78 modules, featuring Altair Semiconductor’s integrated ALT1250 chipset, deliver best-in-class power performance extending the life of battery operated devices by 5-10X compared to other available LTE-M/NB-IoT modules. This new level of power saving modes, with improved wake-up and sleep mode responsiveness, as well as ultra-low sleep mode power, make HL78 the module of choice for any power-constrained IoT application.

Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President and General Manager, OEM Solutions, Sierra Wireless, said:

“With the HL78 modules, OEMs and system integrators have the most scalable, lowest power module platform to build their global IoT applications on.”

“And to make it even simpler for our customers, we’ve integrated the SIM and cloud, as well as GNSS and security features, to drive down the size of LPWA connected devices while enhancing tamper resistance and security.”

Sierra Wireless Integrates SIM, Security and GNSS into Industry’s Smallest, Lowest Power Multi-Mode LPWA ModulesIn addition to low-power performance unique to the HL78 design, the modules integrate GNSS tracking capability, security and an embedded SIM in a new compact CF3® size (18mm x15mm) that is pin-to-pin compatible with other HL Series modules. Customers have the flexibility to deploy the same device on global LTE-M (Cat-M1/eMTC) and NB-IoT (Cat-NB1) networks, with support for more than 20 LTE frequency bands in addition to optional 2G fallback.

Built-in security, including HTTPS, secure socket, secure boot and free unlimited firmware over-the-air (FOTA) updates from the AirVantage® device management IoT Platform, helps customers ensure HL78 deployments are future proof and secure.

“More than 690 million LTE-M and NB-IoT connected devices are expected by 2022, and the market needs a low-power, compact embedded module to connect their industrial, smart city, smart home and simpler static sensor applications,” said Dan Shey, Managing Director and Vice President at ABI Research. “With the addition of the HL78 product line, Sierra Wireless has amassed a broad portfolio of low power devices to drive the billions of advanced IoT connections we expect in the next decade.”

LTE-M and NB-IoT LPWA networks deliver a new class of wireless technology specifically designed for low-power IoT applications [see infographic here-below]. LPWA technologies combine lower cost, broader coverage and better battery life with globally available and secure cellular networks ready to connect hundreds of millions more things to the Internet.

“The ability to switch seamlessly between any commercially deployed LTE-M or NB-IoT frequency band gives HL78 customers the flexibility to choose which network they want to deploy their low bandwidth application on. And for those regions where LPWAN coverage is not as widely available, optional 2G fallback ensures their devices stay online,” said Ilan Reingold, Vice President, Business Development and Marketing at Altair Semiconductor (A Sony Group Company). “Incorporating Altair’s advanced IoT chipset, HL78 devices will also enjoy an extended life of up to 15 years on a single battery.”

Availability

The AirPrime HL78 modules are fully compliant with the 3GPP Release 13 standard and are Release-14-ready to support NB2 features in the future. Sierra Wireless AirPrime HL and WP Series modules are the smallest embedded modules 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. HL7800 and HL7802 modules are sampling with lead customers now, with general availability in Q3 2018.

Infographic: What is LPWA?

Sierra Wireless LPWA infographic

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Quectel Receives Industry’s First multimode LPWA Type Approval from Major U.S Operator

Quectel Receives Industry’s First multimode LPWA Type Approval from Verizon

Quectel Receives Industry’s First multimode LPWA Type Approval from Verizon

Quectel Wireless Solutions, a leading global supplier of Internet of Things (IoT) modules, today announced that its BG96 module is the first multimode LPWA module based on Qualcomm modem to receive official Type Approval (TA) from a major U.S. wireless network operator upon conclusion of comprehensive laboratory and field testing.

“The certification is a testament to Quectel’s commitment to delivering high quality and reliable services to our customers. Now customers using our 2G and 3G modules can accelerate their LTE Cat M1 deployment based on the BG96 modules,” said Patrick Qian, Quectel CEO.

BG96, designed for the global market, supports LTE Cat M1, NB-IoT and EGPRS. What’s more, GNSS (GPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU, GALILEO and QZSS) is also supported, which will help customers with location requirement on the compact design and low device cost.

Developed based upon Qualcomm’s multimode LTE modem MDM9206, BG96 features ultra-low power consumption, as well as extended indoor coverage with a 15dB coverage enhancement compared with GSM. Besides, it offers a maximum data rate of 300kbps downlink and 375kbps uplink, and can be applied to vertical segments requesting medium and low data rates.

According to Patrick:

“Quectel BG96 modules along with the LTE Cat M1 network will bring new possibilities for IoT innovators to develop devices for markets requiring low cost, mobility and longer battery life, such as smart metering, tracker, sharing bicycle and emergency alarm panel.”

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Quectel Receives Industry’s First multimode LPWA Type Approval from Verizon

Quectel Receives Industry’s First multimode LPWA Type Approval from Verizon

Quectel Receives Industry’s First multimode LPWA Type Approval from Verizon

Quectel Wireless Solutions, a leading global supplier of Internet of Things (IoT) modules, today announced that its BG96 module is the first multimode LPWA module based on Qualcomm modem to receive official Type Approval (TA) from Verizon upon conclusion of comprehensive laboratory and field testing.

“The certification is a testament to Quectel’s commitment to delivering high quality and reliable services to our customers. Now customers using our 2G and 3G modules can accelerate their LTE Cat M1 deployment based on the BG96 modules,” said Patrick Qian, Quectel CEO.

BG96, designed for the global market, supports LTE Cat M1, NB-IoT and EGPRS. What’s more, GNSS (GPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU, GALILEO and QZSS) is also supported, which will help customers with location requirement on the compact design and low device cost.

Developed based upon Qualcomm’s multimode LTE modem MDM9206, BG96 features ultra-low power consumption, as well as extended indoor coverage with a 15dB coverage enhancement compared with GSM. Besides, it offers a maximum data rate of 300kbps downlink and 375kbps uplink, and can be applied to vertical segments requesting medium and low data rates.

According to Patrick:

“Quectel BG96 modules along with Verizon’s LTE Cat M1 network will bring new possibilities for IoT innovators to develop devices for markets requiring low cost, mobility and longer battery life, such as smart metering, tracker, sharing bicycle and emergency alarm panel.”

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Qualcomm, China Mobile Research Institute and Mobike Plan to Commence First of its Kind LTE IoT Multimode Field Trials in China

Qualcomm, China Mobile Research Institute and Mobike Plan to Commence First of its Kind LTE IoT Multimode Field Trials in China

Qualcomm Technologies’ MDM9206 LTE Modem Supporting Global Multimode Capabilities (eMTC/NB-IoT/GSM) Supports Mobility, Enhanced Connectivity and low Power Consumption for IoT Applications such as Mobike’s Smart Bikes.

Qualcomm Inc. announced today that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., plans to commence the first eMTC/NB-IoT/GSM (LTE Cat M1/NB1 and E-GPRS) multimode field trials in China, with China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) and China’s leading smart bike sharing company, Mobike.

The field trials’ plans contemplate making use of China Mobile’s 2G/4G multimode network and Mobike’s smart lock, supported by the Qualcomm Technologies’ MDM9206 global multimode LTE modem for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

The LTE connectivity and integrated GNSS position-location capability in the MDM9206 LTE modem is designed to help Mobike customers accurately identify an available bike, accelerate the unlock process of the smart lock and assist with real-time management – all while providing Mobike with continuous monitoring of the bike’s status. The trial between Qualcomm Technologies, Mobike and CMRI, marks an important step in the effort by leading wireless and consumer services companies to bring the benefits of global multimode LTE for IoT, to millions of users and large number of industrial enterprises.

In addition, the MDM9206 global multimode LTE modem together with Qualcomm Technologies’ low-power Bluetooth solution is planned to be used in the smart Mobike Preferred Location (sMPL) platform to support sub-meter level positioning, helping Mobike monitor the real-time location and overall status of its bikes including quantity, position, and traffic information from different regions. This platform is also designed to provide operations personnel with smart instructions for the delivery, scheduling, operation and maintenance of the bikes.

“China Mobile Research Institute has been actively boosting the development of IoT and exploring new IoT business opportunities,” said Madam Huang Yuhong, the DGM of China Mobile Research Institute.

“This planned field trials with Qualcomm Technologies and Mobike will further expand the applications for LTE IoT (eMTC/NB-IoT) in areas such as smart bike sharing and smart travel. We will conduct cross-industry integration and innovation to boost ubiquitous IoT solutions and the smart IoT life by jointly working with the China Mobile 5G Joint Innovation Center, and taking full advantage of China Mobile’s vast GSM network and technology leadership in eMTC/NB-IoT.”

“We are committed to providing IoT-optimized solutions that address demands from our customers to bring a new range of applications and services built on the reliability, efficiency and global scale of LTE IoT cellular connectivity,” said Way-Shing Lee, vice president, technology, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Through this cooperation with China Mobile Research Institute and Mobike on the first multimode eMTC/NB-IoT field trial in China, we can showcase a highly connected and efficient system for a new IoT application such as Mobike’s bike sharing platform.”

Ericsson, China Mobile Shanghai and Mobike trial cellular IoT technologies on live network“Mobike pioneered the world’s first smart bike sharing platform, and we are committed to addressing the challenge of short-trips with innovative technologies and solutions and bringing bikes back to the city. Currently, more than 4.5 million smart bikes operate on the Mobike system, which are equipped with the exclusive, independently researched and developed smart locks. Using connectivity capabilities such as those of the MDM9206 LTE modem with integrated GNSS supporting GPS BeiDou and Glonass, Mobike has become one of the largest mobile IoT systems in the world,” said Joe Xia, co-founder and CTO of Mobike.

“Mobike is pleased to work with leading enterprises in global communications and IoT industries like Qualcomm Technologies and China Mobile Research Institute in order to deliver IoT applications and services for end users while taking full advantages of the latest technology breakthroughs.”

The MDM9206 LTE modem is designed to support global Category M1 and NB1/GSM multimode. The IoT-optimized narrowband LTE technologies help the MDM9206 modem to support cost-efficient, low-power, low-bandwidth, multi-year battery life and greater coverage for the next-generation of IoT products and services as compared to previous LTE generations. The MDM9206 LTE modem also provides leading-edge location performance, including an integrated A-GNSS solution, support for cellular and Wi-Fi positioning. The Cat M1 and NB1 LTE modes designed in the MDM9206 modem bring many enhancements and optimizations to LTE that will help reduce IoT device complexity for IoT platforms like Mobike with quicker time to commercialization of their products.

Additionally, Cat M1 and NB1/GSM multimode will enable IoT platforms such as Mobike to develop IoT products that can function in a diverse set of operator deployments worldwide, maximizing the products’ global reach and scalability. The new technologies also can use existing LTE infrastructure and spectrum, coexisting with today’s mobile broadband services, while providing a superior solution to proprietary technologies for low-power wide area networks.

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